While the Stratford area just experienced it’s first major snowfall of the winter season, Perth-Wellington MP John Nater is already thinking about the Summer.
Well, more accurately, the Canada Summer Jobs program.
Nater has announced the employer application process for funding for the program’s 2024 edition is now open.
“Through Canada Summer Jobs, young Canadians have the opportunity to gain the skills and experience they need to get jobs now and in the future,” the MPP said in a release. “I encourage employers to apply for funding to create jobs that will help students, employers, and our local economies. Last summer, more than 370 young people were employed across Perth–Wellington, creating jobs in our communities.”
While the application period opened slightly earlier this year, on Nov. 21, Nater said he was once again disappointed that Marci Ien, the minister for women and gender equality and youth, has not moved up the date when employers will be notified of program funding.
“The mid-April notification date is much too late for most students to find out if they have a summer job, but employers also must budget and therefore need confirmation of whether or not they will receive funding well in advance of this date,” Nater said. “University and college students in particular must have an idea of where they will be working in the summer by mid-February.”
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for young people. It is designed to focus on local priorities while helping both students and their communities.
Funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (less than 50 employees) to hire qualified young people aged 15 to 30. Thousands of young Canadians will be able to develop and improve their skills through summer employment while employers will be assisted in addressing skills shortages.
More information on the program can be found on the program website at www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html.
Employers interested in applying for funding are encouraged to submit their applications electronically on the Grants and Contributions Online Services portal. Creating this account is a one-time process that allows organizations to apply for various Employment and Social Development Canada funding opportunities in a secure web environment.
The application period ends Jan. 10, 2024.