Hiring now: Apply for Canada Summer Jobs
by Yasir Naqvi MP Ottawa Centre
Finally, summer is here! I look forward to a summer of meeting with constituents, joining community events, and hosting a few of my own! We all deserve a break after a difficult start to the year and I look forward to connecting with you over the coming weeks.
Throughout the past month, I was pleased to celebrate great news in our community. I joined Parkways for People to participate in the opening of Queen Elizabeth Driveway for active use, seven days a week! As Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, it is my priority to take bold action on climate change, and help make Ottawa a greener capital. I have been working with the National Capital Commission (NCC) to ensure that we have more active transportation in Ottawa. Whether it is Colonel By Drive or Queen Elizabeth Drive, it is my strong belief that one side of the Rideau Canal should be for active use. This summer’s use will help the NCC to obtain the important data needed to assess how we can enhance our parkways and build a greener city. Additionally, from May 13th to October 10th, Weekend Bikedays will be back on Queen Elizabeth Drive. I am actively working with the NCC to seek additional Bikedays on Colonel By Drive as many residents have been advocating for this as well.
I was also pleased to join the Carlington Community Health Centre for the grand opening of their newly renovated facility, which includes 40 affordable homes for seniors through a partnership with Ottawa Community Housing. I had supported their rehabilitation project when I was MPP for Ottawa Centre, and it’s incredible to see the result of their hard work and determination. I look forward to continuing to support innovative projects and programs such as this, that offer inclusive and quality services to residents.
Every summer, youth in our community seek summer jobs. This year, 635 jobs were approved through the Canada Summer Jobs program, right here in Ottawa Centre! The Canada Summer Jobs program offers quality and meaningful work experience for youth and provides them with an opportunity to develop and improve their skills. Organizations like the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, Parkdale Food Centre, and many more, will be able to hire youth aged 15-30 this summer. For more information on how to apply – visit www.jobbank.gc.ca/youth for a full list of employers.
Lastly, we know how challenging the last few months have been for our local businesses, especially in the downtown core following the 24-day illegal occupation. Our government quickly developed a program, the Downtown Business Relief Fund, administered through Invest Ottawa to provide the much-needed support to these businesses. Since then, I am pleased to share that over 500 businesses in our downtown core were able to access this funding. Our government will continue to support businesses and the tourism sector at large to revitalize our downtown core, restore vibrancy, and promote economic growth in the National Capital Region.
A reminder that my community office is located in Hintonburg at 404-1066 Somerset St. West, and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out at 613-946-8682 or via email at Yasir.Naqvi@parl.gc.ca. Enjoy the summer with friends, family, and loved ones, and I hope to meet you soon!