Canada Summer Jobs start rolling out to keep young people working during COVID-19
“We recognize that young people are particularly hard hit by COVID-19 and that is why we made changes this year to the Canada Summer Jobs program. I encourage Canada’s young people to go to Job Bank and check out what’s available to them. Youth are powerful leaders of change, and during these difficult times we are proud to support them as they help out our communities and shape a better and more resilient Canada.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
The CSJ program provides paid opportunities for all youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to develop and improve their skills within the not-for-profit, small business and public sectors. The program also supports the delivery of key community services to Canadians.
The changes to the CSJ program this year will help small businesses hire and keep the workers they need so they can continue to deliver essential services. Temporary changes to the program for this year include:
- an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee (employers in the not-for-profit sector are already eligible for 100% wage subsidy);
- an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
- allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services; and
- allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.
As part of these temporary flexibilities, the Government of Canada called on Members of Parliament for their support to help identify organizations that both support the delivery of essential services in the community and could hire youth for positions but did not apply for the CSJ program in 2020.
These changes to CSJ 2020 are in addition to the Government of Canada’s $9-billion package of comprehensive supports for youth announced by the Prime Minister on April 22, 2020, which included a target of 76,000 job opportunities for youth through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
Today’s announcement is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which already commits $146 billion in support to Canadians and businesses through these unprecedented times.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
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