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Gov’t tags over $800,000 for summer jobs across the region

Federal funding will help employ up to 184 young people this summer as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program, says Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille, who secured an $806,818 investment in the region.

At least 96 different businesses and organizations will benefit from this funding.

“I am delighted with this investment, which will give young people between the ages of 15 and 30 a rewarding work experience over the summer while helping to meet employers’ significant labour needs,” says DeBellefeuille, who will be meeting with some of the young employees over the coming months to talk about their experiences.

DeBellefeuille says priority was given this year to organic farms, non-profit organizations, and municipal day camps, while noting the program’s resources were limited.

“The program is attracting a great deal of interest in the region,” DeBellefeuille says, while noting the steady increase in demand for funding. The total amount of requests for 2024 exceeded $2.3 million. “The $806,818 envelope granted by the federal government was far from sufficient to meet the needs expressed,” she laments.

“It is essential that the federal government adapts its program and recognizes the rising cost of living and the need to offer decent, competitive salaries to attract the next generation of workers,” says DeBellefeuille. “Our employers are being left behind, and our young people are being deprived of valuable opportunities to enter the job market,” she insists.

DeBellefeuille says she is especially concerned that the lack of funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program is jeopardizing the sustainability of services offered by community organizations as well as tourism and seasonal businesses. (SR)

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