Mr. Geng Tan (Don Valley North, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, these past few months I had the great opportunity to visit many students and employers in my riding of Don Valley North through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
Even though Summer has come to an end and students are back in the classroom, young Canadians across the country are continuing to look for ways to put their skills to use and learn new ones in the workplace.
Could the minister update the House on other ways we are supporting students gain skills and work experience throughout the school year?
Hon. Patty Hajdu (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Don Valley North for his incredible advocacy for young people in his riding and all across Canada.
As a former nuclear chemist, he knows that Canada’s prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the skills and the experience that they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
We have listened to students and to post-secondary institutions, and that is why we are creating up to 60,000 new paid student work placements over the next five years. That is 60,000 more work experiences that will put our young people on the path to success.