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In the house with Hajdu: Hire young talent through Canada Summer Jobs

Hire young talent through Canada Summer Jobs.
hunder Bay-Superior North MP Patty Hajdu meets with a Canada Summer Jobs student in Geraldton last summer.

Canada's prosperity depends on ensuring young Canadians get the education and experience they need to succeed in their careers. Successful you are critical to our economy and a strong middle class.

A summer job is a critical way for students to get the kind of valuable work experience that employers look for on a resumé, while earning money for the upcoming school year.

Last year, our government announced that we are doubling the amount of experiences for youth in the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program to incredible results. It's time again for eligible employers to apply so they can hire a student with help from the Government of Canada.

From December 19, 2017, to February 2, 2018, employers across the country can apply for CSJ 2018 funding. The CSJ program creates summer job opportunities for students aged 15 to 30.

Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 percent of the minimum hourly wage, while not-for-profit organizations can receive up to 100 percent of the minimum hourly wage.

Hiring a student brings new life, energy and ideas into the workplace. As an employer in the CSJ program, you will be boosting your local economy by creating jobs and helping young people with the tangible experience they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Young people are leaders today. They have important and influential voices within our communities and deserve every opportunity to succeed.

This is what one student had to say about her summer job: "Thank you to Minwaashin Lodge. I've gained so much experience in these two years and I've definitely learned a lot. I also have to say thank you to the Canada Summer Jobs program for funding me to even be here and I think this is a wonderful experience for other women to explore and hopefully they can get the chances I did." - Keisha Perrin

Helping young people find good quality jobs helps small businesses and not-for-profit organizations thrive. In Thunder Bay-Superior North it also supports our local priorities, which focus on areas of high unemployment, Indigenous communities, industry communities that have been hit particularly hard by the economic downturn and communities with limited or no major industries, but all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. All interested employers are invited to submit applications that complement this year's national priorities:

  *   Employers who intend to hire youth who are in underrepresented groups, including new immigrant youth/refugees, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities and visible minorities;

*   Small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs;

  *   Organizations that support opportunities for official language minority communities;

  *   Organizations that provide services and/or supports the LGBTQ2 community; and

  *   Organizations that provide opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), particularly for women.

Applying is easy. Employers can submit their application online.

For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit the website.

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