June 23, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
More students in Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories than ever before will be working under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program this year, thanks to unprecedented interest shown by employers and students.
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced today that 436 jobs have been approved for funding in Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories this summer, compared to 146 jobs created in 2015, an increase of 231 percent.
Overall across the country, Employment and Social Development Canada received 30 percent more applications from employers, as small business owners hired more students, providing them with much-needed work experience.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, announced in June that more than 77,000 jobs were approved for funding for students across Canada through the CSJ program. That number is more than double last year’s 34,000 and roughly 7,000 more than originally anticipated when the Government announced a boost to the funding in the federal budget earlier this year.
The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting youth employment and will make sure that young Canadians develop the skills and gain the experience they need to secure good, well-paying jobs.
“Congratulations to both students and employers in the territories for helping the Government meet its goal of doubling the number of summer jobs funded by the annual program. As Canada’s population ages, it’s vitally important that young Canadians have access to meaningful work at the beginning of their careers. Young Canadians will get the experience they need to help them prepare for the job market thanks to enthusiastic employers who are hiring them under the Canada Summer Jobs program.
I have said it before and I am proud to say it again, the Canada Summer Jobs program works for Canada’s youth.” – The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
- In 2016, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories were allotted nearly $1.7 million of CSJ funding, compared to $505,300 in 2015.
- In Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, a total of 99 jobs in the small business sector have been approved for funding compared to 8 in 2015, an increase of 1,544 percent.
- A total of 94 jobs in the public sector have been approved for funding in Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories compared to 54 in 2015, an increase of 159 percent.
- In Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, a total of 243 jobs in the not-for-profit sector have been approved for funding, compared to 84 in 2015, an increase of 174 percent.
- Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories received a total of 213 applications compared to 127 in 2015, an increase of 86 percent.
- In 2015, 300,000 students were unable to find jobs during the summer in Canada.
- The annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs was increased by $113 million for each of the next three years, beginning in 2016–17, doubling the number of students being hired across the country this summer. This increase means more students will be getting much-needed experience.