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Canada Summer Jobs program accepting applications for 2018

PERTH-WELLINGTON - Local MPP John Nater, announced Dec. 20 that employers can begin applying for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs 2018 program.

“The Canada Summer Jobs program provides young people with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills for the jobs of today and the future. I encourage local businesses and community groups to submit an application. Last summer 109 young people were employed across Perth-Wellington, creating jobs in our local communities,” said Nater.

The application process is open from Dec. 19 to Feb. 2, 2018 with notifications to successful employers scheduled to be sent in April.

While he is strongly supportive of the program,  Nater stated he is disappointed that the application window opened two weeks later than last year. After previously lobbying both the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Nater noted the date for employer notifications still has not been moved up to allow for earlier hiring.  

“This government is moving in the wrong direction. The application window should have been opened two weeks ago. This late start will only delay the notification to employers,” said Nater. “The April notification date is already too late for most organizations who find it difficult to find students. Most post-secondary students are looking for summer work in mid-February. I continue to call on the responsible government ministers to re-evaluate the notification period.”  

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs aims to:

- provide work experience for students;

- support organizations, including those that provide important community services; and

- recognize that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Funding is available for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (under 50 employees) to hire qualified young people aged 15 to 30, who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the fall. Thousands of young Canadians benefit each year from summer employment through the program and it helps employers address severe skill shortages.

The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2018 is from Dec. 19, 2017 to Feb. 2, 2018. Employers can find further information and submit applications at

January 12, 2018


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