Employer applications open for Canada Summer Jobs program

Government looking to create 100,000 full-time positions for youth

Employer applications open for Canada Summer Jobs program

Employers can now apply to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2022 program.

Not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers, and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees can apply for funding until Jan. 25, 2022.

“To build a more resilient and inclusive labour market, we need to equip young Canadians with the skills they need to succeed, while also helping them overcome systemic barriers. I look forward to seeing these opportunities come to life, and I encourage all eligible employers to take advantage of this ambitious program,” says Marci Ien, minister for women and gender equality and youth.

Employers can receive funding for up to 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Meanwhile, not-for-profit employers receive up to 100 per cent of the wage for each employee.

Interested employers can submit their applications electronically via either the online fillable application or the Grants and Contributions Online Service.

CSJ targets

CSJ 2022 is targeting the creation of up to 100,000 full-time summer job opportunities for young people, compared to 120,000 for 2021 and 80,000 for 2020.

The 2022 program will prioritize projects that reach young people facing barriers to employment and jobs in small businesses and the not-for-profit sector, including:

  • young people who are early leavers of high school and not in employment, education or training
  • Indigenous youth
  • Black and other racialized youth  
  • youth living with disabilities
  • small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that self-report as having leadership from groups that are under-represented in the labour market

Earlier, Ontario announced it is investing $1.5 billion over four years to alleviate an upcoming shortage of skilled trades.

Meanwhile, Manitoba announced it is partnering with Economic Development Winnipeg and the Manitoba Chambers to invest $12.5 million through a new Retrain Manitoba program.

And Alberta opened for application the second intake period of the Alberta Jobs Now program.

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