Funded jobs program doubles in size

More employers than ever before are taking advantage of government funding to help create summer jobs for students.

A record number of jobs were approved for government funding last month as employers continue to show increased interest in the Canada Summer Jobs program.

PM Justin Trudeau confirmed that more than 77,000 jobs were accepted for financial support last month – more than double last year’s figure of 34,000 and a 7,000 more than originally anticipated.

"More young students are working across the country and will get the opportunity to earn valuable income and build friendships while learning new skills this summer,” said MaryAnn Mihychuk, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

“Canada Summer Jobs is an opportunity for students to prepare for their future and to save for school,” she added.

Under the program, not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage and up to 100 per cent of mandatory employment-related costs.

Certain public-sector and private-sector employers are eligible for up to 50 per cent of the minimum wage.

Erin Beagle is the executive director at Roots to Harvest and just one of many employers to take advantage of the federal funding on offer.

"The Canada Summer Jobs program has allowed Roots to Harvest to hire more young people, employing them in the meaningful urban agriculture work that we do all across Thunder Bay and building crucial employability skills needed for successful future careers,” she said.

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