Student unemployment continues to climb

    OTTAWA, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The unemployment rate for students aged
19-24 shot up to 21% in July, according to a report released today by
Statistics Canada, the highest July unemployment rate since 1977.
    "Students who are unable to find work this summer will have a much harder
time paying for their education this fall, and might not be able to return to
school in September " said Arati Sharma, National Director of the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
    "There are government resources available to students to assist them
during these difficult times," continued Sharma. "But we are concerned that
very few students are aware of them.
    Despite having invested in significant new programs such as the Repayment
Assistance Plan and the Canada Student Grant Program, as well as increasing
student loan limits, the federal government has not been successful in
promoting awareness and information regarding these programs.
    "We've told the government they need to do a better job of telling
students about the financial aid available to them. It's even more important
for unemployed students so they can continue going to school," said Sharma.
    With fewer students working, there will be an increased need for Student
Financial Aid. CASA is asking the Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development to expand the needs assessment process for student financial aid
in order to help students who will need it, but don't currently qualify.

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit national student organization composed of 24 student
associations, representing 300,000 students from coast to coast.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jillian Flake, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations, Tel.: (613) 236-3457 ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605,

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