Canadian Alliance of Student Associations

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations has released the results of a poll that found nearly half of students are not able to secure a paid work placement in their field. “Although the number of paid work placements available to students has increased over the years, CASA believes that it’s still far from enough,” said CASA Executive Director Manjeet Birk. “Unpaid work placements are not only less valuable when it comes to helping you find a job after graduation, but they also contribute to rising student debt.” CASA advocates that the federal government undertake a number of initiatives, including expanding the Canada Summer Jobs program, increasing access to career education for youth, and investing in programs that connect Indigenous and marginalized youth with employers and the labour market.


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