Canada will help students by subsidizing the Canada Summer Jobs Program
Speaking out of Rideau Cottage on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government will subsidize 100 per cent of wages for the Canada Summer Jobs Program.
It will also extend this year's work period until February 28, 2021.
The government expects these measures to create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need: https://t.co/IvljJaTU8p #COVID19— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) April 8, 2020
Speaking about young people, Trudeau said "they're new to the workforce, so they don't have a lot of money set aside for this kind of situation."
"At the same time, they need work experience to secure their next job and money to cover their living expenses and to help with tuition for the rest of the year."
Applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program closed in February, but Trudeau assured students that MPs across Canada will be reaching out to businesses to "look at how students can help during this critical time."
He gave the example of a local food bank, which may need students to help deliver food to vulnerable Canadians.
Trudeau's announcement is a win for students, but there are still plenty of valid concerns about the new measure. Immunocompromised students, for example, will be unable to work this summer, and therefore still in need of direct financial aid.
The Canada Summer Jobs program is not a step in the right direction from the Canadian government. I am happy to see they are taking the student and recent graduate issue seriously, but the CSJ is not the right approach. Students and recent grads need to qualify for the CERB.— Kathleen O. (@KathleenO71) April 8, 2020
Still, the Prime Minister has implied that more measures to help students aren't off the table.
"In this economic climate, it's hard for people of all ages to find work, but young people are especially vulnerable," Trudeau said.
"We will be doing more."
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