Rodger Cuzner

DOMINION: Canada’s prosperity increasingly depends on young Canadians getting the education and experience they’ll need to start their careers.

Summer jobs are key to helping young Canadians gain skills and valuable work experience needed to join the labour market. To create more opportunities, not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private employers with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding from the Government of Canada.

“By hiring a young person, you will be helping young Canadians develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience,” said Cape Breton-Canso MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Rodger Cuzner.

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates quality summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30. Summer jobs are a great way for youth to build their resumes, all while earning a fair wage. They also help organizations fill labour gaps especially during the busy summer months.

Following feedback from stakeholders across the country, improvements have been made for CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for youth to access those quality jobs.

Those improvements include an expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students. Also, eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding. All positions will be posted on: jobbank.gc.ca and on the app, to get the word out and help match young people with employers and good quality jobs.

Each year the national priorities for CSJ evolve to reflect Canada’s diverse population and changing needs. This year’s national CSJ priorities support organizations that provide services to, and intend to hire, youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or who have additional barriers to participate in the labour market. They also support opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades. There are opportunities for youth in rural areas and remote communities, and Official Language Minority Communities. Small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to job creation will be involved as well as organizations that deliver supports or services to seniors.

“Canada’s young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today,” said Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “That’s why our government is focused on ensuring more young Canadians get the skills and training they need to succeed and Canada Summer Jobs is an incredibly important program for helping young people achieve this. Providing students with opportunities for paid, meaningful work experience, helps ensure they have a fair shot at success.”

Not-for-profit employers can receive 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public-sector employers and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada can receive 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Applications by employers for Canada Summer Jobs are being accepted until January 25. Employers can now open an account on the Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, allowing them to take their time with the application, track it once it has been submitted and get quicker feedback from Service Canada.

For more information and to apply, please visit: Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs or a Service Canada Centre.