Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Quality job placements

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.

2. Quality job placements

What is a quality job placement

Through the Canada Summer Jobs program, the Government of Canada provides employers with wage subsidies to create quality job placements for youth in safe, inclusive and healthy work environments free of harassment and discrimination.

Your application should demonstrate the quality of your proposed job placement(s) through:

  • Youth investment - by paying youth above the minimum wage in your province or territory, or by committing to retain the youth as an employee beyond the period of the CSJ Agreement.
  • Supervision – by demonstrating how you will support the youth during their work placement through observing, evaluating, and providing feedback on job performance.
  • Mentoring – by demonstrating how your guidance will support the professional and career-development of the youth.
  • Skills development – by providing opportunities for youth to develop the skills needed for employment.
  • Health and safety practices – by demonstrating that you have implemented measures to ensure that your work environment is safe.
    • In the current context of COVID-19, employers are responsible for staying informed of provincial guidance on essential services and municipal, provincial and federal public health information, and following all necessary local health guidance.
  • Work environment policies and practices – by demonstrating that you have implemented measures to provide a work environment free of harassment and discrimination, including non-discriminatory hiring practices.

The following are examples of projects that meet the objectives of the program to provide quality work placements to youth, to provide youth with the opportunity to develop and improve their skills, and to support local and national priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers.

Examples of quality projects

Example #1 (Church Daycare)

A local church plans to hire four recent immigrant youth to work in the church daycare centre over the summer months to care for children.

The church serves all regardless of faith and a large proportion of the children are newcomers to Canada.

The youth will be tasked with planning, organizing and delivering a special summer-long project for the children. The youth will lead both a recreational and an educational piece that are not part of the normal day-to-day operation of the church. The recreational aspect will include an introduction to various summer sports and a competition over the course of several weeks.

The youth workers will help the children learn more about Canada, their own countries of heritage, and the countries of the others.

Outcomes for the youth will be learning how to care for children, how to plan and develop a project and to provide recreational and educational activities for participants. Those youth who had a successful experience, and are thinking of pursuing a career as an Early Childhood Educator, could be retained by the employer at the conclusion of the summer placement.

A project like this would receive additional assessment points as it responds to one of the program’s national priorities. See Section 4 Assessment Criteria for more information.

Example #2 (Youth with Disabilities)

A not-for-profit organization that runs a summer camp for disabled youth is looking to hire camp counselors.

The counselors will plan and lead daily activities for campers and provide various supports to campers based on the individual needs of the youth. The counselors will be under the direct supervision of senior camp leaders on a daily basis. Supervision will include comprehensive health and safety training in advance of the camp session, as well as regular daily meetings to discuss concerns or issues. Each youth hired will also receive one-on-one mentoring throughout the summer.

A project like this would receive additional assessment points as it responds to one of the program’s national priorities. See Section 4 Assessment Criteria for more information.

Example #3 (Official Language Minority Community)

A francophone organization seeks to hire three francophone youth to provide guide services to tourists in the city’s French quarter. The community is predominately English speaking. These services will support a number of francophone non-for-profit museums and historical sites.

The various sites will be able to continue operating and offer guided tours throughout the day to tourists and school field trips. This will enable the community to maintain its linguistic French vitality. Outcomes for the youth will include the ability to work in their French language and to support their francophone community.

A project like this would receive additional assessment points as it responds to one of the program’s national priorities.

For information on determining whether you are an Official Language Minority Community, see Section 4 Assessment Criteria. A list of communities is available online.

Example #4 (Environmental Conservation)

An organization that develops clean air technology seeks to hire a youth to support ongoing research and development activities.

The organization intends to hire a youth studying environmental engineering to work as an assistant to an experienced engineer. The youth will support research and testing activities, and the experienced engineer will provide mentoring to support the youth’s career and skills development.

A project like this would receive additional assessment points as it responds to one of the program’s national priorities. See Section 4 Assessment Criteria for more information.

Example #5 (Small Business)

A local restaurant plans to hire youth to assist with processing and delivering orders over the summer months.

The youth will work in small teams to plan and conduct deliveries. They will also be responsible for keeping accurate records. The youth will receive in-person training throughout their first week from their supervisor and then a senior staff member will be assigned as their mentor for the remainder of the placement. Included in the youth’s training will be direction for client service and the proper procedures for social distancing in a professional setting. Outcomes for the youth will be learning how to develop work plans as a team as well as gaining experience in client service through coordinating delivery drop-offs.

A project like this would receive additional assessment points as it responds to one of the program’s national priorities. See Section 4 Assessment Criteria for more information.

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