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Government of Canada creates more than 70,000 quality jobs for young Canadians through Canada Summer Jobs 2018

2019 Canada Summer Jobs opportunities to be posted on Job Bank website later this spring

February 28, 2019        Ottawa, Ontario                       Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that more than 70,033 quality summer jobs were created for youth in 2018. This fulfills the commitment to young Canadians to double the amount of available opportunities for youth through Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ).

The Canada Summer Jobs program creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30. Summer jobs are a great way for young Canadians to gain skills and valuable experience to help build their résumés, all while earning a fair wage.

For the 2019 edition of the program, employers were asked to submit applications between December 17, 2018, and February 3, 2019. To continue to support youth, several changes have been made to CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for youth to access good quality jobs:

  • Fewer barriers to good quality jobs: expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15 and 30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
  • Updated eligibility criteria: to reflect feedback from employers and organizations, the eligibility criteria have been updated to set out what is eligible for funding and what is not.
  • Better job matching: this spring all available positions will be posted on jobbank.gc.ca and on the mobile app to help match young people with employers and good quality jobs.

Canada’s prosperity increasingly depends on young Canadians succeeding. By supporting them in getting good quality summer jobs, young Canadians will gain valuable skills and workplace experience towards starting a meaningful career, all while helping build our workforce.

Quotes

“Young Canadians are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That’s why our government is focused on ensuring  they get the skills and training they need to succeed. Canada Summer Jobs is an important program for providing youth with some of their first opportunities for paid, meaningful work experience, and giving them afair chance for success.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick facts

  • Budget 2018 provided an additional $448.5 million to the Youth Employment Strategy over five years, starting in 2018–19. This includes funding to support the continued increase in the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019–20.
  • This increased funding through Budget 2018 also recognizes the importance of quality youth employment to Canada’s future prosperity and provides resources to modernize the Youth Employment Strategy, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.
  • This is in addition to investments from Budget 2016 and Budget 2017, which invested $395.5 million over three years in the Youth Employment Strategy. These investments are helping:
    • more than 33,000 youth facing barriers develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
    • create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
    • provide more than 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
  • Budget 2016 also doubled the CSJ base budget of $107.5 million to allow the program to double the number of jobs created since 2015.
  • The importance of quality youth employment to Canada’s future prosperity is why Budget 2018 provided a five-year funding horizon to the Youth Employment Strategy to fund its modernization, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.
  • Canada’s future prosperity depends on young people getting the education and work experience they need to succeed. Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
veronique.simard@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819-654-5611

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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