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Government of Canada Invites Employers to Apply for Canada Summer


Government of Canada Invites Employers to Apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2010
Canada's Economic Action Plan creates jobs for students from coast to coast to coast

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2010) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today invited employers to submit their applications for funding through Canada Summer Jobs 2010.

"Canada Summer Jobs plays a key role in meeting the needs of students through work experience, while supporting organizations that provide important services to our communities," said Minister Finley. "That is why through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government increased funding for Canada Summer Jobs. This is part of our overall strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world."

Employers can apply online, at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2010, or print an application form from the Web site. They can also get an application form by visiting any Service Canada Centre. To help employers complete their application, the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide is available online, by calling 1-800-935-5555, or by visiting any Service Canada Centre. Applications must be submitted by February 26, 2010.

Canada's Economic Action Plan committed $10 million for 2009 and another $10 million for 2010 for Canada Summer Jobs. The budget for the initiative is $97.5 million plus the additional funding from the Economic Action Plan for 2010. The budget is allocated across the 308 federal constituencies, and largely supports work for students in not-for-profit organizations.

Funding will be offered to not-for-profit, public sector and small private sector employers to create summer job opportunities for young people 15 to 30 years old who are full-time students and intend to return to their studies in the next school year.

Canada Summer Jobs is only one of the federal government initiatives helping students. Canada's Economic Action Plan also introduced other youth-specific initiatives, including:

- the $15-million grant for the YMCA and YWCA Youth Eco Internship Program that will create up to 1,000 youth internships;

- a $2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant that will be available to apprentices who successfully complete an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. This represents an investment of $40 million per year; and

- an additional $87.5 million over three years to temporarily expand the Canada Graduate Scholarships program.

Part of the Youth Employment Strategy, Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative under the Summer Work Experience program, which aims to provide secondary and post-secondary students with summer employment opportunities. The Strategy also includes programs such as Skills Link and Career Focus that aim to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information, skills and work experience they need to make a successful transition to the workplace.

Service Canada Centres for Youth also help students with their summer employment needs.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit the following Web site: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Further information on youth employment opportunities can be found at www.youth.gc.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


BACKGROUNDER

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students, and is designed to focus on local priorities, while achieving tangible results for both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs is about:

- providing work experiences for students;

- supporting organizations, including those that provide important community services; and

- recognizing that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs is focused on encouraging not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create jobs that not only meet their needs, but also benefit students looking to gain work experiences.

Criteria to assess the proposals will focus on:

- service to local communities;

- jobs that support local priorities;

- jobs that provide career-related experience or early work experience;

- a salary that contributes to the student's income;

- an employer who provides supervision and mentoring;

- project activities that are directed toward members of, and support the vitality of, an official language minority community; and

- an employer who intends to hire priority students (students with disabilities, Aboriginal students, and students who are members of visible minority groups).

How to apply for Canada Summer Jobs

Employers can apply online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2010, or print an application form from the Web site to fill out by hand. They can also get an application form by visiting any Service Canada Centre.

Before completing an application, employers should consult the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide, which is available online, by calling 1-800-935-5555, or by visiting any Service Canada Centre.

It contains the following information for employers:

- eligibility criteria;

- instructions for completing the Canada Summer Jobs application;

- the assessment process; and

- the approval process.

The online application process makes applying quick and easy. An electronic confirmation number will be generated once the online application is submitted, indicating successful receipt. Employers must keep this number for future reference.

Employers may also submit a completed paper application in person, by mail or by fax to Service Canada Centres. An employer submitting a paper application will receive an acknowledgement letter.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is February 26, 2010.

If employers are applying...

- online, they must submit their applications by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time;

- in person, they must submit their applications to any Service Canada Centre before closing time on February 26, 2010;

- by mail, their applications must be postmarked on or before February 26, 2010; or

- by fax, their applications must be faxed to a Service Canada Centre by 11:59 p.m. local time on February 26, 2010.






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