The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on all Canadians, but especially on young Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada continues to make historic investments to ensure that youth have the supports and opportunities they need to build long and successful careers.
Today, the President of the Treasury Board and the Member of Parliament for Québec, Jean‑Yves Duclos, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that tens of thousands of Canada Summer Jobs opportunities are now available at jobbank.gc.ca/youth.
More than 2,000 of these job opportunities have been made available to youth in the Quebec City region. They are good-quality jobs in the restaurant industry, the retail industry and the hospitality sector, among others. The majority offer salaries above the current minimum wage.
In response to the pandemic, the Government is giving employers the flexibility to hire youth to work on a full-time or part-time basis, as well as beyond the summer months, with some placements extending to February 2022.
This year’s record-breaking number of job opportunities will help young Canadians discover different careers, gain meaningful experience and save up for school.
Through Budget 2021, the Government committed an additional $5.7 billion over the next five years to help young Canadians pursue and complete their education, acquire new skills and access more work opportunities. This is on top of the $7.4 billion already invested to support young Canadians during the pandemic. Thousands more young Canadians will be able to benefit from the following historic Government investments:
- approximately 37,000 new job placements through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy over the next two years;
- 220,000 job placements through Canada Summer Jobs over the program’s 2021 and 2022 seasons;
- an expected 50,000 work-integrated learning placements through the Student Work Placement Program in 2021-22;
- at least 85,000 work-integrated learning placements through Mitacs programs over the next five years, starting in 2021-22; and
- 28,000 training and work opportunities for young Canadians through the Canada Digital Technology Adoption program in 2021-22.
Taken together, the Government of Canada’s response to the current crisis represents one of the largest youth support packages in the world.
“This year’s Canada Summer Jobs program goes above and beyond to help support young Canadians through this pandemic. With a record-setting 150,000 job opportunities, more young Canadians across the country will be able to find a job and gain meaningful experience that they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives. There is only one way to describe the investments we have made and continue to make in young Canadians: groundbreaking. Our plan for a strong economic recovery includes youth and recognizes their important role in our future. We will always be there to support the next generation.”
– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough
“Over the past decade, many young Canadians have found themselves unemployed or underemployed. Many of them have also been adversely affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic. Thanks to the Canada Summer jobs program, we are there to support them, as promised. The program will make it possible for more students in Québec to find work this summer.”
– President of the Treasury Board and the Member of Parliament for Québec, Jean-Yves Duclos
More than 150,000 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) opportunities were made available to young Canadians as of April 26, 2021, across a wide variety of fields, including community and charity work, food industries, recreation and fitness, marketing and public relations, landscaping, and farm labour.
CSJ is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which helps youth, particularly those facing barriers, to gain the skills and experience they need to successfully transition to the labour market. The program strives to give young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 paid work opportunities so that they can grow professionally and improve their skills in the not-for-profit, small business and public sectors. It also supports the delivery of key community services to Canadians.
In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, temporary flexibilities similar to those introduced for CSJ 2020 are available this year to ensure that even more young Canadians can apply. These include:
- an increased wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can receive up to 75% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee (not-for-profit organizations will continue to receive 100%);
- an extension to the end date for employment to February 26, 2022; and
- allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.
The CSJ 2021 call for employer applications closed on February 3, 2021. Over 50,000 applications were received during the call, representing more than 240,000 jobs requested. More than 42,700 projects have been funded, representing more than 152,000 job opportunities.
CSJ-funded jobs started as early as April 26, 2021. The last possible date for a work placement to start is January 15, 2022. The latest end date for all CSJ jobs, subject to agreement length, is February 26, 2022.