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MPs tour community to see impact of Canada Summer Jobs program

235 positions created for students in Barrie-Innisfil
MPs' Nuttall, Brassard, Mayor Lehman Aug. 11, 2017
MPs Alex Nuttal, John Brassard and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman are pictured with group at city hall. Photo courtesy Alex Nuttall's office



August 11, 2017

Today the Member of Parliament for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, Alex Nuttall, and the Member of Parliament for Barrie-Innisfil, John Brassard, are pleased to announce another year of success for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program. This year, the program created 221 local jobs in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte and 235 positions for students in Barrie-Innisfil.

Since its creation by the previous Conservative government in 2007, the CSJ program has provided job experience to over 400,000 students. With roughly 66,000 student jobs created in 2016, the program continues to strengthen local economies and offering new, meaningful opportunities for both students and employers.

With the presence of the CSJ program in our region it is evident that more and more students are gaining valuable work and life experience. While the students provide additional services to our communities, they are also expanding their professional horizons, and seeing doors open to further opportunities that will help them prepare for successful futures.

This year, MP Nuttall focused local funding priorities on youth programs, arts and theatre, religious organizations, sports and recreation, non-profit organizations, and efforts surrounding Canada 150 celebrations. With approximately 220 jobs and $740,000 funding dollars provided in Barrie-Springwater- Oro-Medonte this year, MP Nuttall was pleased to announce $20,000 in funding to the City of Barrie Recreation Services programs creating 14 student positions.

“We are excited to see new and returning employers participating in the program this year”, said MP Nuttall. “It has been great to visit and speak with the numerous students and organizations to see the true impact that this program is making, both in supporting employer growth and providing hands-on learning for students.” added Nuttall.

MP Brassard made non-profit organizations that support the disadvantaged, tourism, summer camps for kids and celebrations to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge his local funding priorities. With approximately 235 jobs and $650,000 funding dollars provided in Barrie-Innisfil this year, MP Brassard was pleased to announce $18,000 in funding to the City of Barrie Recreation Services programs creating 15 student positions.

“I fully support this program brought in by the previous government. It has been a resounding success. Canada Summer Jobs benefits our community, our local economy and especially the students of Barrie- Innisfil,” said MP Brassard. “Students who participate in Canada Summer Jobs gain outstanding work experience that will help them immensely in their future endeavours. This year there was a significant increase in applicants in Barrie-Innisfil and I appreciate the real opportunities it offers to our young people locally.” added Brassard.

“We are once again grateful to the Federal Government for this funding which benefits the City and students in our region,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “While these students gain valuable work experience, our community benefits from their many talents and skills”.


The CSJ initiative provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The Canada Summer Jobs Program is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.

Once the application period opens each year, employers are able to complete and submit their applications online, by mail or in person. To support employers, the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide provides instructions on how to fill out an application, information on eligibility requirements and the assessment criteria. The assessments of applications were carried out on a constituency-by-constituency basis to ensure that local priorities were reflected.

Service Canada officials completed their assessment of applications in April and the assessment timeline was designed to have students on the job as early as May.

Office of MP Alex Nuttall 705-728-2596

Office of MP John Brassard 705-726-5959