Study argues Alberta 'short-changed' by Canada Summer Jobs funding allocation

Sammy Hudes

September 2, 2019

-Calgary Herald

Alberta is getting the short end of the stick when it comes to federal grant money allocated from the Canada Summer Jobs program, a recent study published by a conservative think-tank argues.

The paper analyzed Statistics Canada data, as well as information from Employment and Social Deployment Canada, which showed regional disparities in the distribution of $200 million in subsidies for student summer jobs.

Commissioned by the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the study was co-authored by David Murrell, a University of New Brunswick honorary research professor who has taught public finance and regional economic development and policy, along with Alan Chan, an associate professor of business administration and economics at Moncton’s Crandall University.

Alberta, they found, received less grant money through the program per unemployed student than the national average from 2016 to 2018, despite recent job losses in the province.

So, too, did Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, while provinces such as New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador received double to triple the national average.