Funding to hire students

February 18, 2016 - Tags: Financing

This guest blog post is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada, which strives to build a more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians' quality of life.

Over the last ten years, good quality jobs for young Canadians have been harder and harder to find. The current youth unemployment rate is almost twice the national average‎ making it harder for youth to get the work experience they need to kick start their careers and contribute fully to the economy.

The Government of Canada is responding to this need and encouraging employers to take action.

Starting this year, the Government of Canada is doubling its investment in the Canada Summer Jobs program to support the hiring of up to 70,000 students across the country (compared to 34,000 in 2015). This means more opportunities for employers to create meaningful jobs that will benefit students, communities and local economies.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (with 50 or fewer employees) to help create summer job opportunities for students aged 15-30 that focus on local community priorities, such as sporting and cultural events, and a number of national priorities including:

  • Employers who help welcome and settle Syrian refugees to Canada as well as Syrian students
  • Indigenous people
  • Small businesses working to become more innovative, competitive and successful
  • Cultural and creative industries looking to create jobs and to strengthen our rich Canadian identity, specifically those that support the planning of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017

Under the program, public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage. Not-for-profit employers can receive even more, with up to 100 percent of the minimum hourly wage covered as well as employment-related costs.

Employers looking to hire full-time workers this summer now have an extra 2 weeks until March 11th to apply for funding to help pay student wages. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as May 2016.

For more information and to apply online for funding, visit Funding: Canada Summer Jobs.

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