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Applications open for Canada Summer Jobs

Employers in Oshawa have until Jan. 25 to submit funding applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private employers with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding from the Government of Canada.

“Young Canadians are the future of our country. By giving them the opportunity to obtain education and experience in the workforce, we are providing them with the necessary tools for them to start their careers,” says Oshawa MP Colin Carrie.

Carrie also expressed satisfaction after speaking about some of the changes to the 2019 program.

“After pressure from our Conservative Caucus and grassroots community organizations, the Liberal government has rolled back some changes that they implemented to the CSJ program,” Carrie said in a statement. “I am very proud of the work that was done to roll back these changes to ensure the program is fair for all.”

In December 2017, the Liberal government added a new attestation element to the program where employers seeking grants were required to attest they respect individual human rights such as reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination.

Groups that espouse beliefs that are outwardly against abortion or groups and individuals of different race, nationality, religion or sexual orientation or gender identity will not be funded.

Carrie says improvements made to the program include:

-Expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.

-Updated eligibility criteria to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding.

-Better job matching as all positions will be posted on jobbank.gc.ca and on the Job Bank app.

Not-for-profit employers can receive 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public-sector employers and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada can receive 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Employers can now open an account on the Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, allowing them to take their time with the application, track it once it has been submitted and get quicker feedback from Service Canada.