Employers have until Jan. 29 to apply for up to 120,000 job opportunities
The employer application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program for 2021 has opened.
The program is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees. Up to 120,000 job opportunities will be available to young Canadians, up from 80,000 for 2020.
“Canada Summer Jobs has a major role in supporting employers and youth during these unprecedented times,” says Carla Qualtrough, minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion. “For employers, a young worker can be an invaluable asset to their team, adding a new and fresh perspective into all areas of the workplace. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s approved projects, which will make a real difference in the lives of so many Canadians.”
CSJ provides paid opportunities for 15- to 30-year-olds to develop and improve their skills in the not-for-profit, small business and public sectors.
The application period will close on Jan. 29, 2021.
In September, the federal government announced it is partnering with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employers across the country to provide more than 900 internship opportunities for Canadian students. It also said it is significantly scaling up the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
The national priorities for the 2021 CSJ program support:
- 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
- opportunities offered by organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities or intend to hire youth with disabilities
- opportunities for youth in rural areas, remote communities, or official language minority communities
- opportunities offered by organizations that focus on protecting and conserving the environment
- opportunities offered by employers impacted by COVID-19, in particular small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs.