AVALON, NL, July 29, 2016 /CNW/ - More Newfoundland and Labrador students than ever before will be working under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program this year, thanks to unprecedented interest shown by employers and students across the province. Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
MP McDonald announced that in the constituency of Avalon, 529 summer jobs have been approved for funding, for an investment of $1.2 million. Across Newfoundland and Labrador, employers have received approval to hire 3,623 students this summer in seven constituencies. That is up 19 percent from the 3,041 student jobs approved through the program 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 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.
"More young students are working across the country and will get the opportunity to earn valuable 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
"Canada Summer Jobs gives students the chance to break into the labour market, and it provides them with valuable work experience. Employers benefit from the new skills and perspectives that youth have to offer."
– Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon
- Across Newfoundland and Labrador this summer:
- In Bonavista–Burin–Trinity riding, 608 jobs have been approved for funding, for a total amount of $1.4 million.
- In Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame, 643 jobs have been approved for funding, for a total amount of $1.5 million.
- In Labrador, 166 jobs have been approved for funding, for a total amount of $385,857.
- In Long Range Mountains, 679 jobs have been approved for funding, for a total amount of $1.6 million.
- In St. John's East, 417 jobs have been approved for funding, for a total amount of $1 million.
- In St. John's South–Mount Pearl, 581 jobs have been approved for funding, for a total amount of $1.4 million.
- Budget 2016 increased funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program by $339 million over three years, beginning in 2016–17.
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, [email protected]