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Government incentive for creating summer jobs for students

Published by Julia Salerno, January 30, 2012.

The Canadian government's Canada Summer Jobs program provides funding to not-for-profit, public-sector 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 program is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

The application process opens February 1 and closes February 29, 2012. Application selections are based on the following criteria:
• Service to local communities;
• jobs that support local priorities;
• jobs that provide career-related experience or early work experience;
• jobs with a salary that contributes to the student's income;
• employers who provide supervision and mentoring;
• project activities that are directed toward members of, and support the vitality of, an official language minority community; and
• employers who intend to hire priority students (students with disabilities, Aboriginal students and students who are members of visible minority groups).

Public -sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible to receive up to 50 per cent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage. For more information on this program, visit

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