High River, AB – Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees looking to hire full-time workers for summer 2016 can now apply for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program.
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. The program’s aim is also to help employers create summer job opportunities that focus on priorities important to their local communities, which could include special events such as sporting or cultural occasions.
In Foothills, the priorities focus on national historic sites, tourism, museology, agriculture and not-for-profit organizations that provide programs and services for disadvantaged community groups, but all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.
The application period runs from January 4, 2016, to February 26, 2016. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as May 2016.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj or visit a Service Canada Centre.
Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, which is its commitment to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market.
“The Government of Canada has an obligation to support young Canadians who are going to school and to help local communities benefit from their talents. This is a terrific opportunity which employers should take advantage of. By investing in young Canadians together, we are helping them build a stronger future and obtain the skills and experience they need to contribute to our collective economic growth.”– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“I encourage Foothills not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program so that we can help our students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, while earning money for the upcoming school year.”– John Barlow, MP for Foothills
- Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs.
- Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.
- Canada Summer Jobs has helped provide over 330,000 student jobs since its inception.
- The youth unemployment rate currently exceeds 13 percent, more than double the unemployment rate of roughly 6 percent for those aged 25 and over.
- For youth aged 15 to 24 returning to school, summer unemployment was more than 16 percent in summer 2015.