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Minister of State Wong Seeks Canadians' Ideas on Creating Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Richmond, today hosted one of a series of cross-country pre-budget roundtable discussions. The purpose of these consultations is to listen to Canadians and hear their views on how Canada can create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. This formal process comes after months of meetings with Canadians about what matters to them and their families.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver launched these consultations November 27 with a clear message. First, the Government will not engage in reckless new spending or new taxes that will lead Canada down a path of fiscal deficits and economic decline. Second, the Government will remain focused on creating jobs and growth.

All Canadians will be able to participate through online consultations. The Government is seeking the input of Canadians on five key questions that can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.fin.gc.ca/news-nouvelles/nr-nc/2014/prebudget-prebudgetaire-eng.asp.

Government of Canada supports summer jobs for youth 2015

Today, Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced employers can now begin applying for funding under Canada Summer Jobs 2015. The funding will create thousands of job opportunities for students across the country.

Funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to hire qualified young people aged 15 to 30, who are full-time students intending to return to school in the fall. It is estimated that up to 35,000 young Canadians will benefit from summer employment through Canada Summer Jobs 2015, while helping employers address skills shortages.

Canada adds 43,100 jobs in October 2014

Canada’s latest labour-market survey says the economy generated 43,100 net new jobs in October and dropped the unemployment rate to 6.5 per cent, its lowest level since November 2008.

The Statistics Canada report Friday found the jobless rate fell 0.3 percentage points in October, compared with the previous month.The gain followed an increase of 74,100 jobs for September and was the first time since December 2012 the roller-coaster jobs report recorded two consecutive months of employment growth, the agency said.