Canada Summer Jobs 2019 application season kicks off

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Employers can apply today to get funding to hire a young Canadian this summer

December 17, 2018               Toronto, Ontario               Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s prosperity increasingly depends on young Canadians succeeding. By supporting them in getting good quality summer jobs, young Canadians will gain valuable skills and workplace experience towards starting a meaningful career, all while helping build our workforce.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the launch of the employer application period for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private employers with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding to hire a young Canadian this summer.

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates good quality summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30. Summer jobs are a great way for young Canadians to gain skills and valuable experience to help build their resumes, all while earning a fair wage. They also help organizations fill labour gaps during the busy summer months.

Changes have been made to CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for young people to access them:

  • 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: to reflect feedback received from employers and organizations, the 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 and on the mobile app, to help match young people with employers and good quality jobs.

Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, not-for-profit employers and public sector organizations that can provide good quality summer jobs for youth are invited to apply for funding from the Government of Canada. Employers are strongly encouraged to open an account on the secure Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, a one-time process that will allow them to apply for this and other funding opportunities across Employment and Social Development Canada.

Visit YouTube to find out how CSJ benefited young Canadians across the country this past summer.


“Young Canadians are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today. That’s why our government is focused on ensuring  they 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 youth 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

Quick facts

  • Each year, the national priorities for CSJ are updated to reflect Canada's diverse population and evolving needs. This year’s national CSJ priorities support:

    • organizations that provide services to, and intend to hire, youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or who have additional barriers to the labour market;

    • opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades;

    • opportunities for youth in rural areas and remote communities, and Official Language Minority Communities;

    • small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to job creation; and

    • organizations that deliver support or services to seniors.

  • Not-for-profit employers can receive funding up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs.

  • Public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 employees can receive funding up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

  • Budget 2016 doubled the CSJ base budget of $107.5M to allow the program to create up to 70,000 jobs per year, nearly doubling the number of jobs created since 2015.

  • The importance of quality youth employment to Canada's future prosperity is why Budget 2018 provided a five-year funding horizon to the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to fund its modernization, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.

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

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