Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

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Canada Summer Jobs 2019 – A Letter to Employers

Canada Summer Jobs 2019

The application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is now open. I want to help employers like you hire youth and create valuable summer job opportunities that strengthen our local economy and our community.

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.

  • Fewer barriers to good quality jobs: expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
  • Updated eligibility criteria: the eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding
  • Better job matching: 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.

This year the government has made it easier than ever to apply for CSJ funding. Everything can be submitted online through our Government Grants and Contributions Online Service. You can complete the application at your leisure and track its status once it has been submitted.

Funding is available for not-for-profit organizations and public and private sector employers with 50 or fewer employees. If you are a non-profit organization you can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage, as well as employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

CSJ focuses on local priorities, and I am also encouraging more employers to come forward with applications that support and complement a number of national priorities. These include:

  1. Organizations that provide services to, and that express an intent to hire, youth who self-identify as being part of the groups which are underrepresented or have additional barriers to the labour market;
  2. Opportunities for youth to gain work experience related to the skilled trades;
  3. Opportunities for youth in rural areas, remote communities and Official Language Minority Communities;
  4. Small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs; and
  5. Organizations which deliver supports or services to seniors.

I know many of you have hired youth in the past and know how beneficial it was to your organization. As community leaders, you also know how important a summer job is to help develop the skills and experience needed to start a career and join the workforce. By participating in CSJ you are helping the young people of your area gain those skills and the confidence needed for a bright future.

I encourage you to take advantage of this program and apply for funding by January 25th, 2019.

For more 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.

Sincerely,

Catherine McKenna

MP for Ottawa Centre