WHISTLER, BC, July 6, 2017 /CNW/ - Helping young Canadians develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience will ensure a strong economy and a healthy middle class. Canada's future depends on a highly skilled and experienced workforce, and Canada Summer Jobs helps employers create job opportunities for youth in their communities.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that students in Whistler, British Columbia, will have summer jobs with the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association. The Government of Canada will provide more than $17,000 in funding for this project to help four young Canadians get work experience and develop the skills they need to get a strong start in their careers. These students will have the opportunity to gain experience as a Trail Builder and Administrative Assistant.
Minister Hajdu made the announcement at the Skier's Plaza in Whistler Village, accompanied by Her Worship Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Mayor of Whistler, and Pam Goldsmith Jones, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country.
"Canada's future depends on young Canadians having the skills and experience they need to thrive in the workforce. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, students in Whistler have an opportunity to work for the summer and pay for their education while learning new skills."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
"Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, students in Whistler will have valuable work experience this summer. These types of programs are at the heart of our community's accessibility, sport and learning culture and I would like to thank the Government of Canada for making it possible."
– Her Worship Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Mayor of Whistler
“I am thrilled with the Canada Summer Jobs program and the impact this funding has on our community. This funding goes a long way in helping maintain excellent trails that make Whistler the fantastic place it is.”
– Craig Mackenzie, Whistler Off-Road Road Cycling Association
- Canada Summer Jobs is part of the federal government's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year the Government invests more than $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and keep good, well-paying jobs.
- In March, Budget 2017 proposed an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18.
- In 2016 the federal government significantly increased its investment in the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program by allocating an additional $339 million to create more summer jobs for young Canadians. As a result, in 2016 the CSJ program funded roughly 65,800 jobs, which nearly doubled the number of jobs created over previous years. Since its inception in 2007, CSJ has helped approximately 330,000 students.
- Since 2005, YES has helped over 820,000 young Canadians get the training and work experience they need to enter the job market.
Youth Employment Strategy
The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workforce. YES includes Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience and is delivered by 11 federal departments.
- Summer Work Experience provides wage subsidies to employers to create summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students. The Summer Work Experience program includes Canada Summer Jobs.
- Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop employability skills and gain the experience they need to find a job or return to school.
- Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships. It helps provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or pursue advanced studies.
Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million through YES to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs.
Budget 2016 provided $165.4 million in 2016–17 for YES to create new green jobs for youth, increase the number of youth who access the Skills Link program and support employment opportunities in the heritage sector. In 2016, Employment and Social Development Canada received an additional $339 million to create up to 35,000 additional jobs under the Canada Summer Jobs program each year for three years.
To further expand employment opportunities for young Canadians, Budget 2017 proposes to provide an additional $395.5 million over three years, starting in 2017–18 for YES.
The 2016 and 2017 investments will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school; create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Matt Pascuzzo, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, [email protected], 819-654-5613; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]