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Want to hire a summer student? Ottawa extends Canada Summer Jobs program deadline

February 24, 2020
By Talent Canada Staff

Ottawa has extended the deadline for applications under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program to Feb. 28, 2020.

The program is designed to give tens of thousands of young Canadians the opportunity to gain skills and valuable work experience — and help them start meaningful careers, the federal government said.

“Young Canadians are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That’s why our government is focused on ensuring they get the skills and training they need to succeed, while helping businesses during the busy summer months,” said Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. “Canada Summer Jobs is an incredibly important program for helping young people achieve this. Providing youth with opportunities for paid, meaningful work experience helps ensure they are equipped for the jobs of the future.”
CSJ welcomes applicants from small business, not-for-profit organizations and public-sector employers that provide “quality summer jobs for youth,” it said in a press release.

Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire youth as early as May 2020. For more information and to apply for funding, please visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs or visit a Service Canada Centre.


Quick facts about CSJ

  • Each year, the national priorities for CSJ are updated to reflect Canada’s diverse population and evolving needs. This year’s national CSJ priorities support:
    • organizations that provide services to or intend to hire youth who self-identify as being part of under‑represented groups or as having additional barriers to entering or staying in the labour market;
    • opportunities offered by organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities or intend to hire youth with disabilities;
    • opportunities for youth in rural areas, remote communities or official language minority communities;
    • opportunities offered by organizations that focus on protecting and conserving the environment; and
    • opportunities for youth to work in small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs.
  • Not-for-profit employers can receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers and can receive funding for up to 50 per cent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.
  • CSJ is an initiative of Ottawa’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which was recently modernized to support youth, particularly those facing barriers, to transition to the labour market.

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