Canada Summer Jobs funding deadline extended to February 3, 2019

OTTAWA - Employers in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford now have until February 3, 2019, to submit funding applications for Canada Summer Jobs.

“Following feedback from stakeholders across the country, changes have been made for CSJ 2019,”stated MP Alistair MacGregor. “It is my hope that these changes will make it easier for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for youth to access those quality jobs.”

Changes include:

  • Expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
  • Eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding 
  • All positions will now be posted on and on the app, to get the word out and help match young people with employers and good quality jobs.

Not-for-profit employers can receive 100 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public-sector employers and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada can receive 50 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Applications by employers for Canada Summer Jobs are being accepted until February 3rd. Employers can now open an account on the Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, allowing them apply online, track it once it has been submitted and get quicker feedback from Service Canada.
For more information and to apply, please visit or a Service Canada Centre.

“Now is the time for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program. By hiring a young person, you will be helping young Canadians develop their skills and gain valuable workplace experience,” stated MacGregor.

Quick Facts

  • Canada Summer Jobs is under the umbrella of the Youth Employment Strategy which is the Government of Canada’s interdepartmental initiative that seeks to help young people (15 to 30) gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain quality employment.
  • Budget 2018 provided $448.5 million over five years to the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). In addition to funding the modernization of the YES, this additional funding is supporting the continued doubling of the program budget for 2019. Funding in future years will support a modernized Youth Employment Strategy, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment.
  • Budget 2016 provided $339 million for 2016, 2017 and 2018 which doubled the program’s base budget of $107.5M to allow the program to create up to 70,000 jobs per year under CSJ, nearly doubling the number of jobs created prior to since 2015.