OTTAWA, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - The federal government has made a commendable
investment of $10 million to the Canada Summer Jobs Program after years
of underfunding and record high student unemployment. The investment
comes after a lack of consistency in ensuring summer employment for
students and represents the first funding increase the program has seen
since its funding was cut in 2006.
"The Canada Summer Jobs Program creates jobs for students that would not
otherwise exist," said David Molenhuis, National Chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "After record levels of unemployment
and the vast majority of students facing tuition fee increases it is
high time that the federal government do something about it."
Before the 2007 recession, student unemployment in Canada was considered
unacceptably high at nearly double the national average. According to
Statistics Canada, students aged 15-24 faced the second highest summer
unemployment rate on record at 19.2% in 2009. Student unemployment
continues to outpace pre-recession levels, furthering concerns that
many students will not have enough money to make it through the year.
As well, the Conservative government has shown inconsistent support for
student employment since 2006 when Canada Summer Jobs Program funding
was cut in half. Subsequent budgets have ultimately reversed funding
cuts. Even though summer 2009 was the bleakest job market for students
in recent history, the government has finally decided to increase
funding and address student employment.
"Student summer jobs will employ more students in the short-term and
will also provide skills development in the long-term," added
Molenhuis. "Only through government investment is this possible."
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF STUDENTS
For further information:
David Molenhuis, National Chairperson, (613) 232-7394