Chong Announces Funding for Summer Jobs for Students

May 25, 2012

62 Local Summer Jobs Created for Students with $174,802 in Federal Funding

FERGUS – Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, today announced that as a result of the federal Canada Summer Jobs initiative, students in Wellington-Halton Hills will have an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn income for the upcoming school year.

“The government’s top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Chong. “Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping employers in Wellington-Halton Hills create 62 summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening our community’s economy.”

“Canada Summer Jobs 2012 will provide up to 36,000 important job opportunities and experiences for students across the country” added Chong. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity.”

Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of our government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth – particularly those facing barriers to employment – obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.  

Economic Action Plan 2012 will provide an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand. Additionally, the government has permanently increased the annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million in 2011.

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