Chris Bittle

Your member of parliament for

St. Catharines

Chris Bittle

Your member of parliament for

St. Catharines


Investing in Young Canadians

Canada Summer Jobs 2017 now accepting applications from employers

To get a greater number of Canadian youth working next summer during Canada’s 150th anniversary year, all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding from the Government of Canada.

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years old.

In St. Catharines, the priorities focus on Niagara Wine Festival, Niagara Folk Arts Festival, organizations that focus on fighting poverty, organizations that focus on mental health, organizations that focus on the LGBTQ community, and organizations that focus on climate change, but all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Employers are also invited to include applications that complement this year’s identified national priorities, which include:

  • employers involved in the welcome and settlement of immigrants (including Syrian refugees) in Canada;
  • employers that hire Indigenous people;
  • opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information, and Communications Technology (ICT);
  • employers involved in activities celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation; and
  • small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of new jobs.

The application period runs until January 20, 2017. Applicants approved for funding will be able to hire students as early as April 2017.

For further information and to apply, please visit or a Service Canada Centre.

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, which is its commitment to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the labour market.


“The Canada Summer Jobs program is a tremendous opportunity to hire energetic, enthusiastic students and give our youth valuable work experience. This will strengthen our middle class and keep our economy growing. Canada’s prosperity will increasingly depend on young people getting the skills and experience they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“I encourage St. Catharines not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program so that we can help our students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, while earning money for the upcoming school year.”

– Chris Bittle, MP

Quick Facts

  • Not-for-profit employers can receive up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs.
  • Public-sector employers and small businesses with up to 50 employees can receive up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.
  • Canada Summer Jobs has helped provide more than 400,000 student jobs since its inception.


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