Again this year, employers are invited to submit applications to request funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program. The program has two objectives: to help thousands of young people acquire job experience in their communities, and to support employers from the not-for-profit, public and small-business sectors who need additional employees during the summer months. We believe this is an advantageous program for both students and employers.
Beginning today, local employers will have the opportunity to apply online for funding in order to hire students this summer. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees can receive a wage subsidy covering up to 50% of minimum wage in New-Brunswick. Not-for-profit organizations are eligible for funding to cover the student’s entire wage, meaning they can benefit from having young employees at no cost.
Since it was first launched, the Canada Summer Jobs initiative has helped more than 330,000 students. These students have the opportunity to earn money while gaining the job experience they need. The program also ensures that communities can support local priorities, such as cultural events, by hiring students. Employers also have a unique opportunity to train students and mentor them, and maybe even guide them toward a career path.
The process is simple. For more information, visit servicecanada.gc.ca/csj, fill out the form, and submit your application online. You may also apply by mail. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.