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Apply for funding to hire youth this summer

Applications for the Canada Summer Jobs program are now being accepted to assist local businesses to offer youth aged 15 to 30 a fair wage.

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis said feedback from stakeholders across the country have resulted in improvements in the program for 2019.

Changes include fewer barriers through expanded eligibility to include everybody in the age group, not just students. Criteria have been changed to set out what is, and isn’t eligible for funding. All positions will be posed on jobbank.gc.ca an on the app to help get the word out and to help match young people with employers and jobs.

“By hiring a young person, you will be helping our local young people develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience,” said Ellis.

Canada Summer Jobs is under the umbrella of the Youth Employment Strategy which is the federal government’s initiative to help youth gain work experience needed to find and maintain employment. Budget 2016 provided $339 million for three years which doubled the program’s base budget to create up to 70,000 jobs per year.

Properities for the program are for organizations that provide services to, and intend to hire, youth who self-identify as being part of under-represented groups, or who have additional barriers to participate in the labour market; opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades and for youth in rural areas and remote communities and official language minority communities. This year’s project priorities also support small businesses to create jobs and organizations that deliver supports or services to seniors.

Not-for-profit employers can receive 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public sector employers and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees can receive 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Applications are now open until Jan. 25, 2019. Employers can open an account on the Government Grants and Contributions Online Service Portal, allowing them to take their time with the application, track it once it has been submitted and get quicker feedback from Service Canda.

For details, and to apply, visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs, or a Service Canada centre.

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