Funding: Canada Summer Jobs – Quality job placements

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status of the call for applications: Open

Thank you for your interest in Canada Summer Jobs. The call for applications is open from January 30, 2020, to February 24, 2020.

2. Quality job placements

What is a quality job placement

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

Your application should demonstrate the quality of your proposed job placement(s) in a number of ways:

  • for example, your job placement may invest in youth by paying above the minimum wage in your province or territory, or by committing to retain the youth as an employee beyond the period of the Canada Summer Jobs Agreement
  • through your supervision plan, you should demonstrate how you will support the youth during their work placement through observing, evaluating, and providing feedback on job performance
  • through your mentoring plan, you should demonstrate how you will support the youth by providing guidance related to professional and career-development
  • through providing an opportunity for youth to develop the skills needed for employment
  • through your health and safety practices, you should demonstrate that you have implemented measures to ensure that your work environment is safe
  • through your work environment policies and practices, you should demonstrate that you have implemented appropriate measures to provide a work environment free from 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 small, private tech company seeks to hire a female youth to help develop new, innovative apps in their research and development section.

The youth will work among a team of professionals in the technology sector. Outcomes for the youth will be to gain experience in a professional office setting and to work as part of a team in developing innovative technology tools. This career-related experience may lead the youth to pursue an education in this field.

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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