Students and employers summer jobs funding available in Kootenays

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MP Wayne Stetski wants regional employers to know that it is time again to apply for funding to hire students for the summer of 2019.

“The annual Canada Summer Jobs Program helps our young people find summer employment and gain valuable workplace skills,” said Stetski. “At the same time small employers can use the funds to subsidize an expanded summer workforce. This is a win-win for our communities.”

Service Canada began accepting applications for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program on December 17, 2018.

Eligible not-for-profit groups, community organizations, public sector employers and small businesses can apply to the CSJ program for federal funding to hire students between the ages of 15 and 30.

The Kootenay-Columbia MP has set local priorities to meet the employment needs of the region, including projects in tourism, the environment, arts and culture, and food security. Stetski will give particular consideration to communities with low rates of youth employment and to programs that hire the disabled, indigenous or ethnic minorities.

“This is a program I actively support, and I will be participating in the final selection process again this year,” declared Stetski.

Last year the MP was instrumental in assigning grants totaling more than $700,000 to fund youth employment in Kootenay-Columbia.

The closing date for applications is January 25. For further information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Service Canada website at www.servicecanada.gc.ca, a Service Canada Centre, or MP Wayne Stetski’s website at www.wayne.stetski.ndp.ca.

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