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Canada Summer Jobs Provide Opportunities

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For over 30 years, the Canada Summer Jobs Program has been helping young people across Canada find jobs that prepare them with the skills and experience they need to enter the workforce.

Especially during the summer months, when students are on break from high school, college, or university, helping young people find the right jobs that offer realworld experience in their area of interest will help those young people begin their careers, while also growing the local economy.

Since its launch in the 1980s, the Canada Summer Jobs Program has been doing exactly that. This program from the federal government provides wage subsidies to local businesses, non-profit organizations, and public sector departments so they can hire students for short-term contracts during the summer.

The organizations are encouraged to pay students above minimum wage and the contracts are required to have a minimum of six weeks, with 30 hours of work per week guaranteed. Students are then paired with the training and mentorship they will need to succeed in their roles, and to gain the best possible experience for their future careers.

In my home riding of Winnipeg South, the program created over 460 jobs in 2022 for youth aged 15-30. Everything from local community centres, daycares, medical clinics, farmers markets, garden centres, and much more, took part in the program.

The Dakota Community Centre is one local organization that received funding to hire eight students this summer. Some of these young people took on roles as councilors for the centre’s summer camps for children, while others took on roles in marketing, and office administration. I had the pleasure of meeting many of these students back in August, as we toured the facility and heard about the great work these students have been doing over the summer.

Other local organizations that received funding include the St. Norbert Arts Centre, the Henteleff Park Foundation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, MiniU summer camp, and so much more.

In addition to providing jobs to these students, the Canada Summer Jobs Program also helps local organizations hire staff that they otherwise would not be able to afford. It truly is a win-win, both for local students, and for local businesses, non-profits, and government departments.

Make sure to tell your friends and family between the ages of 15-30 to look out for the Canada Summer Jobs Program for the 2023 year.

Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid (centre) recently visited students working at Dakota Community Centre as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program.

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