Government of Canada Creates Opportunities for Youth in Central Alberta through Canada Summer Jobs
RED DEER – Students in Central Alberta, along with thousands of others across the country, gained valuable skills and work experience this summer through Canada Summer Jobs, today announced Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.
Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future. This year, Canada Summer Jobs created approximately 35,000 jobs for students, including 68 students for 57 employers in the Red Deer constituency
Youth benefitted from jobs in a variety of areas, such as recreational leadership, tourism, sales, agriculture, maintenance and business, with not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses across the country. These jobs provided students with tangible experience and money for the upcoming school year, while also helping employers address skills shortages.
- Cnada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
- Since 2006, YES has helped more than 555,000 young people develop skills, to the benefit of the Canadian economy.
- Since it began in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 260,000 students.
- Starting in 2011, the Government of Canada permanently increased the annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million, bringing the total program budget to $107.5 million.
- Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is also supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized businesses.
"Creating summer jobs for students benefits not only youth and employers, but also local economies across the country. Canada Summer Jobs is yet another excellent example of how our government is creating jobs and economic growth."
– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
"Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping to equip young Canadians with the skills and experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. By creating jobs for youth in Central Alberta, Canada Summer Jobs helps students, employers and our local economy. It is a win-win-win situation."
– Earl Dreeshen, MP Red Deer
The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Since it began in 2007, through 2013, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 260,000 students.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. Since 2006, Skills Link has helped over 179,000 youth.
Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships and helps to provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job and/or pursue advanced studies. Since 2006, the Career Focus initiative has helped over 26,000 youth acquire skills needed to join the job market.
The Government of Canada is also helping post-secondary students finance and repay their education through loans, grants and repayment assistance to help young Canadians pursue and save for their post-secondary education. In addition, Economic Action Plan 2014 is introducing apprenticeship loans to help registered apprentices with the cost of their training and encourage more Canadians to consider a career in the skilled trades. It is estimated that at least 26,000 apprentices per year will apply for over $100 million in loans.
To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.