Employers can get money from the federal government to hire a summer student

Deadline for funding application for Canada Summer Jobs is February 2, 2018

Kaleigh Martherus (second from left) was one of five summer students who worked last summer at Kawartha Land Trust with funding provided under the Canada Summer Jobs program. The federal government is accepting applications from employers for the 2018 program until February 2, 2018. (Photo: Kawartha Land Trust)
Kaleigh Martherus (second from left) was one of five summer students who worked last summer at Kawartha Land Trust with funding provided under the Canada Summer Jobs program. The federal government is accepting applications from employers for the 2018 program until February 2, 2018. (Photo: Kawartha Land Trust)

The federal government is encouraging employers to hire students this summer under the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The program is available to all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees.

The Canada Summer Jobs program creates summer job opportunities to provide valuable work experience for full-time students aged 15 to 30, who intend to return to their studies in the next school year.

In the Peterborough area, the program has funded 649 jobs in the last two years.

“I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to work with volunteers and staff as dedicated as the members and supporters of Kawartha Land Trust,” says Kaleigh Martherus, who was a student under the 2017 program. “I am happy to say my position as a Student Marketing Assistant was a successful first step in my professional life.”

The federal government’s priorities under the program for 2018 include organizations that support opportunities for women and girls, special events (including summer festivals, community celebrations, and agricultural fairs), areas that do not have many summer jobs and those that experience high seasonal summer populations, and sectors including clean technology, conservation, agriculture and local food security, volunteer, municipalities, not-for-profit, arts and culture, history, tourism, and the skilled trades.

Not-for-profit employers can receive funding to cover 100 per cent of the provincial minimum hourly wage. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada can receive funding to cover 50 per cent of the provincial minimum hourly wage.

All employers may be eligible for additional funding of up to $3,000 per student with disabilities, to accommodate the student within the workplace with personal tools and adaptations that the student requires to accomplish tasks.

The deadline for applications under the Canada Summer Jobs program is Friday, February 2nd.

For more information and to apply, visit the Government of Canada website. Applications can be submitted online, in person, or by mail.

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