Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:

  • provides work experiences for students;
  • supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2016 will be from January 4, 2016 to February 26, 2016.


Eligible Employers

Employers from the not-for-profit, public and private sector may apply for wage subsidies.

Private sector employers must have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada to be eligible. Full-time employees are those working 30 hours or more per week.

Not-for-profit Employers

Entities under the “not-for-profit” category are established for purposes other than financial gain for their members. This category includes:

  • churches and religious organizations;
  • community, charitable or voluntary organizations;
  • associations of workers or employers as well as professional and industrial organizations;
  • Chambers of Commerce;
  • labour management and adjustment committees;
  • bands, tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations established on a “not-for-profit” basis;
  • ad hoc groups established on a “not-for-profit” basis, including groups representing clients; and,
  • cooperatives recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as registered charities and non-profit organizations pursuant to paragraph 149 (1) (f) and (l) of the Income Tax Act.

Public Sector Employers

Public sector employers include public health and public educational institutions. This category includes:

  • public hospitals, nursing homes, senior citizen homes, rehabilitation homes, etc.;
  • public community colleges and vocational schools;
  • public degree-granting universities and colleges;
  • school boards and their elementary and secondary institutions; and,
  • band schools.

Public sector employers also include municipal governments; the term “municipal governments” includes:

  • municipal and regional legislative bodies and departments; and,
  • municipal and regional agencies and institutions that receive more than 50% of their operating revenue from municipal or regional government contributions or appropriations.

Private Sector Employers

Private sector entities are established in order to generate a profit or to provide an economic advantage to their proprietors, members or shareholders. This category includes:

  • bodies, incorporated or unincorporated, including partnerships and sole proprietorships;
  • cooperatives;
  • self-employed persons;
  • Aboriginal organizations established on a “for-profit” basis;
  • federal Crown corporations operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes as indicated in Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act;
  • provincial/territorial Crown corporations recognized as operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes;
  • private health and educational institutions; and,
  • independent owners of franchise.