[ Photo Above: MP Longfield and the CSJ employees at the Life Gears Academy (2023) ]
Released For Publication - November 30, 2023
When young people have the skills and experience they need to join the workforce, both our communities and economy benefit. That is why, the Government of Canada supports youth at every stage of their journey towards a bright future through its comprehensive array of youth programming.
Today, MP Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced that the employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2024 is open. Employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees can apply for funding until 11:59 pm Pacific Time (PT) on January 10, 2024, to hire young Canadians next summer. Full-time job placements will become available starting in April 2024.
“I encourage not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and private sector organizations to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Guelph has benefitted from Canada Summer Jobs in the past and the opportunities the program offers to both youth and employers has made a such significant difference each year.”
– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph
CSJ 2024 will aim to create 70,000 summer jobs for young Canadians, with an emphasis on creating jobs for youth facing barriers to employment. This is part of the over 140,000 opportunities that the Government of Canada aims to create for youth this year.
Each year, the Government establishes national priorities for CSJ to reflect Canada’s diverse population and evolving needs.
The priorities for CSJ 2024 are:
• Youth with disabilities or with organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities;
• Youth that are underrepresented in the labour market, including:
o Black and other racialized youth
o Indigenous youth
o 2SLGBTQI+ youth
• Youth in rural areas, remote communities, or official language minority communities;
• Provide exposure or experience related to the skilled trades, which may include opportunities in the residential construction sector;
• Sustainable jobs that support the protection of the environment or delivering positive environmental outcomes.
In Guelph, local priorities will also focus on organizations supporting food insecurity, early leaning, seniors and those with mental health and addiction challenges.
Creating a GCOS account is a one-time process that allows organizations to apply for various Employment and Social Development Canada funding opportunities in a secure web environment.
The CSJ program is one of two programs that Employment and Social Development Canada delivers under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS).
Delivered in partnership by 12 federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations, the YESS is a horizontal Government of Canada initiative that supports youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to gain the work experience and develop the skills they need to successfully transition into the labour market. In early October, the Government launched a call for proposals under Employment and Social Development Canada’s YESS Program to fund projects that support youth who are facing barriers to employment.
To further support youth, additional funding opportunities are currently available through the Canada Service Corps (CSC) for organizations that provide meaningful volunteer service opportunities for young people between the ages of 12 and 30.
Organizations can apply for funding through the CSC call for proposals until December 19, 2023. Through the call, CSC aims to create approximately 36,000 service opportunities for youth.
This comprehensive array of programs represent the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring that youth have meaningful and effective supports to enter the job market and build their skills and experience. Young people across Canada all have one thing in common – they want to create a better future for themselves, and the Government remains committed to supporting their success.
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