Support for Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and more jobs for young Canadians

News Release

Canada Summer Jobs hiring season means more work experience opportunities for youth

May 10, 2017               Ottawa, Ontario               Employment and Social Development Canada

Building a strong middle class means supporting Canada’s youth in getting the skills and experience they need to get a strong start in their careers. Today, at an event hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the start of the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 hiring season.

Canada Summer Jobs gives young Canadians access to paid work experience, helping them develop the skills they’ll need to find good, well-paying jobs. Tens of thousands of summer job opportunities in small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector are available. Students can visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website to see where jobs funded through the program are located in their communities.

Minister Hajdu also highlighted that, in addition to support for Canada Summer Jobs, the Boys and Girls Club of Canada is also receiving over $615,000 through the Government of Canada’s Career Focus program. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada will use the funding to support its Skilled4Success: Skilled Trades and Career Program project, which will provide youth with opportunities to participate in career exploration and job shadowing in the skilled trades.


Quotes

“Canada’s prosperity will increasingly depend on our young people getting the skills and experience they need to succeed in their careers. That’s why our government has nearly doubled the number of Canada Summer Jobs for our youth. Partners like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada are critical to helping put our plan into action.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“We are thrilled to see the Government of Canada making this important investment in the next generation. For young people, especially those who traditionally miss out on these opportunities, programs that generate work experience and job skills are essential to helping them set a path for success.”
– Owen Charters, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Quick Facts

  • As announced in Budget 2017, the Government of Canada is investing $395.5 million over three years in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

  • Career Focus and Canada Summer Jobs are key programs under YES.

  • Since 2005, YES has helped over 820,000 young Canadians get the training and work experience they need to enter the job market.

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Matt Pascuzzo
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
matt.pascuzzo@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819-654-5613

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