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

MONTREAL, July 20, 2016 /CNW/ - More students than ever before will be working in Quebec under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program this year, thanks to unprecedented interest shown by employers and students across the province, Peter Schiefke, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Youth, announced today at the Corporation de développement communautaire de Côte-des-Neiges, located in the constituency of Outremont.

Parliamentary Secretary Schiefke, on behalf of the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour announced that in the constituency of Outremont, a total of 348 summer jobs were approved for funding from 83 projects for a total of $1.2 million, an increase of 116 percent from the 161 student jobs approved through the program last year. Across 16 Montreal constituencies, a total of 3,929 summer jobs were approved for 1,150 projects for an investment of $12.6 million an increase of 97 percent from the 1,988 jobs approved for 1,016 projects in 2015.

Overall, employers in Quebec have received approval to hire 17,120 students this summer across 78 constituencies. That is up from the 8,912 student jobs approved through the program last year in 75 constituencies before constituency boundary changes were enacted for the 2015 election.

The Corporation de développement communautaire de Côte-des-Neiges is a community organization that includes nearly 50 neighborhood organizations on the Island of Montreal. The organization works to improve the quality of life and living conditions of its population and fights against poverty, discrimination and all forms of exclusion. The Corporation has been approved to hire 7 students under the CSJ program in 2016.

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 CSJ 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 to the 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.

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"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

"The Canada Summer Jobs program has been a phenomenal success. Students and employers across the country are making a difference that will reap benefits on our economy for years to come."
Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Youth

"The Corporation de développement communautaire de Côte-des-Neiges has hired six employees to organize activities in two parks in the neighbourhood. We have also hired a housing search agent. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, these activities are able to take place and meet the needs of families of newcomers to the country."
Fatma Djebbar, representative of the Corporation de développement communautaire de Côte-des-Neiges

Quick Facts

  • Across the Province of Quebec this summer:
    • $53.5 million in funding has been approved compared to $27.9 million last summer.
    • For the small business sector, a total of 1,414 jobs have been approved for funding compared to 243 in 2015, an increase of 482 percent.
    • In the public sector, a total of 2,138 jobs have been approved for funding compared to 1,105 in 2015, an increase of 93 percent.
    • For the not-for-profit sector, a total of 13,568 jobs 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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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, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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