Funding applications open for Canada Summer Jobs
Canada Summer Jobs 2022 has been officially launched.
Canadian employers and small businesses have been hit hard. In Kootenay-Columbia and everywhere across this country, businesses are facing challenges hiring the staff they need. Young people are looking for good quality jobs that will help them earn money, grow professionally, and build their careers.
“As your Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia and more importantly as a member of this community, I’m happy to announce the launch of the 2022 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers. CSJ is a program that strives to help youth (15–30 years of age) obtain their first summer work experience. This year, the program is aiming to create up to 100,000 full-time summer jobs for young people across Canada – this is 40% more than pre-pandemic targets,” stated Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison.
“This program is a win-win for local businesses and youth. Public and private sector employers will be reimbursed for up to 50% of British Columbia’s minimum wage, and not-for-profit employers will be fully reimbursed British Columbia’s minimum wage. At the same time, young people in Kootenay-Columbia will gain experience they need and make money at the same time.”
This year, employers across Canada are invited to submit applications that complement this year’s national priorities.
The priorities focus on supporting employers that intend to hire youth who have not completed high school or are not currently enrolled in an education or training program, as well as youth from under-represented groups, which includes black, Indigenous and racialized young people, and those living with disabilities.
Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that self-report as having leadership from groups that are underrepresented in the labour market will also be supported.
For Kootenay-Columbia, the program also supports local priorities which focus on supporting employers that intend to hire youth for jobs in the field of agricultural, forestry, fishing or hunting, as well as those looking for work in the accommodation and food services sector. Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that offer programs or supports to seniors and youth will also be supported, as projects taking place in a rural or remote area.
“The CSJ program can do so much for our community. I strongly encourage Kootenay-Columbia’s employers to submit their applications electronically via either the online fillable application or the Grants and Contributions Online Service as soon as possible,” MP Morrison stated.
Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and private-sector businesses in Kootenay-Columbia with 50 or fewer full-time employees will have until January 25, 2022 to apply for funding to hire a young person to work over the summer.
For more information on CSJ, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit www.canada.ca/canadasummerjobs, a Service Canada Office or by calling 1-800-935-5555.