City of Windsor is One of Many Grateful Recipients of 2022 Canada Summer Jobs Program Funding

The Canada Summer Jobs program is releasing numbers and funding for important work opportunities for young people, with Windsor and Essex County once again grateful to be benefiting from the funding stream.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens was joined by Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament (MP) for Windsor-Tecumseh, and Brian Masse, Member of Parliament for Windsor West, on Friday to announce the successful application by the City of Windsor and other local organizations resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in summer job funding.

The Windsor West office was able to approve the City of Windsor’s Canada Summer Jobs application for 107 students totalling $224,700 in funding. The Windsor-Tecumseh riding secured 80 positions valued at $168,000 in funding. The majority of the positions will help the City’s Parks Department to plant, tend, and maintain gardens and parks during the busy summer months. Other departments benefiting from summer youth workers include Environmental Planning, Public Works Technical Support, and Windsor Public Library Records & Archives.

MP Brian Masse recognized several organizations receiving funding from his Windsor West office that are making an impact on the community and environment, and included acknowledgement of Wildlife Preservation Canada, Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts, and Autism Services.

Irek Kusmierczyk took the opportunity to highlight The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc., Unemployed Help Centre - Hub of Opportunities, and Home Instead – each benefitting from the Windsor-Tecumseh Canada Summer Jobs funding, as well.

Canada Summer Jobs provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and small private sector organizations to create quality summer work experiences for young people ages 15 to 30 years. Each year, the City has benefitted from increases in grant approvals that have allowed for higher levels of in-demand programming and services in our parks:

  • 2018: $39,815
  • 2019: $37,190
  • 2020: $43,610
  • 2021: $370,409
  • 2022: $392,000

Quotes:

“I am grateful for the advocacy of these two champions for our region, and for this investment in our community. While so many other organizations are benefiting as well, on behalf of the City of Windsor, thank you for providing these important opportunities for young people to gain valuable work experiences and for the City to continue to provide outstanding municipal services in this competitive job market.”
– Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens

“The Canada Summer Jobs program provides hundreds of our young people the opportunity to gain invaluable job experience, earn extra income, and share their talents and hard work with local businesses and organizations that provide important services to residents and that make our community vibrant. It’s a huge win-win all around.”
– Irek
Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor-Tecumseh

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, young workers have shown the greatest likelihood of working reduced hours and losing their jobs out of any age group, with 50% of Canadians under 30 experiencing one or both of those outcomes. I am proud of the young people of Windsor West who have overcome many challenges over these past two years. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, youth in our community will receive valuable work experience this summer, allowing them to develop the foundational skills needed to succeed in their chosen careers for the future.”
– Brian Masse, Member of Parliament for Windsor West

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