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The federal government has announced that it is expanding the Canada Summer Jobs program to encourage businesses to hire students for summer work. The program, which normally subsidizes employers to hire students by paying up to half of the local minimum wage toward the worker’s salary, will now cover 100% of salaries. The federal government estimates that the program could create up to 70,000 jobs for young people. Student advocates, although grateful for the assistance, argue that it is not enough. The Canadian Federation of Students, for example, told the Times Colonist that 70,000 jobs is a drop in the bucket as more than two million students are enrolled in postsecondary education across the country. “Supporting 70,000 jobs is a good step forward,” stated Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Chair Adam Brown. “We hope to see additional relief from the federal government to support students in this trying time.”

 

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