Manitoba launches website to match students to summer jobs

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is expected to give an update Thursday.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced a new online tool to help businesses and students connect for summer employment.

Called Student Jobs MB, the site is for students aged 15-29 and is free to use.

“Private-sector employers, not-for-profit organizations and governments are able to post jobs and connect directly with students,” said Pallister.

Coronavirus outbreak: Manitoba expands province’s student summer jobs program
Coronavirus outbreak: Manitoba expands province’s student summer jobs program

“This tool expedites the hiring process and will encourage student summer employment.”

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The goal of the site is to complement the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, which helps businesses by providing a $7/hour subsidy for those who hire up to five summer students.

On Wednesday, the premier officially announced Phase 2 of the government’s reopening plan, which will come into effect June 1.

No new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported Wednesday. Manitoba has reported three cases in the past two weeks.

READ MORE: Manitoba’s Phase 2 reopening amid COVID-19 will start June 1

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