Canada Summer Jobs 2018 Season means over 290 jobs available for at-risk youth in Toronto

News release

Government of Canada funds work experience for local students and at-risk youth

July 5, 2018                 Toronto, Ontario          Employment and Social Development Canada

A strong middle class and a growing economy depend on young Canadians getting the skills and work experience they need to succeed. That’s why the Government of Canada has doubled the number of quality jobs created through the Canada Summer Jobs program since 2015, creating meaningful, paid work experience for almost 70,000 students per year.

Today at the Weston Frontlines Centre, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for York South—Weston (Ontario), on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that here in Toronto, over 290 jobs have been approved specifically for at-risk youth who face more barriers to employment.

This is in addition to the Government of Canada’s funding for over 5,700 jobs in Toronto through the Canada Summer program.

A summer job helps students gain new skills and valuable work experience while saving money for the school year ahead. The Canada Summer Jobs program provides students across Canada aged 15 to 30 with quality work experience opportunities.

This year, more than 3,000 employers across Canada are first‑time funding recipients, ensuring thousands of fresh new experiences for young Canadians. This year’s jobs fulfill five national priorities, designated by the Government of Canada, including:

  • employers who intend to hire youth from underrepresented groups, including youth who are new immigrants and 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 to the LGBTQ2 community; and
  • organizations that provide opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and information and in communications technology, particularly for women.

Young Canadians can visit to connect with employers who are hiring in their communities.


“Canada’s young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That’s why our government is focused on ensuring more young Canadians get the skills and training they need to succeed and Canada Summer Jobs is an incredibly important program for helping young people achieve this. Providing students with opportunities for paid, meaningful work experience, helps ensure they have a fair shot at success.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“It’s great news that more than 5,700 students in Toronto, including over 195 at-risk youth, will benefit from valuable workplace experience this summer. Creating jobs for young Canadians is a win-win for everyone. Students are able to develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience while earning money for their tuition, employers benefit from new energy and ideas, and our economy thrives by ensuring a healthy middle class.”
– The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for York South—Weston (Ontario)

Quick facts

  • Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy. Budget 2016 announced an additional investment of $339 million over three years. This was followed by an additional investment of $395.5 million over three years in Budget 2017. These investments are helping:

    • more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
    • create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
    • provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
  • Budget 2018 announced an investment of $448.5 million over five years to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued doubling of the number of Canada Summer Jobs opportunities in 2019.

  • Under the Canada Summer Jobs Program, not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees and public-sector employers can receive up to 50 percent of the minimum hourly wage.


Veronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Mathieu Genest
Press Secretary
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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