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Federal government announces $100,000 to help Whistler youth get summer jobs

WORCA to hire three youths thanks to funding



Any organizations and businesses that hire young workers in Whistler are getting a hand from the federal government with their payroll.

Over $100,000 in funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program has been allocated to help pay employees aged 15 to 30 years old who are full-time students.

The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) plans on using $17,000 to hire three young workers.

The money will "enable us to do more trail maintenance," said the association's president, Craig Mackenzie.

"It's great that the community benefits, and it's also great for the kids. They get a job and they can save for their education. It's a win all around."

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, was in Whistler July 6 to make the announcement.

"We need to ensure that young people get the education and experience that's going to allow them to find and keep good jobs," she said.

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the federal government's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). The Liberals have invested more than $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and keep good, well-paying jobs.

In March, Budget 2017 proposed an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017-18.

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