Government of Canada Creates Opportunities for Youth in Sault Ste. Marie through Canada Summer Jobs


Students in Sault Ste. Marie, along with thousands of others across the country, gained valuable skills and work experience this summer through Canada Summer Jobs, today announced Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.

“Creating summer jobs for students benefits not only youth and employers, but also local economies across the country. Canada Summer Jobs is yet another excellent example of how our government is creating jobs and economic growth.” said Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)

Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future. This year, Canada Summer Jobs created approximately 35,000 jobs for students, including 168 positions equaling $381,770 in Sault Ste. Marie for 2014.

“Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping to equip young Canadians with the skills and experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. By creating jobs for youth in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada Summer Jobs helps students, employers and our local economy. It is a win-win-win situation.” commented Bryan Hayes, MP for Sault Ste. Marie

Youth benefitted from jobs in a variety of areas, such as recreational leadership, tourism, sales, agriculture, maintenance and business, with not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses across the country. These jobs provided students with tangible experience and money for the upcoming school year, while also helping employers address skills shortages.

Quick facts

· Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

· Since 2006, YES has helped more than 555,000 young people develop skills, to the benefit of the Canadian economy.

· Since it began in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 260,000 students.

· Starting in 2011, the Government of Canada permanently increased the annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million, bringing the total program budget to $107.5 million.

· Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is also supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized businesses.

-Bryan Hayes, MP for Sault Ste. Marie