Each year, the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program helps employers create valuable summer job opportunities for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years old, while strengthening local economies and communities across Canada.
CSJ provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.
Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage as well as employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage. You could benefit from funding from the Government of Canada to help a student and help your business.
This year, the CSJ program will focus on the following local priorities:
- Special events including summer festivals, community celebrations, agricultural fairs, and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation;
- Areas that do not have many summer jobs and those that experience high seasonal summer populations; and
- Sectors including agriculture, tourism, volunteer, arts and culture, history, municipalities, and the skilled trades.
Employers are encouraged to come forward with applications that support and complement a number of national priorities. These include:
- small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of new jobs;
- employers involved in the welcome and settlement of immigrants (including Syrian refugees) in Canada;
- employers that hire Indigenous people;
- opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information, and Communications Technology (ICT); and
- employers involved in activities celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
I encourage you to take advantage of this great program and apply for funding for students that you require to help you. If you aren’t directly involved in a not-for-profit organization or small business, please share this information with those in your network who could benefit from this program.
This year, applications are being accepted online from December 7, 2016 until January 20, 2017, with students starting their jobs as early as April 2017.
For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit the Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs, a Service Canada Office or by calling 1-800-935-5555.