On Dec. 1, the application period opened for the 2015 Canada Summer Jobs program, an initiative that provides unique opportunities for local students and businesses alike.
In addition to providing valuable work experience for students throughout Central Nova, the funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program helps local organizations alleviate costs and address their staffing needs. This positions participating organizations, students, and our local economy, for prosperous future growth. The program provides funding to employers who create summer job opportunities for local students. Not-for-profit organizations and public and private sector employers may apply for wage subsidies to employ youth between 15 and 30 who are full-time students, and who will be returning to full-time study in the fall. The skills developed in these positions help students develop key work skills and enables them to find rewarding job opportunities in their home communities. In 2014, the Government of Canada invested $107.5 million in the Canada Summer Jobs program which funded more than 35,000 jobs across the country, including 256 positions throughout Central Nova. In particular, summer festivals, community celebrations, and agricultural fairs were identified as key local priorities based on previous applicant pools due to the importance of tourism to our region. This year, more than $510,000 in federal funding is budgeted to directly support Central Nova employers through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, which will in turn help equip our young people with valuable work skills.
To further support youth employment, Economic Action Plan 2014 is also investing $40 million a year towards supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields; and $15 million annually towards supporting up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized businesses. These internships are part of the 5,000 internships announced in Budget 2013.
Our government will continue to support programs and initiatives which support students and strengthen local economies, because the results mean a more prosperous future for all. The application period for the 2015 Canada Summer Jobs program runs from Dec. 1 until Jan. 30, 2015. For more information, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj.
Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova and federal Justice Minister.