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Hire a youth this summer through Canada Summer Jobs!

Canada Summer Jobs 2020 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. 

Here are some quick facts about this year’s program:

  • The program is no longer restricted to students and will now include all youth between age 15 and 30.
  • 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. 

Application changes

The online application form is available again this year. You can also apply in person, by mail or by using 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 May and August, 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 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
  • 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 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

Important dates to know

Applications will be accepted up until February 24, 2020. To learn more and access the application guide and form, visit Canada Summer Jobs 2020. 

The earliest job start date is May 11, 2020, and the latest is July 20, 2020. The latest job end date is August 28, 2020.

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