Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced 45,000 summer jobs are available for Canadian youth, starting Wednesday.
“We now have over 45,000 jobs available for young people,” Trudeau said during his daily press conference.
On May 27, Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, kicked off the hiring period for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020.
“We recognize that young people are particularly hard hit by COVID-19 and that is why we made changes this year to the Canada Summer Jobs program. I encourage Canada’s young people to go to Job Bank and check out what’s available to them,” Qualtrough said in a statement.
“Youth are powerful leaders of change, and during these difficult times we are proud to support them as they help out our communities and shape a better and more resilient Canada.”
Thousands of opportunities are being posted to the Job Bank website for jobs available across the country and “a thousand more” will be posted over the coming weeks and months, with a target of approximately 70,000 placements.
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The CSJ program specifically provides paid opportunities for all youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to develop and improve their work skills.
“The Government is working with employers across the country during this unprecedented time to make sure that young Canadians stay connected to the job market with safe and secure summer employment opportunities,” the release said.
Temporary changes to CSJ were announced by Trudeau on April 8, to better assist young people who are struggling to find summer work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The flexibilities introduced this year include allowing employers to offer part-time positions, an extension of the hiring period to the end of February 2021, and allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services.
In the current economic climate, this year’s CSJ job placements will respond to both local and national priorities within the not-for-profit, small business and public sectors as well as jobs supporting the delivery of critical service in their community.
According to the federal government, job placements could range from tele mental health support lines for youth, to delivering remote education services, to job placements in community services that focus on delivering supports to vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic.
Job seekers can frequently check the Job Bank for updates on placements available in their communities, including Canada Emergency Student Benefit applicants who are able to work and are required to verify that they are looking for work as part of the eligibility process.
These changes to CSJ 2020 are in addition to the Government of Canada’s $9 billion package of comprehensive supports for youth announced by the prime minister on April 22, which included a target of 76,000 job opportunities for youth through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
Wednesday’s announcement is also part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which already commits $146 billion in support to Canadians and businesses through this challenging period.