Harper Government creating jobs and opportunity for Canadian youth

June 26, 2013 – Canada’s young people are our greatest human resource, both now and for the future. Our Government understands the importance of helping our young people obtain the skills and training that are needed to help them find jobs.

While Justin Trudeau and his party focus on talking and photo opportunities, our Government has taken action and helped 2.1 million young Canadians find training or employment since forming government in 2006. Under our Government, Canada’s success rate for youth employment is second only to Germany among the leading G8 countries. In fact, the numbers speak for themselves. In May, we saw the biggest monthly gain of new jobs for young Canadians in nearly three decades.

Although Canada has the strongest record of growth and job creation during the economic recovery, it can be difficult for a young person to break into the job market. That is why the Harper Government put a priority on assisting young Canadians. To create jobs for young Canadians right now, the Harper Government is investing over $300 million per year into our national Youth Employment Strategy. This summer alone, we will create over 36 000 summer jobs so that students can earn while they learn. Knowing the importance of paid internships, another 5,000 openings will also be made available to Canada’s young people through Economic Action Plan 2013.

Access to affordable post-secondary is also critical to ensuring that young Canadians receive the education that they need. Last year, 450,000 post-secondary students received government loans and more than 335,000 students benefited from federal grants. Young Canadians will also be able to benefit from the new Canada Job Grant, once fully implemented, to help find a new or better job.

Despite all of this action and more, Justin Trudeau and his party continuously vote against measures that help Canadian youth find employment. Our Government will take no lessons from the Liberal leader. The Harper Government will however continue to create opportunities for young Canadians that will help to build on our economic growth and long-term prosperity.

For more information, contact:
Jan O’Driscoll
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley