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Delivering More Summer Jobs for Quebec Youth

 Government of Canada doubles investment in Canada Summer Jobs program

Quebec – February 26, 2016 – Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) and Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, encouraged eligible Quebec employers today to take advantage of a newly enhanced Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program that will create up to double the number of available student jobs.

While visiting the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs, Mr. Schiefke urged interested employers not to miss the new application deadline of March 11. The Government of Canada announced last week that it will support the hiring of up to 70,000 students across the country through the CSJ in 2016, approximately double the 34,000 hired under the program last year.

Approximately 80 students were hired in the constituency of Vaudreuil-Soulanges by employers funded by the program last summer, while more than 8450 students benefited across the province of Quebec.

CSJ creates summer job opportunities and provides valuable work experience for youth intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The program also helps employers generate jobs that focus on priorities important to their local communities as well on a number of national priorities that include:

  • employers who help welcome and settle Syrian refugees to Canada, as well as Syrian students;
  • Indigenous people, who are among the fastest-growing segments of the Canadian population;
  • small businesses working to become more innovative, competitive and successful, in recognition of their key      contribution to the creation of new jobs; and
  • cultural and creative industries looking to create jobs and to strengthen our rich Canadian identity. This latter      priority will support the planning of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The Government of Canada is extending the application deadline for the program by two weeks to March 11, 2016, and invites all eligible employers to apply atwww.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj or by visiting a Service Canada office. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as May 2016.


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