PRESS RELEASE | Applications for the Canada Summer Jobs program are open until January 25, 2019. The program is no longer reserved for students, and MP Bernard Généreux is delighted that the program’s eligibility criteria have been expanded to include all young people aged 15 to 30. Participating businesses and organizations must commit to providing a job for 6 to 16 weeks between April and September 2019 on a full-time basis (between 30 and 40 hours per week).
“Since both the national criteria and the local criteria for the riding of Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup have changed significantly for 2019, I recommend that all applicants contact my regional director, Annie Francoeur, before starting the application process,” advised Généreux.
The national priorities for 2019 include organizations that provide services to or intend to hire youth who belong to underrepresented groups or who face additional barriers to employment; organizations that offer youth the chance to gain work experience in a skilled trade; organizations that give youth opportunities in rural or remote areas or in official language minority communities; small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to job creation; and organizations that deliver supports or services to seniors.
The local priorities include special events (such as festivals and the Quebec Games), small municipalities that provide tourist information services, and non-profit organizations—particularly those in the tourism (recreational tourism and agritourism), museum, heritage, cultural, summer and day camp, research and development, and agriculture sectors.
“Hiring youth provides a dual benefit. First, it helps introduce new ideas, energy and dynamism into the employer organization. Second, it helps youth gain the skills and knowledge they need to take their place in the labour market,” explained Généreux.
In 2018, $580,131 was invested in the riding to hire 228 students. In 2017, $561,399 provided jobs for 186 students.