Intake is now open for the Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy program. This annual federal 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. The application deadline is January 25, 2022.
The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is a Canadian government grant that offers support for employers providing supervised career-related work experience for youth employees. The experiences gained through funded placements should further develop their skills and knowledge, preparing them to make a transition into employment.
CSJ is a program under 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 CSJ 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.
The Government of Canada aims to ensure that all CSJ funded job opportunities take place in a safe, inclusive, and healthy work environment free from harassment and discrimination.
Please note that a submitted application is referred to as a project. Activities cannot begin before your project is approved and an agreement has been signed by both the recipient and Service Canada.
To support Service Canada in screening and assessing the eligibility and quality of each project, the Application Form collects information from you such as your organization’s health and safety practices, work environment policies, supervision and mentoring plans, skills development plan, and other details related to both your organization and the proposed job(s). For more details on the information collected through the application process, consult Section 5 – Apply.
How to Submit
You can submit your application(s) in several ways:
- Using an online fillable application
- Using Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS)
- In person
- By mail
It is recommended that you submit your 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.
Review Section 5 – Apply for more detail on each of these application methods.
Please note the following key dates:
- Applications are due by January 25, 2022
- Funding confirmations will be sent to employers starting in April 2022
- The earliest job start date is April 25, 2022
- The latest job start date is July 24, 2022
- The latest job end date is September 3, 2022
- The latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the last Canada Summer Jobs-funded work placement.
Notification of results
Each year, applications for funding exceed the available funding. Due to oversubscription, not all eligible projects are funded and organizations that receive funding may not receive the level of funding requested, the amount of funding received in previous years, or the number of weeks requested. In order to fund quality jobs, Service Canada expects an average funded job duration of 8 weeks and for 35 hours per week.
Funds are distributed among the successful applicants based on the results of Service Canada’s assessment of applications, and from feedback provided by Members of Parliament during their review of the list of projects eligible for funding in each constituency.
Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in April 2022. All eligibility and funding decisions will be confirmed in writing. You can also check the status of your application through GCOS if you applied via GCOS.
Funded employers and youth participants will be asked to complete questionnaires to provide Service Canada with feedback on their CSJ experience. The mandatory employer questionnaire must be completed prior to submitting a payment claim. It is also mandatory for employers to provide the youth participant questionnaire to youth employees funded through the CSJ program, although completion of the youth questionnaire remains voluntary. Both questionnaires will be provided to funded employers during the notification phase.