Some hope to learn valuable new skills. Others have a specific goal in mind. But if you were to ask most students what they’re doing this summer – besides enjoying the warm weather and plenty of recreation – most would say they hope to find a job.
A summer job is especially necessary for students saving for university. That’s why one of our government’s most popular programs is our annual Canada Summer Jobs program. The program is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), and it’s just one way we’re saying YES to the youth of our country.
In 2011, the government helped fund approximately 36,000 summer jobs for students across Canada. This was thanks to a permanent $10 million increase in the program’s annual budget. The increased funding is helping more students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful now and in years ahead.
Canada’s Summer Jobs program has been a great boon to the Yorkton-Melville constituency. Not only does it help riding employers create those much-needed job opportunities for students, it helps both our businesses and our communities achieve their specific goals and objectives faster.
To be eligible to enter the program, employers must be not-for-profit organizations, or public-sector workplaces or small businesses with fifty or fewer employees
Non-profit organizations may receive up to 100 per cent of Saskatchewan’s minimum hourly wage, while public sector employees and small businesses are eligible for up to 50 percent.
The students hired must also meet several qualifications. He or she must be between the ages of 15 to 30; previously a full-time student, and, intending to return to school full-time the next fall. They must also be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or have official refugee status.
Employers can apply for funding online. Go to www.servicecanada.gc.ca, and scroll down to “Employers.” Then click on “Canada Summer Jobs.” You’ll find an online application, downloadable forms, and helpful guides to completing your application. You can also call 1-800-935-5555 or visit your local Service Canada Centre for more information.
Please note that employers hoping to take advantage of this year’s program must apply immediately – applications must be postmarked on or before February 29, 2012.
Our government’s top priority is job creation and economic growth. The Canada Summer Jobs program is one way we’re doing that. So if you’re an employer and need extra hands this summer, be sure to take advantage of the Canada Summer Jobs program. You’ll help yourself, your community, and a summer student. I call that a win-win-win situation!