Hire young talent and get a wage subsidy through Canada Summer Jobs
Are you a small business owner or running a not-for-profit?
Do you need some extra boots on the ground during the summer of 2017 – Canada’s 150th anniversary year? Why not join thousands of other employers and hire a summer student with the help of funding from the Government of Canada.
The Government of Canada is now accepting applications from employers. From December 7, 2016 to February 3, 2017 (extended from January 20, 2017) employers across the country can apply for federal government funding to hire young Canadians for next summer, with students starting their jobs as early as April 2017.
Public-sector employers and small businesses, with 50 or fewer employees, can receive up to 50 percent of the minimum hourly wage. Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 percent, as well as employment-related costs.
As your Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, I know that our youth are leaders today and an important and influential voice within our society. They deserve every opportunity to succeed, and I’m proud to play a role by supporting our local Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program.
As an employer in the CSJ program, you will be boosting your local economy by adding jobs, and providing these young people with the tangible experience they need to start their careers.
Hiring a student brings new life, energy and ideas into an organization.
France Dubois, Executive Director of the S.P.C.A. de l’Outaouais, recently shared her experience with the CSJ program:
“The Canada Summer Jobs program helped the SPCA in a number of ways. Financially of course, because we are a not-for-profit organization, so this financial boost always helps us by way of resources that are essentially subsidized. And of course, in terms of the skills that the students bring from their studies…. we learn as much from them as they can learn from us here at the SPCA.”
Providing good quality jobs doesn’t just help our small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. It also supports our local priorities and community development. Canada Summer Jobs 2017 will focus on applications which complement five national priorities, including support for:
- employers involved in the welcoming and settlement of immigrants (including Syrian refugees) in Canada;
- employers that hire Indigenous people;
- employers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors;
- employers involved in activities celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation; and
- small businesses working to become more innovative, competitive and successful, in recognition of their key contribution to the creation of new jobs.
In the past, funding from CSJ has gone to projects that vary in diversity from camp counselling for kids with medical, physical and cognitive conditions, to library-sponsored reading programs.
Applying is easy. Employers can submit their application online at Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs from now until February 3, 2017 (extended from January 20, 2017).
The Canada Summer Jobs program has funded thousands of employers and created hundreds of thousands of student jobs. Summer 2017 is your chance to help your small business, public sector or not-for-profit organization thrive by employing energetic and enthusiastic young Canadians, while giving them a chance to get work experience that helps them prepare for their own career.