Petrolia gets federal grants for summer jobs

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Nine students will be hired at the Town of Petrolia this summer.

The town received a $12,386 grant from the Canada Summer Job Fund. Dave Menzies, director of community services, says under the program the town pays 50 percent of the wages. That money was set aside in the budget.

Menzies told council Monday the town had asked for $27,000 from the program “knowing we’d get about 50 percent less.

“This is par for the course for the last few years,” he says adding the town will hire about the same number of summer students this year as last.

The jobs vary from camp councilors to cemetery workers. Applications for the jobs will be accepted until May 12.