Employers can start applying for funding that will help them hire more summer help.

“Our government is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping students get the skills and training they need for jobs now and in the future,” says Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Businesses must keep in mind that the employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs has changed: applications are now available at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj, and they must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

The new timeline means qualifying employers will be notified sooner and have more time to recruit students.

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Funding will be awarded to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses, and youth aged 15 to 30 (who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the fall) can qualify for job opportunities.

Canada Summer Jobs provides $107.5 million annually across all 308 federal constituencies to create student employment. Since 2007, the program has helped over 260, 000 students. Canada Summer Jobs 2014 is expected to create approximately 35 000 jobs, while helping employers address skills shortages.

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