October 1, 2020              Sherbrooke, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on Canada’s youth. Many saw their summer jobs, internships and graduation plans disappear. To help Canada’s students and young people during this unprecedented time, the Government of Canada introduced a comprehensive emergency support package earlier this year.

To further help youth, today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke, Elisabeth Brière, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that Actions Interculturelles Canada will receive up to $3 million for their Mon avenir, j’y travaille project under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.

This project will provide work experience to 200 youth across Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Participants in this program can look forward to job environments that foster mentorship training, skills development workshops and a wide range of other professional work experiences needed for their future careers. The project will also place a priority on hiring and retaining a diversity of youth through work experience and integration.

Parliamentary Secretary Brière also highlighted the Government of Canada’s recently introduced COVID-19 measures on supports for young Canadians and students affected by the pandemic, including:

  • Increased funding of up to $187.7 million for the YESS to create 9,500 more work opportunities for young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment. YESS projects managed by ESDC received up to $40 million for national projects that are providing flexible supports and targeted job opportunities for up to 4,700 youth aged 15-30, in the areas of social support services, transport, information technology, research and administration, and other placements that support community needs.
  • Additional funding of $61.7 million for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program to help expand the current work placement target from 70,000 to 80,000, creating 10,000 more placements for young people aged 15 to 30. To date, over 84,500 jobs have been approved, with approximately 3,000 opportunities currently available at Jobbank.gc.ca  
  • Increased funding of $266.1 million to the Student Work Placement (SWP) Program to support up to 40,000 work placements for post-secondary students in vital sectors such as healthcare.

As was highlighted in the Speech from the Throne on September 23, 2020, the Government will build upon this momentum to help to create more jobs by significantly scaling up the YESS, to provide more paid work experiences next year for young Canadians. This will ensure that students continue to have access to the tools and opportunities that will help them build successful careers in the future as we begin our economic recovery. 

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