MP Report – Summer Jobs Program 2019

April 30, 2019

530 New Jobs for Calgary Confederation

I am pleased to announce that Calgary Confederation will see 530 jobs created this summer through community groups, small businesses and non-profit organizations with funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program.

This is a substantial increase from 2017’s 361 jobs and 2018’s 495 jobs in Calgary Confederation.  Funding this year has also increased considerably from $1,306,561 to $1,611,397.

All jobs were required to be posted on www.jobbank.gc.ca to ensure equal access to all residents.  These positions are only available to apply for until July 12th at the latest.

We know that services from non-profit organizations and community associations often increase in the summer months and many were concerned about their ability to offer employment opportunities again this year.

Many organizations provide critical employment experience and skills training for young Canadians.  Statistics show us that unemployment amongst young Canadians is the highest of any age group and so the real job experience they obtain through summer jobs is critical to future employability.

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides funding to assist employers to create summer opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies this fall.

With this funding, young people will learn or improve job skills and gain work experience with local employers in areas such as retail, hospitality, marketing, technology, research and communications.

Employers will get to extend their services through the summer, allowing a variety of camps, children’s programs, specialized teaching opportunities and unique community service programs for all ages.

This is a valuable program and I encourage community groups, small businesses and non-profit organizations to consider applying for funding next year.  I will let you know through my monthly e-newsletter when applications open again.