Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.
The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:
- provide quality work experiences for youth
- respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers
- provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills
The 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.
The applications period opened on December 21, 2020 and remains open to January 29, 2021. Applications are submitted online.
Youth is the target audience for these government-supported jobs. Youth is defined as ages 15 to 30 years.
Side note: we are using this program with the hopes of hiring women in STEM for an entry level position and introduce them to web design.
Helping small businesses during COVID:
Last year, in response to the COVID-19 situation, flexibilities were introduced to respond to the needs of employers and youth. As a response to the ongoing pandemic, similar (but not identical) temporary flexibility will be applied this year to help small businesses operate. These include:
- a wage subsidy, so that private and public-sector employers can receive up to 75 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee (not-for-profit organizations will continue to receive 100 percent); note in 2020 the coverage was 100 percent for small business as well as non-profits, so this year more strength is sought in the businesses and organizations that apply;
- an extension to the end date for employment to February 26, 2022;
- allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.
The deadline is coming soon: January 29th, 2021.
To apply, go to the Government of Canada website.