The Summer Jobs Program

Work through the summer. Learn skills. Earn money. Gain experience. Photo - Bek Summons

Work through the summer. Learn skills. Earn money. Gain experience.
Photo – Bek Summons

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In March, Prime Minister Trudeau announced more money for the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

The Summer Jobs Program helps students get summer jobs. The program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy.

Last year, the federal government spent $106 million on the program. They created 34,000 summer jobs.

This year, the federal government will spend $113 million on the program. They will create 70,000 jobs for students.

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Reading by Patty Bossort

What does the program do?

Mr. Trudeau says that summer jobs help youth:

  • get experience they need to start their careers
  • pay for ongoing education
  • build confidence

The program helps businesses and organizations with extra help to get their work done.

Who can participate?

Students must be

  • between age 15 and 30
  • full-time students
  • going back to school next year
These young women are learning employment skills, customer service and food preparation. Photo - Bek Summons

These young women are learning employment skills, customer service and food preparation.
Photo – Bek Summons

Employers must be

  • small businesses or non-profit organizations with less than 50 employees.
  • This young man is gaining office experience. Photo - Bek Summons

    This young man is gaining office experience.
    Photo – Bek Summons

Students and youth can get help finding a job. Try these resources:

Service Canada Employment services
Scroll down to the bottom of the list. Find the group called “for youth and students”.

Summer Work Experience Program
This program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy.

Federal Student Work Experience Program
The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) is for full-time students. They can explore their interests and develop their skills.

Job Bank
The Job Bank lists jobs online from everywhere in Canada. The Job Bank is run by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Jobs in B.C. for students and youth
This part of the Job Bank lists jobs in B.C.

Get Youth Working!
The Get Youth Working program helps employers hire youth 15 to 29 years old.
The program helps B.C. youth improve their skills and gain new skills through experience and training.

Find a Job
Try this powerful job search tool to find jobs that fit you.

Story written by Patty Bossort

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