MP Sheila Malcolmson Announces $706,000 in Canada Summer Jobs Funding for Nanaimo—Ladysmith

Nanaimo—Ladysmith is receiving $706,410 in Canada Summer Jobs funding in 2018/2019, up more than $64,000 from last year. The federal funding will support 252 local jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

“I’m glad to see this vital funding flowing into our community to create meaningful job opportunities for young people,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Ladysmith. “It’s a real win-win, because the money also strengthens our local economy by helping small businesses, not-for-profits, and public-sector employers grow their workforce.”

The federal government is funding over 60,000 summer employment hours at 95 organizations in Nanaimo—Ladysmith, including Gabriola Island Recycling Organization (GIRO), Growing Opportunities Farm Community Coop, and Maranatha Church.

“The broad range of local funding recipients really speaks to the diversity of our community,” added Malcolmson. “I’m so proud of the important work these groups are doing to enhance cultural appreciation, support healthy development and boost food sustainability in our region.”

Additional quotes:

“This funding will help expand our programming on our five acre urban farm and support meaningful skills training and experience for youth with disabilities in our community. It’s opening up opportunities to strengthen food security and urban agriculture in our region.” – Craig Evans, Growing Opportunities Farm Community Coop

“Our two summer students will be an integral part of the J-Van ministry that organizes and runs free summer day camps at low income housing communities in Nanaimo. Our students will also be serving at our On Eagles Wings ministry in downtown Nanaimo, which serves a meal to our city's most marginalized citizens every Sunday afternoon” – Barry Hansen, Pastor, Maranatha Church

“The students we are able to hire with this funding will support the additional workload that the recycling department deals with due to the increase in summer residents who bring in their recyclables each week.” – Michelle MacEwen, Gabriola Island Recycling Organization (GIRO)