February 12, 2016 11:17 am
Updated: February 12, 2016 1:01 pm

Trudeau to announce big boost to Canada Summer Jobs program

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OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau will mark his 100th day as prime minister today with a “massive” boost to a program that helps students get summer jobs.

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.

The federal government spent $106 million on the program last year to help create more than 34,000 summer jobs.

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A senior government official indicated Trudeau will announce a “massive” boost to the program, aimed at creating an additional 35,000 jobs.

Under the program, the government subsidizes summer wages paid to young people between the ages of 15 and 30, who were full-time students during the past academic year and intend to return to school full-time in the coming academic year.

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The subsidy, based on minimum provincial wage rates, ranges from 100 per cent for not-for-profit sector employers to 50 per cent for public sector employers and for private sector employers who employ no more than 50 employees.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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