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$379,000 for 173 Sault summer jobs

NEWS RELEASE BRYAN HAYES, MP ************************ Harper Government creates new jobs for Canadian youth in Sault Ste. Marie SAULT STE. MARIE - Students in the Sault Ste.



Harper Government creates new jobs for Canadian youth in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE - Students in the Sault Ste. Marie area will gain valuable work experience this summer as a result of the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs initiative. 

Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, announced today that the Sault Ste. Marie area riding will receive over $379,000 -  funding for 173 summer jobs.

“Creating summer jobs for students, benefits not only youth and employers, but also local economies across the country,” said  Mr. Hayes. “Canada Summer Jobs is yet another excellent example of how our government is creating jobs and economic growth.”

Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year. 

Today, at the Lakeshore Kiwanis weekly meeting, MP Hayes announced that as part of the $379,000 being brought to the Sault area, over $10,000 will be allocated to Camp Wakonda to hire four summer students.

“The Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore summer camp program for children at Camp Wakonda is very appreciative and thankful for this allocation of $10,542.00 from the Canada Summer Jobs program,” said David Shier, Camp Wakonda president.

“This grant will be used for the hiring of four summer students, who are qualified counsellors, to work with the children and create a safe, fun and memorable experience at summer camp, while making new friends in the process,” continued Shier. “Our summer camp program is the main reason that our Kiwanis club owns Camp Wakonda and this grant is vital to ensuring this program continues for the benefit of the children of Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area!”

Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which also includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs.

With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.

Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years in YES to support 5,000 more paid internships.

This is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through EAP 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada’s broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 

A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.

To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit

The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at

To learn more about the Youth Employment Strategy, watch this video.