Minister Jim Rondeau

Minister Jim Rondeau

Applications are now available for grants to hire youth for summer jobs in Manitoba through provincial Green Team programs, Healthy Living, Seniors and Youth Minister Jim Rondeau announced today. 

“Many young Manitobans rely on summer jobs to help them pay for their post-secondary education,” said Rondeau. “Through the successful Hometown and Urban Green Team programs, rural municipal governments and not-for-profit organizations in Manitoba are able to create jobs that help students learn valuable career skills while contributing to worthwhile community projects.” 

Funding for the Hometown Green Team program is available for the not-for-profit sector and municipal governments in rural Manitoba, while the Urban Green Team program is available to not-for-profit groups in Winnipeg. Organizations can hire up to four youth between May 1 and Aug. 31. The application deadline for jobs that begin in May is Feb. 16, while the deadline for jobs that begin after June 14 is April 6. 

The Green Team programs were introduced to create employment opportunities for youth aged 16 to 24. Participating employers provide a wide range of community development opportunities that improve neighbourhoods, promote community involvement and help develop young leaders. Since 2000, more than 11,000 jobs have been supported by the grants throughout the province. 

Jobs for summer employees can include projects that support recreation, housing rehabilitation and neighbourhood safety, as well as park and riverbank cleanups and public education programs on a variety of community development projects. 

More information and applications for interested sponsors can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/opportunities/summer,careers.html or by calling  945-3556 in Winnipeg and 1-800-282-8069, ext. 3556 (toll-free).