Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Assessment criteria

From: Employment and Social Development Canada


Current status: Closed

Thank you for your interest in the Canada Summer Jobs program. The call for applications is now closed. Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in April 2021.

4. Assessment criteria

Using information contained therein, your application will be assessed for quality against the following criteria:

  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.

Assessment is carried out on a constituency-by-constituency basis.

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)
    • 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.
  2. You intend to retain the youth as an employee following the end of the Canada Summer Jobs agreement. (5 points)
    • This additional work can 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.
  3. The youth will receive supervision. (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:
      • Title of Supervisor;
      • Nature of Supervision (On-site, Remote, or Combination);
      • Frequency of Supervision (Daily, Weekly, Less than once per week)
    • Using the check-boxes provided on the application form, please provide the following additional pieces of information:
      • The amount of the supervisor’s experience in the supervisory role (Less than one year, One to two years, or More than two years);
      • The type of feedback to provided to the youth (Formal or Informal); and,
      • What the supervisor will provide (Job-specific training, Work instructions and tasks, Evaluation of work, or Other)
    • 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 receive mentoring. (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 learn about career objectives of the youth and share their professional experience to support skills development and help the youth enter the labour market as well as facilitate their professional development.
    • To be eligible, you must provide each of the following mandatory pieces of information:
      • Title of Mentor;
      • Type (One-on-one, Team);
      • Frequency of Mentoring (Weekly, Monthly, Less than once per month)
    • Using the check-boxes provided on the application form, please provide the following additional pieces of information:
      • Amount of experience of the mentor (Less than one year, One to two years, or More than two years);
      • Mentor-mentee relationship (Formal; Informal); and
      • What the mentor will provide (Support for skills development, Career-related training, Access to learning materials, or Other)
    • See Section 5 – Apply for more detail.
  2. You must identify the skills that will be developed during the work placement. Note that your description of job tasks and responsibilities above must make clear how the skills you select will be developed. (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.

    Please indicate which national priorities your project supports If your application demonstrates that it meets more than one national priority, you will be awarded additional points.

    Canada Summer Jobs 2021 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

      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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Opportunities offered by employers impacted by COVID-19, in particular 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 who have been impacted by COVID-19.

  2. 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.

      Please indicate which local priorities your project supports. The local priorities for your constituency are available at this link. If your application demonstrates that it meets more than one local priority, you will be awarded additional points.

      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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