Investing in students: Creating new jobs and opportunities

    Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $20 million for student employment

    WINNIPEG, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of Canada's Economic Action
Plan, the Government of Canada is increasing funding to federal public service
student employment programs to help Canadian students across the country
acquire skills and work experience.
    "Starting this summer and throughout the next two years, our government
is investing more to support young Canadians," said Vic Toews, President of
the Treasury Board. "This means the creation of more jobs for students, as
well as preparing them for the workforce, through experience and learning
opportunities across the country."
    Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing $20 million, over the next two
years, to enhance federal public service student employment which last year
resulted in the hiring of 23,000 post-secondary students. This additional
funding will create new job opportunities for up to 2,000 additional students.
    Funding under federal public service student employment programs is
allocated directly to departments and agencies across the federal public
service to pay for student salaries. These additional funds will allow the
government to hire more students than previously planned. It will also benefit
regional economies since over 60% of student jobs are outside the national
capital region.
    This year more Canadian students from all parts of the country can be
hired by departments and agencies through three existing programs: the Federal
Student Work Experience Program, the Co-operative Education and Internship
Program and the Research Affiliate Program. The experience gained through
these programs provides students with skills and abilities, including those
sought by the public service.
    This initiative also supports the Government's commitment to the renewal
of the federal public service by giving potential recruits an opportunity to
familiarize themselves with the large range of careers offered by the federal
public service.
    "Through our Economic Action Plan, Canada's government is investing in
youth, creating jobs and stimulating the economy," said Toews.
    For more information on recruitment programs for students in the public
service, please visit


For further information:

For further information: Christine Csversko, Office of the President of
the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666; Pierre-Alain Bujold, Spokesperson,
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, (613) 957-2640; TTY (Telecommunications
device for the hearing impaired) - (613) 957-9090; This news release is
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