Deadline Approaching for Employers to Apply for 2017 Canada Summer Jobs Program

Employers throughout Nanaimo—Ladysmith are being encouraged by MP Sheila Malcolmson to apply for federal funding to employ youth next summer.

The deadline to apply has been pushed up to January 20, 2017. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as April, 2017.

“In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, this expanded Canada Summer Jobs program will help our young people find new job opportunities and gain valuable work experience,” Malcolmson said. “At the same time, employers will be able to expand their summer workforce with little or no extra cost.”

In 2016, the program helped fund 91,153 hours of work in Nanaimo—Ladysmith. The Canada Summer Jobs 2017 program will allow all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees to apply for funding from the Government of Canada. The program subsidizes summer jobs for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years old.

Not-for-profit employers like museums and community organizations can receive up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage and mandatory employment-related costs, while public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 per cent.

“I am proud to support this annual program, which helps small employers and young people alike,” Malcolmson said. “This is a win-win for our communities.”

For further information and to apply, please visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs or a Service Canada Centre.

Photo: The 2016 Canada Summer Jobs Program helped Vancouver Island University hire Chrissy Schellenberg (centre) as an International Student Activity Leader