Employers encouraged to apply for funding for summer studentsDeadline for applications Feb. 2801/06/2011|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/01/2011 Employers interested in hiring summer students, with some help from government, have until Feb. 28 to submit applications. The federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs program will provide funding to not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students and intend to return to their studies in the next school year. "The economy remains our government's top priority," said Jean-Pierre Blackburn, minister of veterans affairs (who spoke on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development). "That's why we are creating thousands of new jobs for young Canadians, so they can find employment and gain the skills and experience they need to succeed. Our government's investment in the Canada Summer Jobs program will create as many as 3,500 additional jobs for students next summer, strengthening the local economies of communities right across Canada." The total budget for Canada Summer Jobs will be distributed across the 308 federal constituencies, with MPs providing input to determine specific priorities in their communities. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.