Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Overview

From Employment and Social Development Canada

The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2018 is closed.

1. Overview

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Again this year, Canada Summer Jobs welcomes applications from small businesses, not-for-profit employers, public sector and faith-based organizations that provide quality summer jobs for students.

CSJ provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

By way of five national priorities, CSJ 2018 supports the following:

  • 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 for the LGBTQ2 community
  • Organization that support opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications and technology (ICT), particularly for women.

The Government of Canada is committed to offering valuable summer work opportunities for students and to support communities in taking action on local priorities. These summer work experiences represent important pathways facilitating future transitions from school to the world of work.

CSJ applicants will be required to attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The employer attestation for CSJ 2018 is consistent with individual human rights in Canada, Charter rights and case law, and the Government of Canada’s commitment to human rights, which include women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights, and the rights of gender-diverse and transgender Canadians.

The government recognizes that women’s rights are human rights. This includes sexual and reproductive rights — and the right to access safe and legal abortions. These rights are at the core of the Government of Canada’s foreign and domestic policies.

The government recognizes that everyone should have the right to live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose, free from discrimination. The government is committed to protecting the dignity, security, and rights of gender-diverse and transgender Canadians.

The objective of the change is to prevent Government of Canada funding from flowing to organization whose mandates or projects may not respect individual human rights, the values underlying the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law. This helps prevent youth (as young as 15 years of age) from being exposed to employment within organizations that may promote positions that are contrary to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law.


CSJ has three objectives:

  • providing work experiences for students
  • supporting organizations, including those that provide important community services
  • recognizing that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely

In delivering on these objectives, the Government of Canada seeks to ensure that youth job opportunities funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program take place in an environment that respects the rights of all Canadians.

Assessment criteria

The criteria used to assess applications for funding focus on:

  • jobs that support the provision of services in the community
  • jobs that support local priorities
  • jobs that provide career-related experience or early work experience
  • a salary that contributes to the student’s income
  • an employer who provides supervision and mentoring
  • project activities that are directed toward members of, and support the vitality of, an Official Language Minority Community
  • an employer who intends to hire priority students, including youth who are in underrepresented groups (priority students are students with disabilities, Indigenous students, students who are members of a visible minority and students who are new immigrants/refugees)

Assessment of applications will be carried out on a constituency-by-constituency basis, ensuring that local priorities are considered. Local priorities for each federal electoral constituency are posted on the CSJ website. National priorities are also taken into consideration as part of the above assessment criteria.

Key dates

The application deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018.

The earliest job start date is Monday, April 23, 2018.

The latest job start date is Sunday, July 22, 2018.

The latest job end date is Saturday, September 1, 2018.

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