Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for


Maryam Monsef

Your member of parliament for



Release: Employers in Peterborough—Kawartha can now submit funding applications for Canada Summer Jobs 2018

Get money to hire a student: Apply now to Canada Summer Jobs 2018

Employers in Peterborough—Kawartha can now submit funding applications for Canada Summer Jobs 2018

January 15, 2018 – Peterborough, Ontario – A summer job is an important way for young Canadians to develop their skills, gain valuable work experience and earn money to pay for their tuition. To get more young Canadians working this summer, all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding from the Government of Canada.

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates summer job opportunities which provide valuable work experience for full-time students aged 15 to 30 who intend to return to their studies in the next school year. In Peterborough—Kawartha, the program has funded 649 jobs in the last two years.

Young people are leaders today. They have important and influential voices within our communities and deserve every opportunity to succeed. It is essential for young Canadians to have access to meaningful work opportunities at the beginning of their careers, and CSJ helps to provide them with that opportunity.

Providing good quality jobs helps small businesses and not-for-profit organizations while also supporting our local priorities and community development. In Peterborough—Kawartha, the priorities focus on:

  • Organizations that support opportunities for women and girls;
  • Special events including summer festivals, community celebrations, and agricultural fairs;
  • Areas that do not have many summer jobs and those that experience high seasonal summer populations; and
  • Sectors including clean technology, conservation, agriculture and local food security, volunteer, municipalities, not-for-profit, arts and culture, history, tourism and the skilled trades.

Employers that support and complement national priorities are also encouraged to come forward with applications. The priorities include:

  • Employers who intend to hire youth who are in underrepresented groups, including new immigrant youth/refugees, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities and visible minorities;
  • Small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs;
  • Organizations that support opportunities for official language minority communities;
  • Organizations that provide services and/or supports the LGBTQ2 community; and
  • Organizations that provide opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), particularly for women and girls.

All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply by February 2, 2018.

Not-for-profit employers can receive 100 percent of the provincial minimum hourly wage. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada can receive 50 percent of the provincial minimum hourly wage. All employers may be eligible for additional funding of up to $3,000 per student with disabilities to accommodate the student within the workplace with personal tools and adaptations that the student requires to accomplish tasks.

For more information and to apply, please visit or a Service Canada Centre.


“I encourage all Peterborough—Kawartha area not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses – especially those that support opportunities for women and girls – to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program this year. Since I’ve been elected, our government was able to fund 649 jobs in our region through this program. Helping young Canadians develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience will ensure a strong economy and a healthy middle class.”

– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha and Minister of Status of Women

“I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to work with volunteers and staff as dedicated as the members and supporters of Kawartha Land Trust through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Even though I was working there temporarily, I could feel the passion and saw the hours of hard work they have devoted to their cause. I truly believe that they have made Peterborough and the Kawarthas a better place by protecting our natural capital. I was one out of five summer students working with the land trust this summer and despite this I could still feel an individual purpose and that my work was valued. Every week there was always a new and inspiring project to focus on making this position one of the most stimulating and rewarding yet. I will take the mentorship they provided with me far into the future. I am happy to say my position as a Student Marketing Assistant was a successful first step in my professional life and I’m grateful that I was able to do it as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program.”

– Kaleigh Martherus, Canada Summer Jobs student at Kawartha Land Trust

“Canada’s young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow – they are leaders today. That’s why the Government of Canada is creating summer jobs for more young Canadians than ever. We know that when young people can get great work experience early in their careers, we’re helping ensure they have the best possible shot at success.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick Facts

  • Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in the YES to help young Canadians get the information and develop the job skills, abilities and experience they need to get good-quality jobs.
  • In 2016, 26,067 students participated in the program in Ontario, with an investment of $71.6M.
  • In 2017, the Canada Summer Jobs program nearly doubled the number of jobs created since 2015.
  • Since 2016, the Government of Canada has significantly increased its investment in the Canada Summer Jobs program by allocating an additional $339 million over three years to create more summer jobs for young Canadians.
  • Budget 2017 invested an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18. This means that more than 33,000 vulnerable youth will be able to develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school. It means creating 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians in sectors like agriculture and renewable energy.


Tammy Thorne

Special Assistant (Communications) to Hon. Maryam Monsef

Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha

Mobile: (705) 927 – 7315