Federal government provides funding for summer jobs

Local area is receiving over $300,000 through the Canada Summer Jobs program

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl has announced $316,174 in funding to create 67 summer jobs for area students.

“The Canada Summer Jobs program helps prepare students for the work world by giving them valuable real life experience,” he said.

“It is one way this government is helping create jobs and economic opportunities.”

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.

Economic Action Plan 2012 allocates an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand. In addition, the federal government permanently increased the annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million in 2011.

“The experience gained by students today will make for a more productive workforce tomorrow and a more prosperous Canada for everyone,” said Strahl.