As the warmer months approach, many young Canadians will be looking to secure meaningful work experiences for the summer. A summer job can serve as a valuable stepping stone to a successful career. Not only does it allow a young person to build work experience and develop new skills, it puts money in their pocket to cover expenses, save for the future, or fund further education.
Today, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien announced the launch of the hiring period for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) for youth 2023. This summer, more than 70,000 CSJ placements are being made available for young people between the ages of 15 and 30. Young job seekers can now find new job opportunities in their communities on jobbank.gc.ca/youth and the Job Bank mobile app in a variety of important emerging sectors such as the digital economy, green jobs, environmental science and technology, and natural resources.
The program prioritizes projects that support youth who face barriers to employment. This includes youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, as well as Black and other racialized youth. By providing all young people with equitable opportunities to develop their skills, Canada Summer Jobs can help them to succeed in the job market.
Canada Summer Jobs for youth is delivered through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) and is part of a suite of programs offered by the Government of Canada to help youth gain the skills, education, and work experience they need to successfully transition into the workforce.