Canada's NDP


April 15th, 2020

Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program

Millions of Canadians have felt the direct impact of COVID-19, this includes many businesses and community organizations that continue to navigate the new and changing economic landscape. As the summer quickly approaches many young people are looking for job opportunities. This employment is at risk as so many of our small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations will be unable to afford to hire many summer students due to the COVID-19 related financial strain they have suffered.

That is why we pushed the government to implement temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program.
The temporary changes to the program for this year include:

  • an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee
  • an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021
  • allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
  • allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis

MP office have also been tasked to identify organizations that have been deemed as offering critical services. Once organizations are identified by MPs and being eligible for the program, Service Canada may be in touch with them to solicit an application depending on several factors; this is highly contingent on the number of organizations that have already applied within the constituency. If Service Canada contacts the organization, further instructions will be provided outlining how to apply for funding as well as funding totals that they may be eligible for.

Program eligibility criteria can be found here

If you believe your organization or business could provide young people in our community with a valuable job experience, and you either applied, but need more positions or you didn’t believe you qualified and now do, please contact us at