LONDON – Despite a slow job market recovery, students in the London region will still have some summer employment opportunities in the London-Fanshawe riding thanks to federal Canada Summer Jobs funding finalized today.

“After all the negative economic news and the job loss battering our community has faced over the past several years, it is good to be able to deliver a bit of good news. Yesterday I was able to begin calling the small businesses and community organizations who made successful applications for Canada Summer Jobs to let them know they can begin the hiring process” said NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe). “In all, 66 projects will receive funding this summer, which will create 110 jobs for students. One of the statistics often overlooked when unemployment rates are reported is the rate of unemployment for Canadians 18-30 years old. London’s general unemployment rate is bad enough, but the youth unemployment problem is even more serious. The Canada Summer Jobs program and funding helps to ensure at least some employment opportunities are available for students this summer. The employment income gained through these opportunities can often be the difference between returning to school to complete an education or being forced to abandon the dream of post secondary education."

Mathyssen began contacting businesses and organizations which previously utilized the program, as well as those that were interested in job creation funding sources,in January.  The contact was to advise them about the process and provide information about application packages.

“MPs—at least those who are doing their jobs well—hear from a broad range of businesses and community organizations throughout the year. This gives us an opportunity to take what we have learned from these contacts and use it to help shape the priorities to fit the realities of the community. The Canada Summer Jobs program is one national program that does not take a one-size fits all approach.  In the current economic climate, that ability to respond to local needs is critical.”

The London-Fanshawe funding will benefit a diverse range of employers in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, including: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, the London Public Library, VanLuyk’s Greenhouses, Addaline Asphalt, and Coulter’s Pharmacy among others.

“Many of these organizations and businesses would simply not have the capacity to create these jobs without government support. This is the kind of government program which will help our community during what has been at best a shaky economic recovery.  But more importantly it has long term benefits for both the student employees and for the employers,” Mathyssen said.