Employers who haven't already applied are invited to do so today
GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 25, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canada Summer Jobs Program gives tens of thousands of young Canadians the chance to gain skills and valuable work experience, which will help them start a meaningful career.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that to ensure young Canadians have as many good quality summer job opportunities as possible the employer application period for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is being extended until February 3, 2019.
For 2019, changes have been made to CSJ that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for young people to access them:
- Fewer barriers to good quality jobs: expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
- Updated eligibility criteria: the eligibility criteria for employers have been changed.
- Better job matching: All positions will be posted on jobbank.gc.ca and on the mobile app, to help match young people to employers and good quality jobs.
Every year, CSJ welcomes applicants from small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and public-sector employers that provide quality summer jobs for youth.
Along with supporting local priorities, employers are invited to submit applications that complement this year's national priorities:
- organizations that provide services to, or intend to hire, youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or who have additional barriers to the labour market;
- opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades;
- opportunities for youth in rural areas and remote communities, and Official Language Minority Communities;
- small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to job creation; and
- organizations that deliver support or services to seniors.
Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire youth as early as April 2019. For more information and to apply for funding, please visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs or visit a Service Canada Centre.
"Young Canadians are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That's why our government is focused on ensuring they get the skills and training they need to succeed. Canada Summer Jobs is an incredibly important program for helping young people achieve this. Providing youth with opportunities for paid, meaningful work experience, helps ensure they have a fair shot at success."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
- Not-for-profit employers can receive funding up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs.
- Public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 employees can receive funding up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.
- Budget 2016 doubled the CSJ base budget of $107.5M to allow the program to create up to 70,000 jobs per year, nearly doubling the number of jobs created since 2015.
- The importance of quality youth employment to Canada's future prosperity is why Budget 2018 provided a five-year funding horizon to the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to fund its modernization, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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