Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, recently hosted an information session to discuss the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The session was presented by Service Canada staff and gave the applicants attending a chance to ask questions, get hands-on assistance and learn valuable background on what the program offers.
“Each year, the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program helps employers create valuable summer job opportunities for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years old, while strengthening local economies and communities across Canada,” said Sidhu. “CSJ focuses on our local priorities, and I was very encouraged to see the response in our constituency, both through the number of applications we received and the in-person turn-out we had at the session.”
CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 or fewer employees. Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly as well as employment-related costs.
Public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.
“If you have hired a student in the past, you know how beneficial it can be for your organization,” said Sidhu. “We all know first-hand how important it is for students to gain much-needed skills and experience and contribute to our community.”
The 2017 applications are currently being processed. Potential applicants are encouraged to apply when the 2018 program is announced through Service Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job.html.