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Canada Summer Jobs 2019 Hiring Season Kicks Off – Over 85,000 jobs available for youth in Canada on

by pnationtalk on April 23, 2019201 Views

April 23, 2019        Cape Breton, Nova Scotia      Employment and Social Development Canada

Helping young Canadians get the skills and experience they need to start their careers is part of the Government’s plan to build a strong, resilient workforce and grow the middle class. That is why the Government of Canada has doubled the number of jobs created through the Canada Summer Jobs program since 2015, creating meaningful, paid work experience for over 70,000 youth per year.

Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Rodger Cuzner, and Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, the Honourable Mark Eyking, announced on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, that the hiring season for Canada Summer Jobs 2019 has begun. This year in Canada, over 85,000 jobs are available to youth. Here in Nova Scotia that means that 3,323 jobs will be available to local youth.

New this year, the Government of Canada invites young summer job seekers to find these opportunities by visiting or downloading the free Job Bank app to find employers who are hiring in their communities. All the opportunities will be posted until July 12, 2019.


“Canada’s young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That’s why our government, through Canada Summer Jobs, is focused on ensuring more young Canadians can access the paid, meaningful work experience they need to succeed in our changing economy. By posting all available jobs on, young people can find all 2019 opportunities in one place.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“I am proud that the Canada Summer Jobs program is helping to create job opportunities for over 300 youth in Cape Breton — Canso this summer. Organizations in our riding who were eligible under this program will be able to hire local youth and help them acquire experiences and skills to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.”
– Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“Approximately 300 businesses and organizations in Sydney-Victoria will be able to hire youth for the summer through the Canada Summer Jobs Grant this year. This programs gives young people the chance to learn valuable skills that they will be able to use later in their careers. I’m proud that our government has this initiative to help youth and our local community.”

–  The Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney- Victoria

“Families have come to rely on the YMCA of Cape Breton for safe, engaging and inclusive summer day camps at both our Sydney and Port Hawkesbury locations. Funding provided through the Canada Summer Jobs Strategy helps us to hire the staff we need to ensure high-quality summer day camp programs while keeping them affordable for Cape Breton families and accessible to children with disabilities who might otherwise not get a chance to participate. The Government of Canada’s continuing support for this program will benefit many young people and employers throughout the country.”

–  Andre Gallant, CEO, YMCA of Cape Breton

Quick facts

  • Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy. Since 2005, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped over 900,000 young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and keep good-quality jobs.
  • Since its launch in March 2018, the Job Bank app has been downloaded over 168,000 times and, combined with the website, has served over 5 million clients.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada received approximately 40,000 applications during the Canada Summer Jobs 2019 application period, requesting funding for approximately 150,000 jobs representing approximately $890M in total funding requests.
  • Budget 2016 included a commitment to double the number of Canada Summer Jobs every year going forward. In summer 2018, over 70,033 jobs were created through the Canada Summer Jobs program, fulfilling this commitment.
  • Eligiblity criteria for the program have changed and once again, tens of thousands of great job opportunities are available. This year, they are open to all youth between the ages of 15 and 30 who are eligible to work in Canada, not just students.
  • Each year national priorities are determined based on the needs of the labour market and to reflect Canada’s diverse population This year’s national CSJ priorities support:
    • organizations that provide services to, or intend to hire, youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or who have additional barriers to participate in the labour market;
    • opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades;
    • opportunities for youth in rural areas and remote communities, and Official Language Minority Communities;
    • small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to job creation; and
    • organizations that deliver supports or services to seniors.

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Annabelle S. Archambault
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minsiter of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour


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