Apply now to hire a youth this summer through Canada Summer Jobs!

Canada Summer Jobs 2022 is a wage subsidy program that can help your business create summer jobs for youth between the ages of 15 and 30, focusing on those who face barriers to employment. 

Deadline to apply: January 25, 2022

Quick facts:

  • The program is not restricted to students – it includes all youth between age of 15 and 30.
  • The wage subsidy reimbursement is up to 50% of the provincial minimum wage.
  • Funded employers must offer full-time placements (minimum 30 hours per week) for at least 6 weeks.
  • Employers must ensure compliance with health and safety measures in accordance with municipal, provincial, and federal public health guidance.  
  • Employers and youth participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their experience with the Canada Summer Jobs program. Completion is mandatory for employer participants but optional for the youth participants. However, the employer must provide the youth with the questionnaire.
  • All Canada Summer Jobs-funded positions will be posted on the Job Bank. 
  • The subsidy is only available for new hires. Youth cannot be hired before approval is received from Service Canada, and they cannot start before April 25, 2022.
  • Wages of a family member will only be reimbursed if the program is satisfied, and agrees in writing before commencement of the job, that the participant is the best candidate for the job and their hiring was not the result of favouritism. 


The government sets out several criteria to apply for funding, including: 

  • You must have 50 or fewer full-time (30 hours or more/week) employees across Canada;
  • You must provide full-time work experience in Canada for a minimum of 6 weeks between April 25, 2022, and September 3, 2022
  • The job must provide meaningful work experience for the youth, supporting skills acquisition and development
    • See here for more information about what the government considers to be a “quality job placement”
  • You must provide an inclusive, non-discriminatory work environment that respects the rights of all Canadians.
  • You must be registered with CRA and have a payroll deductions program account (RP) prior to hiring through the Canada Summer Jobs program. 

When making your application, it’s important to demonstrate a link between the job tasks and responsibilities and the national and local priorities.

National Priorities:

  • Youth who left high school early and who are not in employment, education, or training
  • Black and racialized youth
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Indigenous youth
  • Small businesses that self-report as having leadership from groups that are underrepresented in the labour market

Local priorities are determined by constituency. You can find out what the priorities are in your area by visiting the local priorities information page

How to apply

The application deadline is January 25, 2022, at 12pm (noon) Pacific Standard Time/3 pm Eastern Standard Time

There are 4 ways to apply:

It is strongly recommended to use either the online fillable applications or GCOS, as in-person and mailed applications could be impacted by COVID-19-related office closures. 

Further application information, including addresses, is available on the Canada Summer Jobs site

Important dates to know

Applications will be accepted up until January 25, 2022, at 12pm (noon) PST. To learn more and access the application guide and form, visit Canada Summer Jobs 2022.

The earliest job start date is April 25, 2022, and the latest is July 24, 2022. The latest job end date is September 3, 2022.

The deadline to submit a payment claim is 30 days after the last day of the Canada Summer Jobs placement.

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