Justin Trudeau marks 100th day in office with surprise visit to Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

News Feb 12, 2016 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

The prime minister of Canada paid a visit to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Friday morning, much to the surprise of its staff and members.

Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Dupont and Dufferin streets-area clubhouse was shrouded in secrecy until just hours before his arrival. The country’s chief executive took a few minutes to chat with members and senior students from nearby St. Mary’s Catholic School before beating them at a game of foosball.

While it was all in good fun, Trudeau chose the local boys and girls club to make a funding announcement on what marked his government’s 100th day in office.

“I’m very happy to announce today yet another example of the kind of real change we’re bringing to Canadians,” Trudeau told his audience that had gathered in the club’s gymnasium, Feb. 12. “I’m pleased to be here this morning at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club to announce that our government is creating over 34,000 summer jobs for students this year. Through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we’re investing up to $113 million more to help more youth get invaluable work experience.”

This is in addition to the 34,000 summer jobs created last year. This means that employers will be able to hire nearly 70,000 students, Trudeau added.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees in an effort to help create summer job opportunities for students. The Liberal government, Trudeau said, will continue to provide this funding for the next three years.

“That’s what we have to understand about empowering young people – yes, we’re building a stronger future for them, but we’re also building a stronger present for everyone they work for, with their experience and hard work,” he said. “That’s why investing in young people is important and why our government is more focused than any other government in Canada has been on building opportunities for youth.”

The funding will be distributed to the country’s 338 constituencies on the basis of the most recent labour force survey and the census. Those with a higher level of unemployed students will receive a greater allocation of funds than those with lower student unemployment rates. Not-for-profit organizations could be eligible for up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage and up to 100 per cent of mandatory employment-related costs. Public and private sector employers are eligible for up to 50 per cent of the minimum wage.

“We know summer jobs are critical for helping young people get the experience they need to start their careers, to pay for their studies and build self-reliance,” Trudeau said. “By investing in young Canadians, we’re investing in all of Canada.”

Davenport MP Julie Dzerowicz welcomed her boss to her riding and especially to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, an organization she pointed out has been operating since 1957.

“Take it from me, this is a special place. It’s a place that gives families, kids and youth a space where they can come together to build relationships, gain confidence, and embark on new experiences,” she said. “These experiences give them the skills they need to reach their full potential in life.”

Dzerowicz shared her favourite Trudeau quote: ‘If we do not give everyone the chance to succeed, we do not live up to the potential of Canada.’

“This fits perfectly with the vision and raison d’etre of the boys and girls club in Davenport and that is to create a space to ensure that all children are healthy, successful and active participants in society so that they can discover and achieve their dreams and their potential,” the local MP said.

Dianne Jocson, a Grade 12 student at St. Mary’s, told The Villager she had no idea she would be meeting the prime minster, an experience she called, “pretty cool.”

To find out more about Canada Summer Jobs Program, visit servicecanada.gc.ca/csj

Justin Trudeau marks 100th day in office with surprise visit to Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

Prime minister unveils new funding for Canada Summer Jobs Program

News Feb 12, 2016 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

The prime minister of Canada paid a visit to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Friday morning, much to the surprise of its staff and members.

Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Dupont and Dufferin streets-area clubhouse was shrouded in secrecy until just hours before his arrival. The country’s chief executive took a few minutes to chat with members and senior students from nearby St. Mary’s Catholic School before beating them at a game of foosball.

While it was all in good fun, Trudeau chose the local boys and girls club to make a funding announcement on what marked his government’s 100th day in office.

“I’m very happy to announce today yet another example of the kind of real change we’re bringing to Canadians,” Trudeau told his audience that had gathered in the club’s gymnasium, Feb. 12. “I’m pleased to be here this morning at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club to announce that our government is creating over 34,000 summer jobs for students this year. Through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we’re investing up to $113 million more to help more youth get invaluable work experience.”

This is in addition to the 34,000 summer jobs created last year. This means that employers will be able to hire nearly 70,000 students, Trudeau added.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees in an effort to help create summer job opportunities for students. The Liberal government, Trudeau said, will continue to provide this funding for the next three years.

“That’s what we have to understand about empowering young people – yes, we’re building a stronger future for them, but we’re also building a stronger present for everyone they work for, with their experience and hard work,” he said. “That’s why investing in young people is important and why our government is more focused than any other government in Canada has been on building opportunities for youth.”

The funding will be distributed to the country’s 338 constituencies on the basis of the most recent labour force survey and the census. Those with a higher level of unemployed students will receive a greater allocation of funds than those with lower student unemployment rates. Not-for-profit organizations could be eligible for up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage and up to 100 per cent of mandatory employment-related costs. Public and private sector employers are eligible for up to 50 per cent of the minimum wage.

“We know summer jobs are critical for helping young people get the experience they need to start their careers, to pay for their studies and build self-reliance,” Trudeau said. “By investing in young Canadians, we’re investing in all of Canada.”

Davenport MP Julie Dzerowicz welcomed her boss to her riding and especially to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, an organization she pointed out has been operating since 1957.

“Take it from me, this is a special place. It’s a place that gives families, kids and youth a space where they can come together to build relationships, gain confidence, and embark on new experiences,” she said. “These experiences give them the skills they need to reach their full potential in life.”

Dzerowicz shared her favourite Trudeau quote: ‘If we do not give everyone the chance to succeed, we do not live up to the potential of Canada.’

“This fits perfectly with the vision and raison d’etre of the boys and girls club in Davenport and that is to create a space to ensure that all children are healthy, successful and active participants in society so that they can discover and achieve their dreams and their potential,” the local MP said.

Dianne Jocson, a Grade 12 student at St. Mary’s, told The Villager she had no idea she would be meeting the prime minster, an experience she called, “pretty cool.”

To find out more about Canada Summer Jobs Program, visit servicecanada.gc.ca/csj

Justin Trudeau marks 100th day in office with surprise visit to Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

Prime minister unveils new funding for Canada Summer Jobs Program

News Feb 12, 2016 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

The prime minister of Canada paid a visit to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Friday morning, much to the surprise of its staff and members.

Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Dupont and Dufferin streets-area clubhouse was shrouded in secrecy until just hours before his arrival. The country’s chief executive took a few minutes to chat with members and senior students from nearby St. Mary’s Catholic School before beating them at a game of foosball.

While it was all in good fun, Trudeau chose the local boys and girls club to make a funding announcement on what marked his government’s 100th day in office.

“I’m very happy to announce today yet another example of the kind of real change we’re bringing to Canadians,” Trudeau told his audience that had gathered in the club’s gymnasium, Feb. 12. “I’m pleased to be here this morning at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club to announce that our government is creating over 34,000 summer jobs for students this year. Through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we’re investing up to $113 million more to help more youth get invaluable work experience.”

This is in addition to the 34,000 summer jobs created last year. This means that employers will be able to hire nearly 70,000 students, Trudeau added.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees in an effort to help create summer job opportunities for students. The Liberal government, Trudeau said, will continue to provide this funding for the next three years.

“That’s what we have to understand about empowering young people – yes, we’re building a stronger future for them, but we’re also building a stronger present for everyone they work for, with their experience and hard work,” he said. “That’s why investing in young people is important and why our government is more focused than any other government in Canada has been on building opportunities for youth.”

The funding will be distributed to the country’s 338 constituencies on the basis of the most recent labour force survey and the census. Those with a higher level of unemployed students will receive a greater allocation of funds than those with lower student unemployment rates. Not-for-profit organizations could be eligible for up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage and up to 100 per cent of mandatory employment-related costs. Public and private sector employers are eligible for up to 50 per cent of the minimum wage.

“We know summer jobs are critical for helping young people get the experience they need to start their careers, to pay for their studies and build self-reliance,” Trudeau said. “By investing in young Canadians, we’re investing in all of Canada.”

Davenport MP Julie Dzerowicz welcomed her boss to her riding and especially to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, an organization she pointed out has been operating since 1957.

“Take it from me, this is a special place. It’s a place that gives families, kids and youth a space where they can come together to build relationships, gain confidence, and embark on new experiences,” she said. “These experiences give them the skills they need to reach their full potential in life.”

Dzerowicz shared her favourite Trudeau quote: ‘If we do not give everyone the chance to succeed, we do not live up to the potential of Canada.’

“This fits perfectly with the vision and raison d’etre of the boys and girls club in Davenport and that is to create a space to ensure that all children are healthy, successful and active participants in society so that they can discover and achieve their dreams and their potential,” the local MP said.

Dianne Jocson, a Grade 12 student at St. Mary’s, told The Villager she had no idea she would be meeting the prime minster, an experience she called, “pretty cool.”

To find out more about Canada Summer Jobs Program, visit servicecanada.gc.ca/csj