As of January 31, employers across the Elk Valley can apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program. The program was created to financially assist chosen businesses with hiring youth aged 15-30 over the summer months.
It was set in place so young Canadians can gain critical skills and valuable experience needed for a seamless transition into the labour market, as well as a thriving future in the workforce. The program strives to support local communities and organizations by specifically offering high quality summer job opportunities to youth.
Businesses eligible for funding include those of 50 full time employees or less, with a special focus on small businesses, not for profit organizations, and public sector employers. Employers whose applications reflect this year’s national and local priorities, such as bettering access to work for those facing unique obstacles,are especially encouraged to apply.
“I encourage not for profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses in Kootenay-Columbia to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program”, says Rob Morrison, member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia. “Helping young Canadians develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience will ensure a strong economy and a healthy middle class.”
In terms of funding, not for profits are eligible to receive subsidies for up to 100 per cent of the territorial or provincial hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are entitled to receiving up to 50 per cent of the territorial or provincial hourly wage.
Applications for this summer will be accepted until February 24, 2020. All qualified applicants are invited to apply. For further information, or to apply, visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs or a Service Canada Centre.