This applicant guide provides information to help you complete your Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application.

Read the following guide and the Articles of Agreement in their entirety before you start your application for funding, as they contain important details on the information and supporting documentation that Service Canada requires to assess your application. As part of your application, organizations are required to attest that they have read, understood, and will comply with the Articles of Agreement.

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Canada Summer Jobs program objectives

CSJ is a program under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.

The CSJ program objectives align with the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:

  • 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
  • provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills

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

The Government of Canada aims to ensure that all CSJ funded job opportunities take place in a safe, inclusive, and healthy work environment free from harassment and discrimination.

To support Service Canada in screening and assessing the eligibility and quality of each project, the Application Form collects information from you such as:

  • your organization’s health and safety practices
  • work environment policies
  • supervision and mentoring plans
  • skills development plan
  • other details related to both your organization and the proposed job(s)

For more details on the information collected through the application process, consult Section 5 – Writing Your Application.

How to submit your application

Key dates

Please note the following key dates:

  • Applications are due by January 10, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
  • Funding confirmations will be sent to employers starting in April 2024 and will continue into the summer months.
  • The earliest job start date is April 22, 2024.
  • The latest job start date is July 22, 2024.
  • The latest job end date is August 31, 2024.
  • The latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the last CSJ-funded work placement.


A submitted application is referred to as a project. Activities will not be eligible for reimbursement until your project is approved and an agreement has been signed by both the recipient and Service Canada. The receipt of a completed application does not in itself constitute a commitment on the part of Service Canada. Do not assume any commitment on the part of Service Canada until funding has been approved and a formal agreement has been signed by a Service Canada representative.

Notification of results

Each year, applications for funding exceed the available funding. Due to oversubscription, not all eligible projects are funded and organizations that receive funding may not receive the level of funding requested, the amount of funding received in previous years, or the number of weeks requested. In order to fund quality jobs, Service Canada expects an average funded job duration of 8 weeks and for 35 hours per week.

Funds are distributed among the successful applicants based on the results of Service Canada’s assessment of applications, and from feedback provided by Members of Parliament during their review of the list of projects eligible for funding in each constituency.

Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in April 2024 and will continue into the summer months. All eligibility and funding decisions will be confirmed in writing. You can also check the status of your application through GCOS if you applied via GCOS.

Funded employers and youth participants will be asked to complete questionnaires to provide Service Canada with feedback on their CSJ experience. The mandatory employer questionnaire must be completed prior to submitting a payment claim. It is also mandatory for employers to provide the youth participant questionnaire to youth employees funded through the CSJ program, although completion of the youth questionnaire remains voluntary. Both questionnaires will be provided to funded employers during the notification phase.

Job Bank will continue to be the primary source for information for youth on the availability of positions funded through the program. All Canada Summer Jobs-funded positions will automatically be posted on Job Bank to help youth find, and employers to fill those jobs. Please note that the information provided in your application (i.e. contact information) will be posted to Job Bank. To remove the posting from Job Bank, an Employer and Employee Declaration form must be submitted to confirm the hiring of a participant.

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