LONDON – Although the London area struggles with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, there are still some opportunities available for youth in the region.  120 summer jobs will be available to students in our community thanks to federal Canada Summer Jobs funding finalized today.

 “After all the negative economic news our community has been flooded with, it is a pleasure to be able to deliver a bit of good news,” said NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe). “In all, 37 projects will receive funding this summer, which will create 120 jobs for students. The positions are funded through Canada Summer Jobs and will provide valuable work experience, as well as a summer income to help with the cost of post-secondary education for many students”.

All three sectors, private, public and not-for-profit, will get a boost in the community. A wide range of employers including; A&L Canada Laboratories, Van Luyk Greenhouses, Community Living London, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, the London Public Library, the Argyle Business Improvement Association, are among the many organizations and businesses who will be able to provide summer jobs thanks to the approval of their funding requests.

“One important component of this longstanding program is that MPs are given an opportunity to identify local needs early in the process. Obviously, London’s needs are different from Halifax or Edmonton or for that matter Waterloo just down the highway,” said Mathyssen. “This flexibility allows Service Canada to take local realities into consideration.  Similar national programs that do not take a ‘one-size fits all’ approach are the kind of government programs that we really need more of to help communities across the country recover from the economic instability we have seen in the past few years.  Programs such as Canada Summer jobs benefit all Canadian cities and families.”