Deadline for summer job funding draws near

Goldstream News Gazette

Summer is probably one of the furthest things on many West Shore residents' minds, but for NDP Member of Parliament Alistair MacGregor, summer jobs have been occupying his thoughts of late.

Additional funding of almost $162,000 was recently announced for summer job creation, bringing the total amount his Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding will receive  in 2017 to more than $400,000.

“I was very pleased … This money will help create more work experience opportunities for our youth while helping to support our vital community services,” MacGregor said in a statement.

Through the Canada Summer Jobs program, this funding is provided for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for students. The aim is to help employers that are providing important community services while also allowing students to gain valuable work experience.

Canada Summer Jobs applications are available at the Service Canada Centre, 1401 Douglas St., or online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj. Employers can complete and submit applications online, by mail or in person. Applications are due by Jan. 20. For more information phone 1-800-935-5555.