PRESS RELEASE | Bernard Généreux, MP for Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, confirmed that 177 local organizations will receive financial assistance from the Canadian government to hire young people aged 15 to 20 over the summer. In total, 215 applications were made, and $605,448 will be invested to hire 186 students in the riding.
The Canada Summer Jobs program provides the equivalent of a 6- to 16-week, full-time (30 to 40 hours per week), paid internship between April and September 2019. It is an opportunity for some young people to return home for a summer job at the end of the school year, allowing them to potentially discover new horizons. For others who face special challenges, it can facilitate their entry into the job market. And employers can tap into a dynamic workforce looking to put knowledge into practice.
“A summer job is an educational experience that lets students get their feet wet and interact directly with employers. The program is especially important in the summer, given that some employers need to expand their workforce to cover vacations for permanent staff. For others, the program provides them with additional resources for special projects,” said Mr. Généreux.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create employment opportunities. The initiative focuses on local priorities such as special events, tourism in small municipalities, summer camps run by public organizations, as well as non-profit heritage, cultural and agricultural organizations. There are also national priorities focused on young people from under-represented groups and those facing additional barriers to employment accessibility, including people who live in rural communities. The program also provides an opportunity for young people to gain work experience in specialized fields.
In 2018, 235 applications were submitted, and $580,131 were invested to hire 228 young people in 191 organizations. In 2017, 220 applications were submitted, and $561,399 were invested in the riding to hire 186 students.