Canada Summer Jobs Program means up to 218 jobs in the Kootenay Columbia

Up to 218 summer jobs are on the way for youth in the Kootenay Columbia.

MP Wayne Stetski has announced close to 775 thousand dollars in federal assistance for 155 projects as part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program, which provides wage subsidies to aid employers in creating quality summer work experiences for youth aged 15-20.

Employers can be not for profit groups, community organizations, public sector employers or small businesses.

The program is also intended to help individuals who are facing barriers to employment to get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

This year, Stetski set local priorities to meet the employment needs of the region, including projects in tourism, the environment, arts and culture, and food security.