Please Note: Canada Summer Jobs is no longer accepting applications for 2018 hires; however, other grants may be available. To learn more about funding for hiring, please use Mentor Works’ Wage Subsidy Identifier.

The Canada Summer Jobs program is a Canadian government grant that offers support for employers providing supervised career-related work experience for young employees. The experiences gained through funded placements should further develop their skills and knowledge, preparing them to make a transition into post-graduation employment. Canada Summer Jobs specifically supports youth who are returning to school in the fall.

  • Amount: Public and private sector employers can receive hiring grants up to 50% of employee minimum hourly rate. Non-profits can receive grants up to 100% of minimum wage plus Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs). This amount is capped at a maximum $300,000 per employer/province or territory. Maximum 40 hours/week/employee can be included.
  • Timeline: Closed; program expected to re-open in January 2019.
  • Eligibility: Businesses, non-profits, and public sector employers under 50 employees. Positions must be full-time (30+ hours/week) and span for 6-16 weeks.
  • Candidate Focus: Secondary and post-secondary students returning to school after the summer semester.

Canadian Government Funding for Small Business