Liberals unveil strategy to create jobs for young Canadians in Brampton
Brampton/ September 15, 2015 – A Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau will invest in young Canadians entering the workforce, helping them acquire the skills and experience to gain meaningful employment and contribute to the local economy, said Brampton’s Liberal candidates Ruby Sahota and Kamal Khera in two separate press releases. Kamal Khera is the candidate from Brampton West and Ruby Sahota from Brampton North.
“Over the last ten years under Stephen Harper, people in Brampton – and right across the country – are struggling to make ends meet. This couldn’t be truer of young workers trying desperately to break into the job market,” said Ms Khera. Kamal Khera is one of the strongest liberal candidates in Brampton.
“You don’t have to look far to find stories of bright young local kids going off to college or university, being unable to find work, and having to move home. Thousands of young Canadians are unemployed or underemployed, and jobs are so hard to come by that many young people have stopped looking altogether. Liberals have a plan to invest in our shared future by creating jobs and opportunities for young Canadians.” said Ms Sahota. Ruby Sahota is challenging sitting Conservative MP Parm Gill in a three way fight. Martin Singh is the NDP candidate in the riding.
Highlighting some main components of the plan, the press release says that a Liberal government will invest $1.3 billion over three years – 13 times more than the NDP. The plan will create 40,000 youth jobs each year for the next three years through a new, annual investment of $300 million in a renewed Youth Employment Strategy. It will also create 5,000 new green jobs for youth, as part of the renewed Youth Employment Strategy, by hiring more guides, interpreters, and other staff at Parks Canada, as well as partnering with environmental organizations to create programs that help young people tackle environmental challenges while gaining valuable work experience.
Elaborating further on the plan the press release says that new Liberal government will invest $40 million annually to help employers create new co-op placements for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business students and it will restore a modernized Youth Service Program, providing $25 million per year to help young Canadians gain valuable work and life experience while travelling the country, participating in community building projects.
“Unfortunately, the shortage of good jobs for young people has become commonplace under this Conservative government. There are 170,000 fewer young people in the workforce now than before the 2008 recession. Parents are feeling the crunch, and are forced to dip into their savings to support their kids,” said Ms Sahota.
“We can and must do more to help young people enter the workforce and launch their careers. Liberals fundamentally believe that all Canadians deserve a real and fair chance at success, and we’re committed to helping young people in communities just like Brampton.”