The number of summer jobs created for students through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program has doubled in the riding this year.
The CSJ helps our students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, while earning money for the upcoming school year. In addition, the CSJ supports not-for-profit, public and small business employers who want and need additional staff for the summer.
In Saint Boniface — Saint Vital, the number of summer jobs supported has increased to 130, more than double last summer’s 56 funded positions. CSJ funding in the riding has risen from $248,555 in 2015 to $517,124 in 2016.
This is great news for the youth in Saint Boniface — Saint Vital, who will gain much-needed work experience and further insight into possible future career paths. It also supports not-for-profit, public and small business employers in delivering 70 projects for our community.
The CSJ creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience specifically for youth aged 15 to 30 intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
On February 12, the Government of Canada announced that it is fulfilling its commitment to double the number of summer jobs to be created for students, helping them build a stronger future and obtain the skills and experience they need to contribute to our collective economic growth. Funding for the CSJ program is also doubling to $220 million annually for the next three years beginning in 2016. This new funding will help expand the number of youth who can be hired from just over 34,000 in 2015 to up to 70,000 this summer.
- This is the first Canada Summer Jobs program budget increase since 2009.
- Canada Summer Jobs has helped provide over 330,000 students jobs since its inception.
- The youth unemployment rate currently exceeds 13 percent, more than double the national unemployment rate of roughly 6 percent for those aged 25 and over.
- For youth aged 15 to 24 returning to school, summer employment was more than 16 percent in summer 2015.