Canada Summer Jobs 2020 temporary flexibilities for employers

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the following flexibilities have been introduced to respond to the needs of employers and youth.

Temporary flexibilities for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020

Wage subsidies

All funded employers will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Previously, private and public sector employers were only eligible to receive up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum wage.

Part-time employment

All funded employers may offer part-time placements (for example, fewer than 30 hours per week). Previously, all CSJ-funded employment had to be full time (a minimum of 30 hours per week for at least 6 weeks).

Employment period

All funded employers may offer job placements between May 11, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Employers can offer part-time employment to youth who want to work during the academic year. Previously, all CSJ-funded positions had to be completed no later than August 28, 2020.

Changes to project and job activities

All funded employers will be provided the flexibility to amend project and job activities to support the delivery of critical services.

Potential adjustments to existing project and job activities could include:

  • community programming: A shift away from in-person activities to the use of digital tools for the delivery of programming
  • service industry: A shift away from in-person service to take-out and delivery
  • administrative positions: A shift to the use of available remote and telework options
  • support for vulnerable populations: A shift to activities to support populations facing new vulnerabilities under COVID-19, such as seniors or persons with disabilities, including the delivery of necessities or assistance with adaptive technology
  • retail services: A shift away from in-person and in-store roles to remote and delivery roles

Important reminders

The safety of youth is paramount to the CSJ Program. To be eligible to receive funding under the CSJ program, employers must be able to provide youth a job placement in a safe work environment.

In the current context of COVID-19, employers are responsible to stay informed of provincial guidance on essential services and Municipal, Provincial and Federal public health information.

In addition to guidance published by Municipal, Provincial, and Territorial Governments, please consult the following resources from the Federal Government to support employers and employees:

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