Applications are now open for the Canada Summer Jobs program offered by the Canadian government in an effort to help students find paid work throughout the summer months. The program operates as a wage subsidy for employers so that they can afford to offer employment to secondary and post secondary students while also benefiting local communities and organizations as well.
This unique opportunity not only allows for students to gain experience that they would not usually be available to them, but gives the students an opportunity to seek meaningful employment specific to their own interests and fields.
As stated on the Government of Canada website,“CSJ provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time 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.”
Students also either have to have their Canadian citizenships, be permanent residents, or have refugee protection status. Students will also have to be legally entitled to work in Canada as well.
What is important about CSJ’s objectives is that the opportunity it creates for students to have employment throughout the summer months not only helps the students, but the organizations and communities as well. Through tailoring the application process, the Canadian Government hopes that the employment will be help individual communities; the employment would then be created where it is needed most.
The application process helps make sure that the funding does not go to organizations that don’t, or may not, respect individual human rights.
“In delivering on these objectives, the Government of Canada seeks to ensure that youth job opportunities funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program take place in an environment that respects the rights of all Canadians.”
To make sure that these organizations are equipped to provide students a safe employment experience, the Government of Canada assesses the employers based off of a number of different criteria. As listed on the Government of Canada website, these assessments focus on: jobs that support the provision of services in the community, jobs that support local priorities, jobs that provide career-related experience or early work experience, a salary that contributes to the student’s income, an employer who provides supervision and mentoring, project activities that are directed toward members of, and support the vitality of, an Official Language Minority Community, an employer who intends to hire priority students, including youth who are in underrepresented groups.
Brock University is no stranger to the CSJ program. Some students using the funding as a way to gain employment at the university during the summer months. Through the use of funding, Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being, Co-op, Brock Sports, Youth University and Career and Experiential Learning were all able to hire on students over the previous summer, and it is likely that Brock will continue to hire students due to this funding.
Because deadlines are fast approaching, Brock University departments are encouraged to begin the process of applications. An article for the The Brock News suggests that use the new, centralized internal process to help make sure applications receive the best possible funding. “Interested parties are asked to submit their application to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 22.
A CSJ information session will be available for members of the Brock community on January 19 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, organized by the office of Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey. The session will be taking place in the Welland City Hall Community Room. If interested in attending, advance registration is required.
The final deadline to apply for the program is February 2, 2018, with individual units being notified of by the Government of Canada in April.
More information about CSJ program can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.htm