Changes to Canada’s Summer Jobs program to support students and business during COVID-19

The Government of Canada has been working to develop new programs to support businesses, including a temporary update to the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

What is Canada Summer Jobs?

Canada Summer Jobs is a program developed by Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, with a goal of providing a framework for young Canadians, aged 15 to 30 years, to develop skills while gaining paid work experience.

How much will this cover?

For this program year only, the program can provide wage subsidy to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

(In previous years, public and private sector employers were eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.)

What has changed with COVID-19?

Although the call for applications by organizations for the 2020 season closed on February 28, 2020, the Department will be working with Members of Parliament to identify organizations that provide essential services in the community, and can provide youth jobs.

As well, the following changes have been made:

  • Employers can adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services.
  • Employers can hire staff on a part-time basis.

When does this program start?

Job placements could begin as early as May 11, 2020, and end as late as February 28, 2021.

How can my organization enroll?

Currently, applications are closed, but details will be released shortly, however, it may be prudent to create an account on Access Grants and Contributions Online Services to streamline your enrollment process.

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