Ottawa shouldn’t be involved in career advising (Guest commentary)

A road map for federal government to follow after closing student summer job centres
By Lauren Friese and Cassandra Jowett
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2012

Earlier this month, the federal government announced it will not open student summer job centres across the country this year — saving $6.5 million — because students prefer to search for jobs on the Internet.

Instead, the government will beef up its online job portal for youth, says Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development.

Unfortunately, the job portal part of the site was offline for a full two weeks due to a security issue earlier this year. If the online job bank is meant to replace physical job centres for youth, then this is doubly unfortunate given the timing as most summer jobs are posted early in the new year.