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22 April 2020
The federal government has announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs programme in an effort to encourage youth employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government projects that the earmarked C$263 million in funding will create up to 70,000 jobs for young people.
The Canada Summer Jobs programme is intended to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged between 15 and 30 years by providing wage subsidies to the following employers:
The temporary changes to the programme include:
Other eligibility requirements, including the required duration of employment (ie, between six and 16 weeks), currently remain unchanged.
Job placements under the programme can begin as early as 11 May 2020.
The call for Canada Summer Jobs applications for the 2020 season ended on 28 February 2020. However, the government stated that it will work with members of Parliament to identify organisations providing essential services that could offer young people jobs but that did not previously apply for the programme. The government also stated that it will work with employers to ensure that work options reflect public health requirements and advice relating to COVID-19.
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