Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) – Canada Summer Jobs Program (2022)


The Canada Summer Jobs program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is:

  • up to 100% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage. In addition, they are eligible for reimbursement of associated Mandatory Employment Related Costs. 
  • up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for public and private sector employers.

The CSJ funding request may be for less than the minimum wage as long as provincial or territorial legislation permits you to do so. Public or private sector employer are not eligible for reimbursement of MERCs.


Employers/ applicants must be:

  • not-for-profit employers, including: Community, charitable or voluntary organizations, including faith-based organizations (for example, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques); Associations of workers or employers as well as professional and industrial organizations; Indigenous not-for-profit organizations; Non-governmental organizations; Unions; Sector councils; and,Not-for-profit Band Councils;
  • public sector employers, including: public health and public educational institutions, municipal governments and other organizations under public ownership, including: (public community colleges and vocational schools; public health, including public hospitals, nursing homes, senior citizen homes, rehabilitation homes; and public libraries; public degree-granting universities and colleges; municipal governments and agencies, including regional legislative bodies and departments; school boards and elementary and secondary institutions; and, territorial governments);
  • private sector employers that have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada. Private sector entities are established in order to generate a profit or to provide an economic advantage to their proprietors, members or shareholders. This category includes: bodies, incorporated or unincorporated, including partnerships and sole proprietorships; financial Institutions; business, incorporated or unincorporated bodies, which include
  • federal Crown corporations operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes as indicated in Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act
  • provincial and territorial Crown corporations recognized as operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes
  • private health and educational institutions; and
  • independent owners of franchises (franchise operators are eligible if there are 50 or fewer full-time employees working full-time in the franchise owner’s operations across Canada, regardless of the number of business numbers involved)
  • Indian Band corporations
  • Private Band Councils
  • private universities or colleges

Ineligible employers:  

  • Members of the House of Commons and the Senate;
  • Federal Government Departments and Agencies;
  • Provincial Departments and Agencies; and,
  • Organizations that engage in partisan political activities.

Youth applicants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Other Things to Note:

Key dates:

  • Applications are due by January 25, 2022.
  • Funding confirmations will be sent to employers starting in April 2022.
  • The earliest job start date is April 25, 2022.
  • The latest job start date is July 24, 2022.
  • The latest job end date is September 3, 2022.
  • The latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the last Canada Summer Jobs-funded work placement.

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