Canada Summer Jobs 2017 is now accepting applications from employers

John Oliver with Students
Canada Summer Jobs 2017 is now accepting applications from employers

To get a greater number of Canadian youth working next summer during Canada’s 150th anniversary year, all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding from the Government of Canada.

In Oakville, over $1 million in funding was received this past year creating 352 summer jobs. The summer jobs in Oakville ranged from engineering and business administration to camp counselling and grounds keeping. Beneficiaries were located across the riding of Oakville, from Bristol Circle to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Employers are also invited to include applications that complement this year’s identified national priorities, which include:

  1. employers involved in the welcome and settlement of immigrants (including Syrian refugees) in Canada;
  2. employers that hire Indigenous people;
  3. opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and
    Information, and Communications Technology (ICT);
  4. employers involved in activities celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of
    Confederation; and
  5. small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of new jobs.

The application period runs until January 20, 2017. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as April 2017.

Summer Jobs applications will be available at Service Canada Centres and online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj. Employers will be able to complete and submit their applications online, by mail or in person. To support employers, the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant guide for 2017 is also available online for download to provide instructions on filling out an application, eligibility requirements, and assessment criteria.

The Canada Summer Jobs Program allows young Canadians, now more than ever, access to meaningful/substantive work at the beginning of their careers. With many young people having difficulty finding work experience within their fields, the Canada Summer Jobs is one way in which the Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to helping youth overcome barriers to employment. These students are gaining valuable experience as they work towards transitioning to the labour market, and Oakville has been remarkably fortunate to have received such significant support from the federal government.

Any questions employers have regarding their application can be forwarded to 1-800-935-5555 or servicecanada.gc.ca/csj.


  1. Budget 2016 added $113 million per year for three years to the existing CSJ base funding of $107.5 million.
  2. CSJ has helped provide more than 400,000 student jobs since its inception.
  3. Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial minimum
    hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs.


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