Hire a Youth This Summer Through Canada Summer Jobs

Hire a youth this summer through Canada Summer Jobs
 Courtesy Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Courtesy Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2024 is a business wage subsidy program designed to help pay the salaries for summer jobs created for youth between the ages of 15 and 30. The program is not restricted to students; it provides incentives to businesses that offer roles to youth facing barriers to employment, or that meet certain national priorities. Businesses can receive a reimbursement of up to 50% of the provincial/territorial minimum wage.


Deadline to apply: January 10, 2024. (11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time for online applications)

Notification of funding confirmations: Starting April 2024


Quick facts:
  • 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 22, 2024
  • 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 CSJ 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 automatically posted on the Job Bank.
  • Wages of a family member will only be reimbursed if the program 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 (minimum 30 hours per week) in Canada for a minimum of six weeks, and a maximum of 16 weeks, between April 22, 2024, and August 31, 2024.
  • 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 with disabilities
  • Youth who are under-represented in the labour market: black and other racialized youth, Indigenous youth, 2SLGBTQI+
  • Opportunities for youth in rural areas, remote communities, or Official Language Minority Communities
  • Opportunities that offer experience related to the skilled trades, including the residential construction sector
  • Opportunities related to  sustainable jobs that support the protection of the environment or deliver positive environmental outcomes

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 10, 2024, at 11.59pm Pacific Standard Time

There are 4 ways to apply:


It is strongly recommended to use either the online fillable application or GCOS, as in-person and mailed applications could be impacted by 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 10, 2024, at 11.59pm Pacific Standard Time. To learn more and access the application guide and form, visit Canada Summer Jobs 2024.  


The earliest job start date is April 22, 2024, and the latest is July 22, 2024. The latest job end date is August 31, 2024.

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


For questions or clarifications contact Canada Summer Jobs by phone

Toll-free: 1-800-935-5555
TTY: 1-800-926-9105

If you are found to be ineligible for the program, please contact our Business Advisors to share your story. We also encourage you to contact your MP, to let them know how being declined for the program will impact your business.

Membership with the CFIB is an included benefit when you join the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC). For more information, visit https://ficdn.ca/memberships.


The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 95,000 members across every industry and region. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. Learn more at cfib.ca.

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