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Hire a youth this summer through Canada Summer Jobs!

Canada Summer Jobs 2019 is a wage subsidy program that can help your business create summer jobs for youth between the ages of 15 and 30, focusing on those who face barriers to employment. 

Changes for 2019!

This year, the program is no longer restricted to students and will now include all youth between 15 and 30.  Employers and youth participants will be asked to complete a survey before the start of the placement; and your business will be asked to fill out another survey at the end of the placement. 

You will be able to use the Job Bank  to help your business find young workers for positions funded by the program. 

Application changes

The online fillable application form will be available this year. However, starting in 2020-2021, you will have to use Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS)

ESDC is encouraging business owners to use GCOS this year as it will provide additional functionality such as tracking your application, submitting supporting documents, and managing active projects. There is a one-time process to create an account but it may take a few weeks to complete – so make sure you create your profile early


The government sets out several criteria to apply for funding, including: 

  • You must have 50 or fewer full-time (30 hours or more/week) employees across Canada;
  • The project must provide a full-time work experience between April and September, in Canada, for a minimum of six weeks; 
  • The job must provide meaningful work experience for the youth, supporting skills acquisition and development 
    • See here for more information about what the government considers to be a “quality job placement”
  • You must provide an inclusive, non-discriminatory work environment that respects the rights of all Canadians.

When making your application, it’s important to demonstrate a link between the job tasks and responsibilities and the national and local priorities, such as:

  • Planning to hire youth who are in underrepresented groups, including:
    • New immigrant youth/refugees 
    • Indigenous youth
    • Youth with disabilities 
    • Visible minorities
    • LGBTQ2 youth
    • Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs
  • Opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades
  • Opportunities for youth in rural areas and Official Language Minority Communities
  • Organizations that provide services and/or supports for seniors

Local priorities are determined by constituency. You can find out what the priorities are in your area by visiting the local priorities information page

Important dates to know

Applications will be accepted up until January 25, 2019. To learn more and access the application guide and form, visit Canada Summer Jobs 2019

The earliest job start date is April 23, 2019 and the latest is July 23, 2019. The latest job end date is September 1, 2019.

Still have questions?

CFIB's Counsellors are available to answer your questions. Contact us at [email protected] or by calling 1-888-234-2232.