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Apply now to hire a youth this summer through Canada Summer Jobs!

The application deadline is January 29, 2021. Get ready!


Canada Summer Jobs 2021 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. 

Quick facts:

  • The program is not restricted to students - it includes all youth between age 15 and 30.
  • The wage subsidy reimbursement is up to 75% of the provincial minimum wage.
  • Funded employers may offer part-time placements (fewer than 30 hours per week)
  • Employers may amend their project/job activities if the proposed project is impacted by COVID-19. 
  • Employers and youth participants will be asked to complete a survey regarding their experience with the Canada Summer Jobs program. This is mandatory for employer participants, but optional for the youth participants.
  • All Canada Summer Jobs-funded positions will be posted on the Job Bank. 


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;
  • You must provide full-time or part-time work experience in Canada for a minimum of 6 weeks between April 26, 2021 and February 26, 2022
  • 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.

National Priorities:

  • Planning to hire youth who are in underrepresented groups, including:
    • New immigrant youth/refugees (arrived in Canada in the past 5 years)
    • Indigenous youth
    • Youth who have not completed high school 
    • Visible minorities/racialized youth
    • LGBTQ2 youth
    • Women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
    • Youth who have not been previously employed and for whom this would be their first job experience
  • Employers impacted by COVID-19, especially small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs
  • Organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities or who intend to hire youth with disabilities
  • Opportunities for youth in rural areas, remote communities, and Official Language Minority Communities
  • Organizations that focus on protecting and conserving the environment

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

How to apply

There are 4 ways to apply:

It is strongly recommended to use either the online fillable applications or GCOS, as in-person and mailed applications could be impacted by COVID-19-related office closures. 

Further application information, including addresses, is available on the Canada Summer Jobs site

Important dates to know

Applications will be accepted up until January 29, 2021. To learn more and access the application guide and form, visit Canada Summer Jobs 2021. 

The earliest job start date is April 26, 2021, and the latest is January 15, 2022. The latest job end date is February 26, 2022.

The deadline to submit a payment claim is 30 days after the last day of the Canada Summer Jobs placement.