Dewar Announces Youth Opportunities Strategy
December 15th, 2011
“Your Canada Year” will provide experience and education grantsOTTAWA – New Democrat Leadership candidate Paul Dewar today released a strategy to engage young Canadians in communities at home and around the world while offering them tools to get valuable work experience and an affordable education. Dewar's 'Your Canada Year' will provide 10,000 youth with a grant for training or post secondary education in exchange for one year of service with a non-profit organization.
“Here’s the idea: you invest a year to build a stronger, more caring Canada and in return Canada invests in your future," said Dewar. "Young people need experience, and non-profits need the creative energy and new ideas that today's generation brings. It's a win-win."
Under the program Canadians between ages 17 and 25 will be eligible to volunteer in Canada or overseas. In exchange they'll receive a maximum of $1,500/month to help cover expenses during their service and a grant of up to $6,000 for one year of post-secondary education or training afterwards.
“The volunteer work I did in Nicaragua had a profound impact on my life and shaped who I am and what I do today. I think every young person who wants to volunteer, should have that chance,” said Dewar.
In addition to Your Canada Year, Dewar’s Youth Opportunities strategy includes:
- providing immediate relief to anyone with student debt by reducing interest in student loans to prime rate, saving an average student in Ontario $2,700 over the life of the loan;
- reducing tuition fees for post secondary education and training by an average of $700/year per student; and
- increasing federal grants for post-secondary education and training by $200 million/year, targeting low-income, disabled and Aboriginal students
Dewar’s commitment to create jobs and opportunity for young Canadians is an estimated federal investment of $1.3 billion per year.
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