The January 25th deadline is fast approaching, and the influx of applications is lower than previous years
NICKEL BELT/GREATER SUDBURY – Canada’s prosperity increasingly depends on young Canadians getting the education and experience they’ll need to start their careers. That’s why this year’s Canada Summer Jobs program has improved and is more inclusive than ever by offering summer job opportunities to all youth, not just students, aged 15 to 30.
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.
The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates quality summer job opportunities and valuable work experience, which is 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 enabling employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for youth to access those quality jobs:
• Fewer barriers to good quality jobs: expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
• Updated eligibility criteria: eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding
• Better job matching: 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.
Not-for-profit employers can receive 100 percent 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 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.
The January 25th deadline is imminent, be sure to apply without further ado. 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.
• Canada Summer Jobs is under the umbrella of the Youth Employment Strategy which is the Government of Canada’s interdepartmental initiative that seeks to help young people (15 to 30) gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain quality employment.
• Budget 2018 provided $448.5 million over five years to the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). In addition to funding the modernization of the YES, this additional funding is supporting the continued doubling of the program budget for 2019. Funding in future years will support a modernized Youth Employment Strategy, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.
• Budget 2016 provided $339 million for 2016, 2017 and 2018 which doubled the program’s base budget of $107.5M to allow the program to create up to 70,000 jobs per year under CSJ, nearly doubling the number of jobs created prior to since 2015.