Canada Summer Jobs 2016: More employers applying to hire students this summer

GATINEAU, QC, April 19, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced today that a record number of applications have been received under Canada's newly expanded Canada Summer Jobs program.

The Minister announced today that the number of employers interested in hiring students this year has soared by almost 30 percent. In all, 36,833 applications have been received from employers, up from 28,352 last year.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last February that the Government would be providing support to hire up to 70,000 students across the country this summer through the expanded Canada Summer Jobs, doubling the 34,000 positions funded in 2015. The annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs was increased by $113 million for each of the next three years, beginning in 2016–17.

Employers across the country heard the call. This year, through Canada Summer Jobs, the Government of Canada will be able to help more students get summer employment. These students will learn new skills and save money for their education when they return to school in September.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create one or more summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Employers will be notified in May regarding the status of their application.

Quick Facts

  • The annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs will increase by $113 million for each of the next three years, beginning in 2016–17.
  • This is the first increase to the Canada Summer Jobs annual budget of $107.5 million since 2009.
  • Since its inception in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 330,000 students.
  • In 2015, 300,000 students were unable to find jobs during the summer in Canada.

Quote

"We've promised to help Canada's youth get ready for the job market, and this is a great start. I'm very proud to say that we're delivering on our commitment to help youth gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace, during and after their studies."
– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

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Canada Summer Jobs 2016
Applications

 

Province/Territory

Number of Applications Received

2016

2015

% increase





Newfoundland and Labrador

1,733

1,406

23.3%

Prince Edward Island

580

428

35.5%

Nova Scotia

2,155

1,759

22.5%

New Brunswick

2,355

1,923

22.5%

Quebec

8,479

7,017

20.8%

Ontario

12,425

8,623

44.1%

Manitoba

1,356

1,087

24.7%

Saskatchewan

1,304

1,066

22.3%

Alberta

2,538

2,034

24.8%

Nunavut

26

11

136.4%

Northwest Territories

89

56

58.9%

British Columbia

3,695

2,882

28.2%

Yukon

98

60

63.3%





Canada

36,833

28,352

29.9%

 

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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