Temporary Changes to Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJ Program)

What is it?

  • CSJ is a government program that gives funding to eligible employers in order to encourage them to hire youth (15-30 years of age) for summer jobs, by subsidizing their wage.

Who is eligible?

  • If you have applied already, and your application is approved in May 2020: Private and public sector employers can now receive up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee instead of the previous 50%; Employers will be allowed to hire staff on a part-time basis; Agreed upon contract can be extended to February 28, 2021
  • If you have not applied to this program, but you are an essential service who could really benefit from this program, your local MPs will be able to recommend businesses they deem as an essential service in their communities for consideration to be late applicants into the CSJ Program

How do I apply?

  • The government has not announced if there will be an application system available to date. If you would like your local MP to consider you for the application, we encourage you to write them a letter explaining your situation as an essential service and how this program could benefit you and your community.

References: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-socialdevelopment/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/08/changes-canada-summer-jobsprogram-help-businesses-and-young-program-help-businesses-and-young