Employer application process for Canada Summer Jobs 2017 program opens Monday, Dec. 5

According to a news release from Perth—Wellington MP John Nater, the employer application process for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 program will open Monday, Dec. 5.

The program provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

“Through Canada Summer Jobs, young Canadians have the opportunity to gain the skills and experience they need to get jobs now and in the future,” MP Nater said in the release. “I encourage employers to apply for funding to create jobs that will help students, employers and their local economies.”

The application process will be open from Dec. 5 to Jan. 20, 2017 with notifications to employers going out in early to mid-April. Based on what he heard during his summer tour of the riding focussing on jobs and the economy, Nater doesn’t think that’s soon enough. In the release, Nater noted that he was disappointed that, after lobbying both the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, more had not been done to ensure the date for employer notification was moved up to allow earlier hiring.

“University and college students must have an idea of where they will be working in the summer by mid-February” he said. “The mid-April notification date is much too late for most students to wait to find out whether or not they have a job.”

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides work experiences for students, supports organizations, including those that provide important community services and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (under 50 employees) to hire qualified young people aged 15 to 30, who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the fall. Thousands of young Canadians will benefit from summer employment while helping employers address skills shortages.

Employers can find further information and submit applications at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj.

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