SUDBURY -- The federal government is providing $2 million to employers in the Sudbury area, Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre said in a news release Thursday.

In all, 139 local employers have been approved for funding to create 586 summer jobs in the city this summer. These opportunities are available to young people right now at this website

Under the wage subsidy, private- and public-sector employers can receive up to 75 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee. Not-for-profit organizations will continue to receive 100 per cent.

“This past year, young people all over Canada have been navigating a very challenging path due to the COVID-19 crisis, including youth in Sudbury,” Lefebvre said in the release.

“Right now, many young people in northern Ontario are looking for safe and secure job opportunities. With this record-setting number of job opportunities, the Canada Summer Jobs program will be there to help youth earn money, grow professionally and move forward in their lives.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is giving employers the flexibilities to hire youth to work on a full-time or part-time basis, as well as beyond the summer months, with some placements extending to February 2022.

 “I strongly encourage young people in northern Ontario who are looking for work to go to Job Bank and check out the Canada Summer Jobs opportunities available for them in our community,” Lefebvre said.

Through Budget 2021, the federal government is proposing to spend an additional $5.7 billion over the next five years to help young Canadians pursue and complete their education, acquire new skills and access more work opportunities. This is on top of the $7.4 billion already invested in young Canadians during the pandemic.