Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs 2020

Program overview

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people— particularly those facing barriers to employment—gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market. CSJ is delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

The program provides wage subsidies to private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, employers from not-for-profit organizations and the public-sector, to create quality summer work experiences for young people between the ages of 15 and 30. This provides them with opportunities to develop and improve their skills and responds to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth including those who face unique barriers.

Employer and youth satisfaction levels with the program were high in 2019: 89% of youth and 82% of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with their CSJ 2019 experience.

2020 application period

The CSJ 2020 call for proposals was launched on January 30, 2020 and will close on February 24, 2020.

Support for employers

To support employers, the CSJ 2020 Applicant Guide is available online. This guide provides instructions on how to fill out an application, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria.

Service Canada will automatically post all positions funded by CSJ to and on the mobile app to help employers fill CSJ-funded positions with qualified youth looking for work in their communities. Job Bank is the primary source for information for youth on the availability of positions funded through the program.

Eligibility criteria


Eligible Canadian employers are from the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Private-sector employers must have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada to be eligible. Full-time employees are those working 30 hours or more per week.

Ineligible Canadian employers are 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.

Projects and job activities

Ineligible projects and job activities include:

  • projects consisting of activities that take place outside of Canada;
  • activities that contribute to the provision of a personal service to the employer;
  • partisan political activities;
  • fundraising activities to cover salary costs for the youth participant; or
  • projects or job activities that:
    • restrict access to programs, services, or employment, or otherwise discriminate, contrary to applicable laws, on the basis of prohibited grounds, including sex, genetic characteristics, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression;
    • advocate intolerance, discrimination and/or prejudice; or
    • actively work to undermine or restrict a woman’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.

For more information on local priorities, including the local priorities that have been established for each constituency, consult the Canada Summer Jobs website.