Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Assessment criteria

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status of the call for applications: Closed

Thank you for your interest in Canada Summer Jobs. The call for applications is now closed. Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in May 2020.

Step 4. Assessment criteria

The Assessment Criteria are used to evaluate the quality of your application compared to other projects submitted in this competitive process. Depending on the number of applications and available funding, funded agreements may be for fewer jobs, weeks or hours per week than requested in the application. Note that assessment is carried out on a constituency-by-constituency basis.

Applications will be assessed for quality against the following criteria, using information contained in your application:

  1. provide quality work experiences for youth
  2. provide youth with opportunity to develop and improve their skills; and,
  3. respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers

Objective 1: Provide quality work experiences for youth (30 points)

The quality of the work experience will be assessed against the following criteria.

  1. The job(s) provides a salary above the provincial or territorial minimum wage. (10 points)

Please refer to Section 3 – Screening for Eligibility for additional information on the minimum wage. Note that you will be required to report on the salary paid to the youth as part of the mandatory reporting process.

  1. You intend to retain the youth as an employee following the end of the Canada Summer Jobs agreement. (5 points)

Retaining the youth following the end of the Canada Summer Jobs agreement may take the form of additional weeks during the summer (in other words weeks not funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program), or work after the summer has ended. This additional work may be full-time or part-time. Note that you will be required to report on whether you retained the youth as part of the mandatory reporting process.

  1. The youth will be supervised. (15 points)

Supervision plan

The supervision plan should be task-oriented and focused on the specific job activities contained in your application.

To be eligible, you must provide each of the following mandatory pieces of information:

  • nature of supervision (on-site, remote, or other)
  • title of supervisor
  • frequency of supervision (daily, weekly, other)

In the "Description of Supervision Plan" box, you may include additional details such as how the supervisor will observe work, ensure completion of tasks, evaluate and provide feedback on job performance, and ensure the health and safety of the youth. Additional points will be awarded during assessment based on the quality and detail of the supervision plan.

See Section 5 – Apply for more detail.

Objective 2: Provide youth with opportunity to develop and improve their skills (45 points)

  1. The youth will be mentored. (15 points)

Mentoring plan

Mentoring is a relationship between an experienced employee (the mentor) and a less experienced employee (the youth). Through regular meetings, the mentor will share their professional experience with the youth and support skills development to help the youth enter the labour market.

To be eligible, you must provide each of the following mandatory pieces of information:

  • nature of mentoring (one-on-one, team, job shadowing, other)
  • title of mentor
  • frequency of mentoring (weekly, monthly, other)

In the "Description of Mentoring Plan" box, you may include additional details such as how the youth will be matched with a mentor, how the mentoring goals will be established and achieved, and how the mentor will help the youth develop skills and/or gain experience. Additional points will be awarded during assessment based on the quality and detail of the mentoring plan.

See Section 5 – Apply for more detail.

  1. You must identify the skills that will be developed and demonstrate how the youth will develop them (30 points).

The application form lists the following skills:

  • client service: Client Service refers to the ability to communicate efficiently and professionally with clients. At work, client service skills are required to interact with clients on behalf of the employer.
  • teamwork: Teamwork refers to the skills needed to interact with other people. At work, people work with others in pairs and in small and large groups to coordinate tasks, share resources, plan, make decisions, negotiate, solve conflicts and complete other activities that involve teamwork.
  • communication: Communication refers to the skills needed to exchange thoughts and information with other people. This exchange can happen orally by speaking, listening and using non-verbal cues, such as body language or in writing. At work, people use communication skills to talk to customers, discuss products with suppliers, explain work procedures to co-workers, participate in virtual sales meetings with clients, and other activities that involve verbal or written exchanges.
  • digital skills: Digital technology refers to the skills needed to understand and use digital systems, tools and applications, and to process digital information. At work, people use digital technology skills to input, access, analyze, organize, create and communicate information and ideas using computers, software, point-of-sale equipment, email, podcasts, web applications, smart phones and other digital devices.
  • leadership: Leadership refers to a number of skills, including communication, honesty, relationship building, and the ability to delegate. At work, leadership skills are required when working in a team, demonstrating initiative, and taking responsibility for the completion of tasks that require multiple employees.
  • other: You may list any additional skills that will be developed.

Objective 3: Respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers (25 points)

  1. National Priorities (15 points)

National priorities are established to help the program achieve its objectives of helping young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, to transition to the labour market.

To obtain points in this category, you are required to indicate and include a clear description of how your project supports one or more priorities. If you do not provide an explanation of how your project supports the national priorities, you will not be awarded points for this assessment criterion. If your application demonstrates that it meets more than one national priority, you will be awarded additional points.

Canada Summer jobs 2020 National Priorities:

  1. Organizations that provide services to or intend to hire youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or as having additional barriers to entering or staying in the labour market, as outlined below
  • new immigrant / refugee youth (new is defined as having arrived in Canada in the past 5 years)
  • Indigenous youth
  • youth who have not completed high school
  • Visible minorities / racialized youth
  • LGBTQ2 youth
  • women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • youth who have not previously been employed and for whom this would be their first job experience

If your organization will make special efforts to hire a youth under this national priority, indicate your recruitment plan to hire the youth, including the sources or mechanisms for recruitment. Your recruitment plan should also detail the agencies that will be contacted who serve underrepresented youth (for example Indigenous Friendship Centres, Service Canada offices and community youth centres). If you have already identified a youth, indicate this in your application.

You will be expected to make all reasonable recruitment efforts to hire a priority youth and to document these efforts. Should your application be approved, your recruitment and hiring plans may be monitored to determine whether they reflect what you stated in your application.

  1. Opportunities offered by organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities or intend to hire youth with disabilities;

Additional points will be awarded to employers who offer services to youth with disabilities or who express an intention to hire youth with disabilities.

If your organization expresses the intent to hire a youth under this national priority, you will be expected to make all reasonable recruitment efforts to hire a youth with disabilities and to document these efforts. Should your application be approved, your recruitment and hiring plans may be monitored to determine whether they reflect what you stated in your application.

  1. Opportunities for youth in rural areas (RAs), remote communities, or Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs);

Additional points will be awarded to employers who offer jobs located in geographically disadvantaged areas, including rural and remote communities.

  • Rural and Remote Communities: As per Statistics Canada, a rural area is a community with a population of less than 1,000 and a population density below 400 inhabitants per square mile and a remote area is located in a "no metropolitan influenced zone." If you are uncertain if your community is rural or remote, please contact Service Canada. Note that Service Canada will verify your classification during assessment.

Additional points will also be awarded to employers who commit to employ members of the OLMC in their area, or who offer services or supports to these communities.

  • OLMC: An official-language minority is either a French-speaker or French-speaking population living outside of Quebec, where English is predominant, or an English-speaker or English-speaking population living in Quebec, where French is predominant. A list of communities can be found online.
  1. Opportunities offered by organizations that focus on protecting and conserving the environment.

Additional points will be awarded to employers who offer jobs in sectors and industries that are linked to protecting and conserving the environment and helping the transition to a low carbon emission economy.

  1. Opportunities for youth to work in small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs.

Additional points will be awarded to small businesses of 50 or fewer full-time employees.

  1. Local Priorities (10 points)

Local priorities are established for each constituency by Members of Parliament throughout the country taking into account local labour market information, including sectors experiencing labour shortages.

To obtain points in this category, you are required to indicate and include a clear description of how your project supports the local priorities for your constituency.

If you do not provide an explanation of how your project supports local priorities, you will not be awarded points for this assessment criterion.

Note that it is not mandatory for Members of Parliament to establish local priorities. You will not be penalized during assessment if your Member of Parliament has not established local priorities.

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