Canada Summer Jobs Program

By mmuise

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is:
- up to 100% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage for not-for-profit employers. In addition, they are eligible for reimbursement of associated Mandatory Employment Related Costs.
- up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for public and private sector employers.

The CSJ funding request may be for less than the minimum wage as long as provincial or territorial legislation permits you to do so.
Public or private sector employer are not eligible for reimbursement of MERCs.

Deadline: January 10, 2024

Employers/ applicants must be:

  • not-for-profit employers, including:
    a) Community, charitable or voluntary organizations, including faith-based organizations (for example, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques);
    b) Associations of workers or employers as well as professional and industrial organizations;
    c) Indigenous not-for-profit organizations;
    d) Non-governmental organizations;
    e) Unions;
    f) Sector councils; and,
    g) Not-for-profit Band Councils.
  • public sector employers, including: public health and public educational institutions, municipal governments and other organizations under public ownership, including:
    a) public community colleges and vocational schools;
    b) public health, including: public hospitals, nursing homes, senior citizen homes, rehabilitation homes, and public libraries;
    c) public degree-granting universities and colleges;
    d) municipal governments and agencies, including regional legislative bodies and departments;
    e) school boards and elementary and secondary institutions; and,
    f) territorial governments.
  • private sector employers that have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada. Private sector entities are established in order to generate a profit or to provide an economic advantage to their proprietors, members or shareholders. This category includes:
    a) bodies, incorporated or unincorporated, including partnerships and sole proprietorships;
    b) financial Institutions;
    c) business, incorporated or unincorporated bodies, which include i) federal Crown corporations operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes as indicated in Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act; ii) provincial and territorial Crown corporations recognized as operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes; iii) private health and educational institutions; and, iiii) independent owners of franchises (franchise operators are eligible if there are 50 or fewer full-time employees working full-time in the franchise owner’s operations across Canada, regardless of the number of business numbers involved);
    d) Indian Band corporations;
    e) Private Band Councils; and,
    f) private universities or colleges.

    Ineligible employers:
  • Members of the House of Commons and the Senate;
  • Federal Government Departments and Agencies;
  • Provincial Departments and Agencies; and,
  • Organizations that engage in partisan political activities.

    Youth applicants must:
  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
Application Steps:

1. Applicants must submit their applications in several ways: using an online fillable application; using Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS); in person; and, by mail.

2. It is recommended that they submit their application electronically using the online fillable application or GCOS as the ability to submit an application in person or by mail could be impacted by office closures related to COVID-19. Applications received by fax or by email will not be considered.

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

Date modified: 2022-08-23

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