ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is launching a grant program for organizations to hire students to help seniors and other vulnerable people who are isolated during the pandemic.
The Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Department issued a call for proposals from potential employers on Friday.
The program has $300,000 set aside to provide grants of $3,500 covering eight-week positions for high school and post-secondary students at $12 per hour.
The grants cover 30 hours of weekly work and other hiring costs for private sector employers, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities.
Suggested activities include a visiting program that adheres to physical distancing, a delivery program for essentials like food and medication, food bank support and technology support.
Returning post-secondary students and currently enrolled high school students are eligible if they are legally entitled to work in Canada and not immediate relatives of the employer.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2020.
The Canadian Press