NICKEL BELT–The Government of Canada announced that it is fulfilling its commitment to double the funding for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. In doing so they will be helping them build a stronger future and obtain the skills they need to contribute to our collective economic growth. The government will also be doubling the funding 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.
CSJ creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience specifically for fulltime students aged 15 to 30 intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The program aims to help employers create summer job opportunities that focus on priorities important to their local communities.
The following is a list of priorities identified for Nickel Belt however all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply:
• Special Events: Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, summer festivals and events, community celebration, and theatrical presentations.
• Locations: areas that are experiencing high rural migration issues and aboriginal communities.
• Sectors: tourism, youth camps, environment and waste management, forestry, mining, daycare centers, museology, libraries, education, farming, Co-operative Housing, organizations
that intend to provide a supervisory work experience, organizations that partner with other organizations, and organizations that provide programs and services to seniors.
The application period opened on January 4th, 2016 and will run until March 11, 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.
“I encourage Nickel Belt not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small business to apply for funding through 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.”
– Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt
• This is the first Canada Summer Jobs program budget increase since 2009.
• 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 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.