Canada Summer Jobs application window for employers still open

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

While businesses across the country are feeling the crunch of the COVID-19 pandemic and staff shortages, the federal government is once again stepping in to help out for the summer.

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is currently accepting applications from employers who are looking to make use of the service. The employer application window closes on January 25, leaving interested businesses with just under two weeks to make an account and apply. The program is under the government’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, and aims to provide services to help young Canadians “develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market,” according to the government’s website. the program provides wage subsidies to employers from the private sector, along with public sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees and not-for-profit organizations, helping to create summer work positions for those between the ages of 15 and 30.

According to the government, they have committed to creating 100,000 CSJ jobs in 2022 to keep the program responsive both to the needs of employers and those youth looking for jobs. Jobs created through the program must be a minimum of 30 hours per week and last at least 6 weeks, ending by September 3, 2022.

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski stressed the benefit of the program, particularly as it helps out small businesses and students in northwestern Ontario, where there may not be as many options available.

“This program has helped so many young people in Northwestern Ontario over the years,” Powlowski said.

“Small businesses, the not-for-profit sector and public sector employers continue to play a crucial role in the success of this program. Creating more job opportunities for young Canadians has never been more important than now. By working together, we will make a difference for young people everywhere and work toward building a stronger Canada.”

In a release from the government, Carla Qualtrough, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, lauded the CSJ program as a way to ensure young Canadians get a strong foundation from which they can build their future.

“Canada Summer Jobs has a major role in supporting employers and youth during these unprecedented times,” Qualtrough said.

“For many young people, summer jobs are their first work experience, one that teaches them the value of leadership, skill building, teamwork and resilience. For employers, a young worker can be an invaluable asset to their team, adding a new and fresh perspective into all areas of the workplace. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s approved projects, which will make a real difference in the lives of so many Canadians.”

According to the government, the 2022 CSJ program is prioritizing organizations that “provide services to or intend to hire youth who self-identify as being part of underrepresented groups or as having additional barriers to entering or staying in the labour market,” as well as:

  • opportunities offered by organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities or intend to hire youth with disabilities;
  • opportunities for youth in rural areas, remote communities, or official language minority communities;
  • opportunities offered by organizations that focus on protecting and conserving the environment; and
  • opportunities offered by employers impacted by COVID-19, in particular small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs.

Employers interested in applying to the 2022 Canada Summer Jobs program can go to the Government Grants and Contributions Online Services portal at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/gcos.html. Through an online application, in-person or by mail. For information and instructions for applying outside of the aforementioned portal, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html.