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Gov't supports jobs for students

For many years, Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) has been helping local employers create much-needed summer job opportunities for students.   CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses to create summer jobs for full-time students (15 to 30 years old) who intend to return to their studies in the next school year. It helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, while earning money for the upcoming school year.

The employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2015 is now open. Applications are available at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj and must be submitted by January 30, 2015.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada, in partnership with employers, has helped over six million young Canadians receive experience, training, and skills needed for better jobs.

Investing in students benefits our community, economy and society as a whole; it’s a win-win for both students and employers and I strongly encourage employers to apply for funding and give students the opportunity to develop the skills and gain the work experience they need to be successful.

 

Funding for Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC)

Just before the Christmas break, Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Dr. Kellie Leitch paid us a visit to announce funding for Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC).

The Minister also participated in a roundtable with the Women's Leadership Network to seek input on entrepreneurship and the 2015 federal budget.

This valuable feedback builds on discussions from the BC Economic Forum: Women as a Catalyst for Growth, held in Vancouver earlier this year.

Working forums like these are focused on identifying barriers and finding potential solutions that will help women fully participate in the BC economy by increasing the number of women in senior leadership, as entrepreneurs, and through greater participation in the trades and emerging sectors.

The project funding for WEC will provide more opportunities for women from all regions of the province to identify ways in which government, corporations and individuals can reach these goals.

Laurel Douglas, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre, and her team do an excellent job ensuring women retain a strong presence in our local economy and across the province of British Columbia. 

I value the relationships Minister Kellie Leitch and our government have and continue to foster with organizations like Women’s Enterprise Centre.  The input we receive through these partnerships is invaluable and helps support our government’s economic priorities of job creation, growth and long-term prosperity for our community and communities throughout the province of British Columbia.

 

The Honourable Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and welcomes your feedback at [email protected]  Information on local announcements and federal government programs can be found at www.cannan.ca.



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The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and regional government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, mental health, women’s resources, and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

In previous parliamentary sessions Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates, Veteran’s Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine. His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012.

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.
 

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee. He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy. He is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. His hobbies include music and sports.



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