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April 8, 2020


Today the Federal Government announced new details a subsidy for hiring summer students.  

Canada Summer Jobs Program


The following changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program have been announced.  The Canada Summer Jobs Program provides wage subsidies to employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees to hire youth aged 15-30.  These are temporary changes for this year.

  • an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee (up from 50%)

  • an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021 (from August 28, 2020)

  • allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services

  • allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.


The Canada Summer Jobs program requires employers to apply and meet certain criteria to be approved.  Under the current guide, the following are the assessment criteria to qualify for the subsidy (note that not all criteria need to be met to qualify):

Provide quality work experiences for youth

  • The job(s) provides a salary above the provincial or territorial minimum wage.

  • The employer intends to retain the youth as an employee following the end of the Canada Summer Jobs agreement.

  • The youth will be supervised.

Provide youth with opportunity to develop and improve their skills

  • The youth will be mentored.

  • The employer identifies the skills that will be developed and demonstrate how the youth will develop them.

    • Client service

    • Teamwork

    • Communication

    • Digital Skills

    • Leadership

National Priorities

  • Additional points will be awarded to employers who offer services to youth with disabilities or who express an intention to hire youth with disabilities.

  • Additional points will be awarded to employers who offer jobs located in geographically disadvantaged areas, including rural and remote communities.

  • Additional points will also be awarded to employers who commit to employ members of the Official Language Minority in their area, or who offer services or supports to these communities.

  • Additional points will be awarded to employers who offer jobs in sectors and industries that are linked to protecting and conserving the environment and helping the transition to a low carbon emission economy.

  • Additional points will be awarded to small businesses of 50 or fewer fulltime employees.


Local Priorities

  • Local priorities are established for each constituency by Members of Parliament throughout the country taking into account local labour market information, including sectors experiencing labour shortages.

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