MP Earl Dreeshen Announces Federal Funding to Create Summer Jobs for Students in the Constituency of Red Deer

May 23, 2012

Red Deer — Students in Red Deer will have an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn money for the upcoming school year thanks to the federal Canada Summer Jobs initiative. Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“The Harper government’s top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Dreeshen. “Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping employers in Central Alberta create 77 summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening our community’s economy.”

Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of our government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.

Economic Action Plan 2012 will provide an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand. Additionally, the Harper government permanently increased the annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million in 2011.

“Canada Summer Jobs 2012 will provide up to 36 000 important job opportunities and experiences for students across the country” added Dreeshen. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity.”