Best summer ever - Record number of jobs and opportunities in Quebec through Canada Summer Jobs Program

QUÉBEC, July 14, 2016 /CNW/ - More Quebec students than ever before will be working as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program this year, thanks to unprecedented interest shown by employers and students from across the province, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced today at the Centre de la petite enfance l'Essentiel.

Minister Duclos, on behalf of the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that in the constituency of Québec, a total of 172 summer jobs were approved for 127 projects, for a total of $614,667. This represents an increase of 55 percent from the 111 student jobs approved through the program last year. In total, employers in the province of Quebec have received approval to hire 17,120 students this summer across 78 constituencies. This is up from the 8,912 student jobs approved through the program last year in 75 constituencies before the boundary changes were enacted for the 2015 election.

Across the five constituencies in the Quebec City area, 1,048 jobs were approved for a total of $3.5 million, an increase of 77 percent from the 591 student jobs approved last year.

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, announced in June that more than 77,000 jobs were approved for funding for students across Canada through the program. That number is more than double last year's 34,000 and roughly 7,000 more than originally anticipated when the Government announced a boost in funding in the federal budget earlier this year.

Supporting youth employment and opportunities is part of the Government of Canada's approach to help the middle class and Canadians seeking to join it.


"More young students are working across the country and will get the opportunity to earn income and build friendships while learning new skills this summer. Canada Summer Jobs is an opportunity for students to prepare for their future and save for school."
– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"Over the past decade, many young Canadians were unemployed or underemployed, and many stopped looking for work altogether. With the number of summer jobs announced today, we are changing that as more Quebec City students will be working this summer. The Government is delivering on its promise to help young Canadians find employment."
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

"For the last decade, we've had the opportunity to benefit from the summer jobs program for students. This allows us to increase support to our summer activities and to welcome new families to the CPE. By being immersed in the workplace, the student also benefits from meaningful and varied experiences that allow her to use what she has learned at school on the ground. Many students later return to work for us until they have completed their education."
–  Michèle Boucher, Executive Director, CPE L'Essentiel

Quick Facts

  • Across the province of Quebec this summer:
    • $53.5 million in funding has been approved, compared to $27.9 million last summer.
    • a total of 1,414 jobs in the small business sector have been approved for funding, compared to 243 in 2015—an increase of 482 percent.
    • a total of 2,138 jobs in the public sector have been approved for funding, compared to 1,105 in 2015—an increase of 93 percent.
    • a total of 13,568 jobs in the not-for-profit sector have been approved for funding, compared to 7,564 in 2015—an increase of 79 percent.
  • Budget 2016 increased funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program by $339 million over three years, beginning in 2016-17.

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Youth Employment Strategy

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. The YES helps youth between the ages of 15 to 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workforce. The YES includes the Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience programs, and is delivered by 11 federal departments.

  • Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop employability skills and gain experience they need to find a job or return to school.
  • Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships and helps provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job and/or pursue advanced studies.
  • Summer Work Experience provides wage subsidies to employers to create summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students. The Summer Work Experience program includes Canada Summer Jobs.

Each year, the Government invests approximately $330 million in the YES to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs.

Budget 2016 builds on that amount and proposes to invest an additional $278.4 million in 2016–17 in the YES to help nurture and develop the underutilized talent of Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities, single parents and newcomers, by:

  • creating new green jobs for youth;
  • increasing the number of youth who access the Skills Link program, which helps young Canadians overcome barriers to employment;
  • supporting employment opportunities in the heritage sector under the Young Canada Works program; and
  • making new investments in the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Canada Summer Jobs

In February 2016, the Government announced that it would create up to 35,000 additional jobs in each of the next three years under the Canada Summer Jobs program. The investment of $339 million over three years, starting 2016–17, will nearly double the number of job opportunities supported by the program.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for students.

The program creates summer job opportunities and provides valuable work experience for youth intending to return to their studies full-time in the next school year. It also helps employers generate jobs that focus on priorities important to their communities, as well as on a number of national priorities, including:

  • employers who help welcome and settle Syrian refugees to Canada, as well as Syrian students;
  • Indigenous people, who are among the fastest-growing segments of the Canadian population;
  • small businesses working to become more innovative, competitive and successful ( in recognition of their key contribution to the creation of new jobs); and
  • cultural and creative industries looking to create jobs and to strengthen our rich Canadian identity. This priority will support the planning of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.


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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: John O'Leary, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, 819-654-5611; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559,

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