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Summer jobs application season starts

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Employment, Workforce Development and Labour minister Patty Hajdu announced Monday the launch of the employer application period for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program.

Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private employers with up to 50 employees now can apply for funding to hire a young Canadian this summer.

The CSJ program creates good quality summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for youths aged 15-30.

Summer jobs are a great way for young Canadians to gain skills and valuable experience to help build their résumés, all while earning a fair wage.

They also help organizations fill labour gaps during the busy summer months.

Changes have been made to CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for young people to access them, including:

  • fewer barriers to good quality jobs (expanded eligibility to include all youths aged 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada—not just students);
  • updated eligibility criteria (to reflect feedback received from employers and organizations, the eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn't eligible for funding); and
  • better job matching (all positions will be posted on jobbank.gc.ca and on the mobile app to help match young people with employers and good quality jobs).

Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, not-for-profit employers, and public-sector organizations that can provide good quality summer jobs for youth are invited to apply for funding from the Government of Canada.

Employers are strongly encouraged to open an account on the secure Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, a one-time process that will allow them to apply for this and other funding opportunities across Employment and Social Development Canada.

“Young Canadians are not just the leaders of tomorrow—they are leaders today,” said Hajdu.

“That's why our government is focused on ensuring they get the skills and training they need to succeed, and Canada Summer Jobs is an incredibly important program for helping young people achieve this,” she added.

“Providing youth with opportunities for paid, meaningful work experience helps ensure they have a fair shot at success.”

Each year, the national priorities for CSJ are updated to reflect Canada's diverse population and evolving needs.

This year's national CSJ priorities support:

  • organizations that provide services to, and intend to hire, youth who self-identify as being part of under-represented groups or who have additional barriers to the labour market;
  • opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades;
  • opportunities for youth in rural areas and remote communities, and Official Language Minority Communities;
  • small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to job creation; and
  • organizations that deliver support or services to seniors.

Not-for-profit employers can receive funding up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs.

Public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 employees, meanwhile, can receive funding up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

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