Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Overview

From Employment and Social Development Canada

Step 1. Overview

This Applicant Guide provides information to help you complete your Canada Summer Jobs application.

Read the following Guide in its entirety before you start your application for funding, as it contains important details on the information and supporting documentation that Service Canada requires to assess your application.

Objectives of the Canada Summer Jobs Program

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

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

These youth summer work experiences represent important pathways facilitating future transitions to the workforce.

What has changed for Canada Summer Jobs 2019?

The program objectives have been updated to:

  • Provide quality work experiences for youth;
  • Respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers; and,
  • Provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills.

New expanded eligibility now includes all youth aged 15-30, and is no longer restricted to students. This change has been made to complement the Government's renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy, announced in Budget 2018.

To improve program delivery, 2019 CSJ-funded employers and youth participants will be asked to complete a survey prior to the end of the work placement. Employers will be required to complete the survey after the end of the work placement. Surveys will be sent to all funded employers once agreements are in place. Also new for 2019, results from previously funded projects will be considered in eligibility and funding decisions.

In 2019, Job Bank will be the primary source for information on the availability of positions funded through the program in order to help youth to find, and employers to fill, employment opportunities. Job Bank is the Government of Canada's leading source for jobs and labour market information. It offers users free occupational and career information and can help people search for work and make career decisions.

Important notice regarding applications

New changes to online services

For 2019, you are strongly encouraged to apply to the Canada Summer Jobs program using Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS). GCOS provides additional functionalities that allow you to apply and track your application status, sign agreements, manage active projects, submit supporting documents, and review past projects submitted through GCOS.

For the step-by-step process to create a GCOS account, click here.

This is a one-time process, but may take a few weeks to complete. Once your account is active you can use it to apply for ESDC’s grants and contributions programs.

As of 2020-2021, the online fillable application form will no longer be available to submit applications to the Canada Summer Jobs program. As of 2020-2021, all online applications must be submitted GCOS.

Application deadlines

Key dates

Please note the following key dates:

  • Applications are due by January 25, 2019.
  • The earliest job start date is April 23, 2019.
  • The latest job start date is July 23, 2019.
  • The latest job end date is September 1, 2019.
  • The latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the CSJ-funded work placement.

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