I am pleased to announce changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need. This program will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age. Canada’s small businesses increasingly depend on the employment of young Canadians. The changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program will help small businesses hire and keep the workers they need so they can continue to deliver essential services.
The temporary changes to the program for this year include:
- an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee
- an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021
- allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
- allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis
These changes will help youth stay connected to the labour market, save money for their future, and find quality jobs. This includes a six-month, interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans. The Canada Summer Jobs program provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills within the not-for-profit, small business, and public sectors, and supports the delivery of key community services. Applications for Canada Summer Jobs program have now closed.