KENORA – It is never too early to start planning for a summer job. Kenora MP Bob Nault shares that “Summer jobs are key to helping young Canadians gain skills and valuable work experience needed to join the labour market. Employers can now apply to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program until January 25, 2019”.
Following feedback from stakeholders across the country, improvements have been made for CSJ 2019 that will make it easier for 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.
“The prosperity of the North increasingly depends on young Northerners getting the education and experience they’ll need to start their careers,” stated Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding). “The Canada Summer Jobs program is truly one of the best ways to get valuable hands-on experience in a real life work environment.”
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. 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.
Applications by employers for Canada Summer Jobs are being accepted as of December 17, 2018, until January 25, 2019. 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.