Sun shines on student job opportunities

North Island employers are invited to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

North Island employers are invited to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to boost their seasonal workforce while helping create student jobs.

John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, announced the program last week in Courtenay. Deadline for application is Feb. 28.

“Our government’s top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Duncan. “Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping Vancouver Island North employers create meaningful summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening our community’s economy.”

The government aims to invest in youth to help them gain tangible skills and job experience while earning money for the next school year.

Funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses. Young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the following school year can qualify for these job opportunities.

Employers can apply online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 or print an application from the website. They can also get an application by visiting any Service Canada Centre. Applications must be submitted between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28.

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.