MP Sheila Malcolmson Announces $640,000 in Canada Summer Jobs Funding for Nanaimo—Ladysmith

Nanaimo—Ladysmith is receiving $641,573 in Canada Summer Jobs funding in 2017/2018, up more than $77,000 from last year. The federal funding will support 190 local jobs for post-secondary 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 our 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.”

Canada Summer Jobs 2017/2018 is funding a total of 62,651 employment hours at nearly 90 organizations in Nanaimo—Ladysmith, including the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, and Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op.

“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:

“We are thrilled to hear the news. The funding allows us to both hire students and provide valuable programming to Aboriginal children during the summer.” – Chris Beaton, Executive Director of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre

“We depend on the Canada Summer Jobs funding each year to make sure our summer day camp programs are fully staffed with qualified, passionate program leaders. It enables us to hire some extremely talented students with specific skill sets needed for special projects. Our senior staff work closely with marketing, administration, recreation, education and ECE students to develop programs and complete tasks that we just wouldn’t be able to without the students. And the students gain experience in a safe, supervised environment that is very specific to the career they are pursuing. It really is a win-win!” – Kelly Barnie, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island

“The CSJ funding will enable us to hire students to educate the public on organic growing methods, heritage seed production, and water-wise gardening at our demonstration site in Harewood. These students will have an opportunity to put the skills they have learned in the classrooms into practice in the fields. There is a growing awareness of the benefits local food production brings to our community, and this funding will help support our vision that local food security starts from the ground up.”  Craig Evans, Director of Growing Opportunities Farm Community Coop