N.B. government cuts funding to summer job program for students

Opposition parties say cuts to New Brunswick's SEED program is an attack on students.

The province's Tory government has slashed funding to the program by approximately $4 million.

As a result, the of students who will benefit from the program will fall from 2,000 last summer to around 1,400 this summer.

The duration of job placements is expected to fall from 14 weeks to 12 for university students and eight weeks from nine weeks for college and high school students.

Campbellton-Dalhousie Liberal MLA Guy Arseneault says he's also concerned for municipalities and non-profit groups who rely on SEED-funding jobs for their summer activities.

But Post-Secondary Education Minister Trevor Holder says his government is just restoring funding to where it was before the Liberals increased it ahead of the last provincial election.

Holder adds there's less of a demand for the program due to worker shortages across the province.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)