Send veterans a valentine

Canada Summer Jobs Deadline and Recognition for Veterans

Employers considering using the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) have until Jan. 25 to apply.

Following feedback from stakeholders last year, the government has also made the process easier.

Everything can be submitted online through the Government Grants and Contributions Online Service where employers can complete the application at their leisure and track its status once it has been submitted.

The government has also expanded eligibility to:

  • include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students
  • updated the eligibility criteria to set out more clearly what is and isn’t eligible for funding;
  • ensured better job matching by posting all positions on jobbank.gc.ca and the app to help match young people with employers.

CSJ funding is available for not-for-profit organizations and public and private sector employers with 50 or fewer employees. 

Non-profit organizations can receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage, as well as employment-related costs, while public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to
50 per cent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

In the last three years, with additional funding, our government has worked with local employers to double the number of CSJ jobs available in Kelowna-Lake Country.  

As many of you have expressed, it is a mutually beneficial experience, and I hope you will once again choose to participate to help our young people gain the skills and the confidence needed to find meaningful employment in today’s labour force.

More information on CSJ can be found at Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs, or by calling 1-800-935-5555.


As we welcome our new minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould, our government’s work to support Veterans continues.

Responding to a call for action by Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and the Veterans Ombudsman, our government has introduced the Veteran’s Service Card, which will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who completed basic training and have been honorably released.

The new Veteran’s Service Card provides a tangible symbol of recognition for former members, encouraging an enduring affiliation with the CAF and ensuring linkages to VAC support programs as members transition to post-service life.

The new Veteran’s Service Card will be distributed in stages depending on when veterans were released from the Canadian Armed Forces.

More information can be found at canada.ca/veterans-service-card

Once again, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is inviting Canadian schools, individuals and organizations to show their appreciation for Canadian Veterans by making valentines for Vets.

This program began in 1989 when columnist Ann Landers encouraged her readers to send valentines to veterans.

Since 1996, VAC has distributed the hand-made valentines to veterans in long-term care facilities across the country in recognition of the enduring service our veterans have provided to our country. 

More information on ways to participate in this program can be found at veterans.gc.ca.

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About the Author

Stephen Fuhr was born in Edmonton, AB and grew up in Kamloops, BC. He is a former CF-18 fighter pilot with the Canadian Air Force.

After serving with distinction for 20 years, Stephen retired from the Canadian Forces in 2009 with the rank of Major. He joined his family’s Kelowna-based company, SkyTrac Systems, which develops aviation communication and tracking equipment. As CEO and Director of Business Development, he led the company to financial success in a challenging economic climate.

In 2012, Stephen left the company to pursue his first love of flying.

With growing interest in politics and a desire to serve his country again, Stephen ran for office in the 2015 election.

Today, he proudly serves as the Member of Parliament for the Kelowna-Lake Country riding. 

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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