Liberal government falls short on promise to create 5,000 jobs for youth
October 03, 2016
The federal Liberals are falling short of their promise to create thousands of green jobs for young Canadians.
On the campaign trail just over one year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to create 5,000 green jobs for young Canadians annually, with thousands slated to be guides and interpreters at Parks Canada.
Despite pouring millions into the federal youth employment strategy in their first budget, figures provided from Parks Canada show the agency employed 1,636 students this past summer, an increase of 435 over the students employed during summer 2015 - but only one-third of the total promised by Trudeau.
2016 Federal Budget
2016 Federal Budget
March 22, 2016
Chapter 1 > Helping Youth Obtain Valuable Work Experience
To expand employment opportunities for young Canadians, Budget 2016 proposes to invest an additional $165.4 million in the Youth Employment Strategy in 2016–17.
To that end, on February 12, 2016, the Government announced that it will invest $339 million over three years, starting in 2016–17, to create up to 35,000 additional jobs in each of the next three years under the Canada Summer Jobs program. This investment will more than double the number of job opportunities supported by the program.
Although the investment promise is met ($339 million instead of $300 million), the number of jobs announced (35,000) is less than the promised 40,000. If in the end 40,000 jobs end up being created each year for the next 3 years thanks to that program, that promise status will be updated accordingly.
Trudeau to give big boost to Canada Summer Jobs program
The Globe and Mail
February 12, 2016
The Canadian Press has learned that Trudeau is to announce a doubling of the Canada Summer Jobs program during a visit to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club in Toronto.
A senior government official indicated Trudeau will announce a "massive" boost to the program, aimed at creating an additional 35,000 jobs.
Canada Summer Jobs is one of three programs that falls under the umbrella of the federal Youth Employment Strategy.