"The summer jobs programs helps approximately 35,000 students a year (across the country)," he said, of the initiative that pays the full salary for young people employed at not-for-profit organizations and half of the income for those hired by private business.
In Colchester and Cumberland counties, the program is providing assistance to 132 employers, including for two lifeguard/swimming instructor positions at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC), where the announcement was made.
Armstrong said this year's total dollar value is close to $400,000 within the two counties.
"It's $391,000 that wouldn't be in the economy if this program didn't exist," he said. "That's a lot of money pouring into this area for a short few months in the summer."
Across the province, the program is providing more than $5.3 million to create 1,800 summer jobs within 1,450 projects. On a national scale, it represents $107.5 million and 35,000 jobs.
Adam Kaulback, 19, of Hilden and one of the students hired at the RECC, expressed his gratitude for the program.
"Without this money I wouldn't have the opportunity to work here at the RECC," he said. "I am going to enjoy the summer working here."
RECC manager Matt Moore also expressed his support for the program.
"The Canada Summer Jobs initiative gives employers an opportunity to nurture the full potential of our teens and young adults," he said, in a news release that accompanied the announcement. "By providing our youth the opportunities and support they need to develop into strong, confident and resilient adults we are in fact strengthening our community and shaping the future of our organization."