Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 01, 2012 12:12 ET

Government of Canada Launches Canada Summer Jobs 2012

Creating jobs, strengthening communities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2012) - The Government of Canada has officially launched Canada Summer Jobs 2012, creating thousands of job opportunities for students. Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and took the opportunity to invite employers from across the country to apply for funding.

"Our government's top priority is job creation and economic growth, and Canada Summer Jobs 2012 will provide up to 36 000 important job opportunities and experiences for students across the country," said Mr. Poilievre. "This program benefits students and employers alike and strengthens the economies of communities throughout Canada."

In 2011, the Government of Canada permanently increased the annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million. The increased funding is helping even more students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, both now and in the future.

Funding will be available for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to create high-quality summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

"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," added Mr. Poilievre.

Employers can apply online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2012, or print an application from the website. They can also get an application by visiting any Service Canada Centre. Applications must be submitted between February 1 and February 29, 2012.

To help employers complete their application, the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide is available online, by calling 1-800-935-5555, or by visiting any Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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BACKGROUNDER

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Not-for-profit employers are eligible for up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

Interested employers can apply online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2012.

Completed applications may be submitted using one of the following methods:

  • Online: Applications must be submitted by February 29, 2012, 23:59 Pacific Time. Applying online is quick and easy.
  • In person: Applications must be received before the closing time of the local Service Canada Centre on February 29, 2012.
  • By mail: Applications must be postmarked on or before February 29, 2012.
  • By fax: Applications must be faxed to a Service Canada Centre by February 29, 2012, 23:59 local time.

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Led by HRSDC in partnership with 10 other federal departments, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed.

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The Government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key element of the Plan includes increasing and improving opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559