OTTAWA– The Conservative government must recognize Canada’s summer student jobs crisis and take swift action to avert long-term harm to today’s generation of youth, said Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison today.
“When university and college students cannot find summer work they not only miss out on income they require to pay tuition, but they miss out on valuable work experience that will help them succeed after graduation,” said Mr. Brison. “More and more, these students are competing for entry level jobs with older Canadians coming out of retirement to rebuild their savings and middle-aged workers who have lost their jobs.”
Employment for students (20-24 years) returning to school this fall fell to 63.2% in June, the lowest level of summer employment for this group since Statistics Canada began tracking this data in 1977. Yesterday, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned that youth employment has not recovered since the 2008 global recession and that this generation risks enduring a lifelong “scarring effect.”
“The federal government has a responsibility to ensure that today’s young people have the opportunity to succeed,” said Mr. Brison. “Creating a youth hiring tax credit, increasing funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program and reopening the summer youth job centres that Stephen Harper closed last February are all examples of positive actions this government could take.”