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2021 Summer Experience Program (SEP)

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Municipalities, and First
Nations for Summer Employment Opportunities for Youth

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Government of Ontario - Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries; Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services - Citizenship and Immigration Division

Deadline Date:

01/20/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit and indigenous organizations, municipalities, and First Nations communities to provide summertime work experiences for youth. Eligible program sectors for employment include heritage, tourism, sports and recreation, culture, immigration, and citizenship. SEP employment opportunities must offer training, work experience, and skills transferable to the general workforce and to future careers.

The Summer Experience Program (SEP) provides funding to eligible organizations, municipalities and communities to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students.

Employment positions must:

  • Focus on activities supporting key sectors within either the:
    • Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
    • Citizenship and Immigration Division of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Offer training, work experience and skills transferable to the general workforce and to future careers

For Ministry priorities for each of the industries, see page 3 of the Program Guidelines document.

The objectives of SEP are:

  1. To provide quality, supervised work experience for students in summer positions that develop skills that are career-related and transferable to the general labour market.
  2. To make positions available in communities throughout the province, particularly in areas of high unemployment (i.e. Northern Ontario).
  3. To enable greater access to summer employment for students through an accessible and transparent recruitment process.
  4. To provide transfer payments to eligible organizations within the key sectors noted above to support their capacity to deliver summer service and specific projects that align with the Ministry priorities outlined below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 142746

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding per position is $3,723.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include:

- Not-for-profit organizations
- Municipalities
- Indigenous organizations
- First Nations communities

Organizations must be legally incorporated or be band councils established under the Indian Act, Canada. Due to the limited number of positions, priority may be given to applicant organizations that have not previously received SEP funding.

Students hired by eligible organizations must:

- Be currently enrolled in a secondary, or post-secondary institution or within six months of graduation
- Be over 15 and under 25 years old by the start of the employment period (or up to 29 years for persons with a disability as described in section 10 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19)
- Be given a minimum full time employment contract length of 246.5 hours or 34 days at 7.25 hours per day
- Provide proof of student enrolment to the employer
- Be residents of Ontario during the period of employment
- Be eligible to work in Canada and have a social insurance number (SIN)
- Live in Ontario when they start work

Pre-Application Information:

You must submit your application by January 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

It is strongly advised that organizations new to Transfer Payment Ontario this year complete the registration process no later than January 6, 2021 to avoid potential delays in submitting an application.

To download the guidelines document, see here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For information about the Summer Experience Program, you can contact your local regional development advisor or email

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