Mathyssen Announces $350, 383 for Student Jobs

Federal funds will create 95 summer jobs for area students

LONDON – Although the London region continues to be battered by job losses and rising unemployment numbers as Canada struggles with the worst recession in a generation, students in the London region will still have some summer employment opportunities thanks to federal Canada Summer Jobs funding finalized today.

“This morning I was able to begin calling the community organizations and businesses who made successful applications for Canada Summer Jobs. After all the negative economic news our community has been flooded with, it was a pleasure to be able to deliver a bit of good news,” said NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe). “In all, 39 projects will receive funding this summer, which will create 95 jobs for students. One of the statistics often overlooked when unemployment rates are being reported is the rates of unemployment for Canadians 18-30 years old. I recently heard a CBC report that the unemployment number for youth was nearly 15%, which is almost double the overall rate of 8%. I know this Canada Summer Jobs funding will help to ensure at least some employment opportunities are available for students this summer.”

The London-Fanshawe funding will benefit a diverse range of employers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, including: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, the London Public Library, St. Joseph’s Health Care, Purifics Inc., a number of early learning and childcare providers, and several faith community summer programs.

“Each of the positions funded through Canada Summer Jobs will provide valuable work experience, as well as a summer income to help with the cost of post-secondary education for the students who successfully obtain these positions. This is the kind of government program which will help our community during the economic crisis, but more importantly has long term benefits for both the student employees and for the employers,” Mathyssen said.