HRDC's summer student program

Wage subsidies available to all employers, special program launched to encourage hiring of students with disabilities

The deadline for employers to submit an application for a wage subsidy from Human Resources Development Canada to hire a student is March 28, except for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut where the deadline is April 4.

HRDC’s Summer Career Placements program offers wage subsidies to employers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to create jobs related to students’ career interests and their fields of study.

“We all know how imperative it is to prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” said Jane Stewart, Minister of HRDC. “Through these incentives and with the help of employers from all sectors of the economy, we are increasing the chance for our students to build their careers while they are developing the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.”

Last summer, the program helped more than 51,000 Canadian students gain career-related experience.

Students with disabilities

Stewart also encouraged employers to hire students with disabilities.

“We have special provisions that can help them hire these young people,” she said.

Employers are eligible to receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum wage if they hire a student with a disability through the Summer Career Placements program. Also, $3,000 per student may be made available for accommodating students with a disability. This would involve personal tools and adaptations that the students would need for their own use on the job.

Contact information

Employers who want to participate in the program can contact their nearest HRDC office. For more information, visit or call the toll-free Youth Info Line at 1-800-935-5555 to get a free copy of the Student Summer Job Action 2003 brochure.

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