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Student Summer Employment Program

Organization: Dept. of Advance Education and Skills
Description: The Student Summer Employment Programs (SSEP) provides funding to assist Private Sector employers and Not-for-Profit Organizations to create summer jobs for students.
Area of Funding:
Post Secondary: minimum subsidy period is five (5) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is 12 weeks. Students must work at least 25 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
High School Students: the minimum subsidy period is four (4) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is eight (8) weeks. Students must work at least 20 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
Maximum Funding Amount:

  • The subsidy for Not-for-Profit Organizations approved under these programs will be 100% of the current minimum wage plus 15% to help cover the mandatory employment related costs (MERCs).
  • The subsidy for private sector employers shall be $5 towards the hourly wage.
  • All payments required by law are the responsibility of the employer, including Income Tax, Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan (CPP), assessments under the Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Act and holiday pay.

Student Work and Service Program (SWASP) 

Organization: Dept. of Advanced Education and Skills
A program that enables students to work in their home community during the summer, develop transferable skills, explore career interests and help nonprofits carry out their programs for a 280-hour placement (8 weeks)
Area of Funding:
students, recreation coordinators, after school programs
Maximum Funding Amount: employers receive $5.00 per hour towards salary plus a $50.00 tuition voucher per week.

Canada Summer Jobs

Organization: Service Canada
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
Area of Funding:
summer students, youth
Maximum Funding Amount: not for profit – up to 100%, Public or Private sector – 50% of minimum wage