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Can a Summer Job Fund Education

Before we can even begin to address whether a student with a summer job can fund their education, we first need to be realistic about the very serious issue of youth unemployment. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

  • The 2013 unemployment rate for Ontario youth between the ages of 15 and 24 ranged between 16 and 17.1%, higher than the average Canadian range of 13.5 to 14.5%.
  • Ontario’s monthly youth employment rate – a measure that determines how many young people actually have jobs – fluctuated between 50 to 52%, meaning half of all Ontario youth don’t have jobs.
  • Toronto’s youth unemployment rate is 18.1% and its employment rate is 43.5% – the worst of any region in the province.

Once you look at these statistics you realize that there is a good likelihood that many of our young people won’t have summer jobs. Of the ones that do, can a summer job fund education? “Fees are so high that the concept of paying for a university education with a summer job is now just a myth in Ontario”, said Alastair Woods, chairperson of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students. The number of hours needed to work to pay university tuition in Canada has soared nearly 150% since 1975, according to an analysis from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). It found that students across Canada typically have to work 570 hours at minimum wage to pay a year’s tuition. That’s up from 230 hours in 1975. Ontario is the most expensive province for a university education where it takes 708 hours to pay for a year’s worth of school. In fact Statistics Canada reports that many university students have to work double, triple and in some cases six times the number of hours in minimum-wage jobs to afford tuition costs compared to 40 years ago. These numbers reflect tuition only, not living expenses, books, transportation, etc.

Number Of Work Hours, By Province

This table shows the number of minimum wage work hours required to pay for university tuition, broken down by province.

  1975 2013 Increase (%)
National Average 230 570 148%
Nfld. 227 264 16%
N.S. 308 606 97%
P.E.I. 266 570 114%
N.B. 293 613 109%
Que. 214 266 25%
Ont. 260 708 173%
Man. 183 366 100%
Sask. 196 639 226%
Alta. 174 577 231%
B.C. 175 491 180%

(Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

These statistics may seem daunting, but there are ways that we can save safely and reliably for our children’s educations. Insurance for Children is a company devoted to the financial futures of our children. Our variety of customized insurance products has been used by Canadian parents to save for their children’s futures for over 100 years because they are secure, stable and safe, long term investments. Contact us to find out about Child Plan Education Achiever and how it can help your children follow their dreams and achieve their goals in life.

Sample illustration of Child Plan™ Cash and Insurance Values

Based on a Monthly Deposit of $250 per month

Age Accumulated Cash Value Life Insurance Value
20 $82,568 (Education) $612,728
35 $177,953 (House) $1,115,297
45 $303,299 (Security) $1,115,297
65 $834,276 (Retirement) $1,666,824

Sample illustration is based on a monthly contribution of $8.32 a day/$250 a month for twenty years, starting when the child is less than 1 years old. Cash and life insurance values are based on the current dividend interest rate of 6% from a Canadian life insurance company. This example is strictly for illustrative purposes only, the annual dividend scale is not guaranteed and values may differ.

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