Revelstoke students, youth benefit from Kootenay-Columbia student jobs initiative

Canadian Summer Jobs Initiative will provide more than $625,000 to aid in job creation for secondary and post secondary youth in Kootenay-Columbia this summer.

MP Wayne Stetski at the Cranbrook Public Produce Garden. Stetski has announced more than $625,00 in funding for student employment in the Kootenay-Columbia Region. Photo: Wayne Stetski.

Every summer youth across the country are provided with employment opportunities thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Initiative. The initiative contributes annually to aid in creating jobs for secondary and post secondary students. This year a total of $625,097 in federal funding is earmarked for youth employment in the Kootenay-Columbia Riding.

A media statement from the office of Kootenay-Columbia Member of Parliament Wayne Stetski says he was instrumental in awarding the more than $625,000 in federal assistance to create summer jobs for Kootenay-Columbia students. Here is what the statement had to say;

Because programs like CSJ help to bolster local economies, Stetski takes an active role in establishing priorities beneficial to his riding and allocating funds accordingly.  The NDP MP has requested additional funds as they become available to ensure that even more jobs are created.  Already he has supported funding for 151 projects throughout the region.

“I prioritized funding for as many as 210 student jobs in the riding and gave particular consideration to communities with low rates of youth employment,” said Stetski.

The Kootenay-Columbia MP stressed that the program also is about helping our young people to acquire valuable experience and workplace skills.

“I assessed each employer on the quality of the project proposed and the experience offered to the student, not on the values of the organization.  I remain hopeful that in 2019 the Liberal government will take this view and drop their controversial requirement for an attestation as to the applicant’s mandate,” added the MP.

This year Stetski’s local priorities echo those of past years: tourism, technology, arts and culture, the environment and food security.  For 2018 he paid special attention to those projects employing the disabled, indigenous, or ethnic minorities.  The Member of Parliament has assigned grants to eligible not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers, as well as small businesses.