Poilievre announces summer jobs for students


Manotick, ON Students in areas like Manotick, Osgoode and Greely will have an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn money for the upcoming school year thanks to the federal Canada Summer Jobs initiative. Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.


“The Harper government’s top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Poilievre. “Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping local employers create summer job opportunities for students in this area, while also strengthening our community’s economy.”


MP Poilievre made the announcement at Watson’s Mill in Manotick, which is receiving over $19,000 in Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire four students. The funding will enable the students to gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, both now and in the future. Poilievre added that there are dozens of other local organizations who are benefitting from the program, creating almost 100 student jobs in Nepean-Carleton. This program is particularly important to non-profit groups and organizations in rural communities because it can be especially difficult for these employers to attract younger workers.


“This is our seventh year participating in the Canada Summer Jobs Program,” said Watson’s Mill Manager, Isabelle Geoffrion. “The students that we can now hire really help us to improve the visitor experience for those coming to Watson’s Mill. We are very grateful to the federal government for recognizing the importance of organizations like ours and providing us with the tools to employ local students and improve the community around us.”


Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of the government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, to obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.  


“Canada Summer Jobs 2012 will provide up to 36 000 important job opportunities and experiences for students across the country” added Poilievre. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity.”



“Mill staff and students stand in front of Dickenson House”