Helping youth (and young adults) gain the skills and experience they need to succeed was on the agenda at the Canada Summer Jobs announcement, Friday.

Hon. Mary Ng, MP Markham-Thornhill and Minister of Small Business and Export Promotions relayed the initiative at Aaniin Public Library. The Canada Summer Jobs funding is being rolled out under the Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

The federal government’s initiative to help those “newest” to the workforce embodies three corresponding program streams: Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience.

Over 220,000 youth have been finding good jobs or working to improve their skills under advancements in the strategy, implemented since 2015.

“Our continued prosperity depends on young Canadians successfully transitioning from the classroom to the workforce,” says Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Speaking on behalf of Hajdu (who was not present at the announcement) Ng says the strategy “embodies the spirit of YES.” It can also expand to indigenous youth, young newcomers, and youth up to the age of 30.

Ng continued to say “the experience young people get is really quite extraordinary” and helping vulnerable youth transitioning from school to work. “Our communities are going to benefit. Our employers are going to benefit. Canada works best when it works for everyone,” says Ng.

Markham Public Library is also getting in on the action by offering nearly 900 programs for children and teens throughout the summer.  Board Chair, Ben Hendricks says “we could not accomplish this without Canada Summer Jobs.  Across our branches 27 local youth have been funded through Canada Summer Jobs to share their knowledge and expertise so that children visiting our libraries are engaged in learning opportunities that help them explore new interests and passions.” 

A media release issued by Employment and Social Development Canada states:

As part of the Youth Employment Strategy, Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market. Through CSJ 2018, the Government of Canada helped create over 70,000 quality summer jobs for youth, doubling the number of jobs created through CSJ 2015.

“Through programs like YES and Canada Summer Jobs, we are giving young people, right here in Markham-Thornhill and in  communities across the country, the opportunities and experience they need to succeed in the job market, while helping local employers fill the gaps during the busy summer period. In Markham-Thornhill, the Canada Summer Jobs program helped over 200 students and nearly 70 employers. These programs are critical to ensuring the future success of our youth from coast to coast to coast.”

– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion