Terry Sheehan: Canada Summer Jobs 2021 provides opportunities for local youth and employers

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MP Sheehan reminds local organizations and businesses to apply before employer application period closes January 29, 2021

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on young Canadians who are trying to find work. Employers also face challenges when recruiting and hiring workers while adapting to the realities of the pandemic. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to take action to provide good job opportunities for youth and to support employers across Canada.

This year, up to 120,000 job opportunities will be available to young Canadians through Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) in 2021. This represents a 50 percent increase from the 80,000 CSJ opportunities approved in 2020. With this significant increase, more employers and youth will be able to apply and benefit from the program.

The employer application period for CSJ 2021 closes on Friday, January 29, 2021 for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private-sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees. Similar temporary flexibilities introduced for CSJ 2020 will be applied this year to help small businesses operate. These include:

  • a wage subsidy, so that private and public-sector employers can receive up to 75 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee (not-for-profit organizations will continue to receive 100 percent);
  • an extension to the end date for employment to February 26, 2022; and
  • allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.

“The Canada Summer Jobs program is critical to support young Canadians—namely to create more paid work opportunities and to ensure Canadian businesses have the supports they need to get through the pandemic.” Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament, Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Economic Development (FedNor) and Official Languages.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to work to protect Canadians’ jobs and to help businesses stay strong.