The application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is now open. I want to help employers hire youth and create valuable summer job opportunities that strengthen our local economy and our community.
Funding is available for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. If you are a non-profit organization, you can receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial minimum hourly wage, as well as employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 per cent of the minimum hourly wage.
Since 2016, the Canada Summer Jobs program has brought $2.4 million to employers in Nipissing-Timiskaming to hire up to 778 students. Last summer, the total investment in Northern Ontario was estimated at more than $6 million, which created 2,000-plus positions.
Following feedback from stakeholders across the country, updates have been made for CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs.
- Expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
- The eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding.
- All positions will be posted on gc.ca and on the app, to get the word out and help match young people with employers and good quality jobs.
I encourage you to take advantage of this program and apply for funding by Jan. 25, 2019.
If you would like to learn more, I invite you to attend one of two information sessions:
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
North Bay Museum (upstairs meeting room)
100 Ferguson St.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
New Liskeard Community Hall
90 Whitewood Ave. West
For information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit Canada.ca/Canada-summer-jobs, a Service Canada Office or call 1-800-935-5555.