For many young Canadians, summer is the time when they earn money for the upcoming school year. A summer job is an important way for young people to learn new skills and get valuable work experience for their résumés.
Hiring a student is a win-win for everybody. On one hand, employers are benefitting from the new skills and perspectives that youth have to offer. On the other hand, students are gaining much-needed skills and experience, all while contributing to their community.
It’s essential that young Canadians have access to meaningful work from the start of their careers. That’s why the Government of Canada is giving young Canadians the opportunity to do just that through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program.
Last year, the Government of Canada nearly doubled the number of jobs available through the CSJ program. In Saint Boniface — Saint Vital, the number of summer jobs supported increased to 130, more than double 2015’s 56 funded positions. CSJ funding in the riding rose from $248,555 in 2015 to $517,124 in 2016.
I am happy to confirm that this summer, 139 positions were funded in our riding, for a total of $517,701. This funding also supports not-for-profit, public and small business employers in delivering over 70 projects in our Saint Boniface – Saint Vital communities.
Job opportunities for young people are available across the country, in every region. I encourage all students in Saint Boniface – Saint Vital, aged 15-30 years, to visit the Canada Summer Jobs website to find out which employers in our community are hiring. You can also visit Job Bank, an online tool that helps job seekers connect with employers across the country.
When young Canadians have opportunities to get experience and build their skills, they can count on a better and brighter future.
I look forward to speaking with you about the CSJ and other government programs and initiatives on Canada Day. I’ll be dropping by many community gatherings including at the Royal Canadian Mint, the St. Boniface Museum, the St. Boniface Cathedral, Fort Gibraltar, Riverside Lions Seniors Estates (100th Anniversary of Lionism and Dedication of new Concert Garden), Ron Duhamel Park in Sage Creek and The Forks. I hope to see you at all these events!
I hope you all have an enjoyable and restful summer! Happy Canada Day!