Backgrounder: Canada Summer Jobs 2023


Program overview

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) for youth is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, a federal commitment to help young people gain employment information, skills and experience. The Strategy aims to support young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, as they transition into the labour market.

The CSJ program is delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada. The program provides wage subsidies to private-sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, employers from not-for-profit organizations, and the public sector. Through CSJ, employers are encouraged to create quality summer work experiences for young people between the ages of 15 and 30. It provides youth with opportunities to develop and improve their skills, responds to national and local priorities, and improves access to the labour market for youth, including those who face barriers to employment.

CSJ 2023 youth hiring period

The hiring period for CSJ 2023 is underway and will run until July 24, 2023. More than 70,000 job placements that matter to young people and to our communities will be posted on the Job Bank website and mobile app, and will be updated on a regular basis. We encourage young people to keep checking for updates on placements available in their communities.

Eligibility criteria


Eligible Canadian employers are from the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Private sector employers must have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada to be eligible (full-time employees are those working 30 hours or more per week).

***The employer application period is now closed for CSJ 2023.
Employers interested in applying for CSJ funding next year are encouraged to open an account on the secure Grants and Contributions Online Services portal.

Ineligible projects and job activities

Ineligible Canadian employers include members of the House of Commons and the Senate, federal government departments and agencies, and provincial departments and agencies.

Otherwise, projects and job activities are ineligible if they:

  • have activities that take place outside of Canada;
  • include activities that contribute to the provision of a personal service to the employer;
  • involve partisan political activities;
  • involve fundraising activities to cover salary costs for the youth participant;
  • restrict access to programs, services, or employment, or otherwise discriminate, contrary to applicable laws, on the basis of prohibited grounds, including sex, genetic characteristics, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression;
  • advocate intolerance, discrimination and/or prejudice; or
  • actively work to undermine or restrict a woman’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.

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