Wilks invites local employers to apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2012

David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay Columbia encourages employers to apply for funding.

David Wilks


David Wilks,  Member of Parliament for Kootenay Columbia today encouraged employers to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to help create jobs for students this summer.

Employers can apply online at http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml or print an application from the website. They can also get an application by visiting any Service Canada Centre. Applications must be submitted before February 29.

“Our government’s top priority is job creation and economic growth,” said Wilks.  “Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping Kootenay Columbia employers create much-needed summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening our community’s economy.”

To help employers complete their application, the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide is available online, by calling 1-800-935-5555, or by visiting any Service Canada Centre. Funding will be available for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to create high-quality summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

In 2011, the Government of Canada permanently increased the annual budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million. The increased funding is helping more students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, both now and in the future.