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Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Funding

Grants to Canada Nonprofits, Agencies and Small
Businesses to Hire Students for Summer Employment

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Government of Canada, Service Canada

Deadline Date:

02/02/18 23:59 PST online submission, receipt by close of business, or postmarked by date

Description:

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Grants to Canada nonprofit, for-profit, and public sector employers to subsidize wages for jobs worked by high-school and university-level students. Applications are invited from qualifying employers that offer quality summer job experiences for student workers.

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.

By way of five national priorities, CSJ 2018 supports the following:
-Employers who intend to hire youth who are in underrepresented groups, including new immigrant youth/refugees, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities and visible minorities.
-Small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of jobs
-Organizations that support opportunities for official language minority communities
-Organizations that provide services and/or supports for the LGBTQ2 community
-Organization that support opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications and technology (ICT), particularly for women.

The Government of Canada is committed to offering valuable summer work opportunities for students and to support communities in taking action on local priorities. These summer work experiences represent important pathways facilitating future transitions from school to the world of work.

CSJ applicants will be required to attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, color, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The employer attestation for CSJ 2018 is consistent with individual human rights in Canada, Charter rights and case law, and the Government of Canada’s commitment to human rights, which include women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights, and the rights of gender-diverse and transgender Canadians.

The government recognizes that women’s rights are human rights. This includes sexual and reproductive rights — and the right to access safe and legal abortions. These rights are at the core of the Government of Canada’s foreign and domestic policies.

The government recognizes that everyone should have the right to live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose, free from discrimination. The government is committed to protecting the dignity, security, and rights of gender-diverse and transgender Canadians.

The objective of the change is to prevent Government of Canada funding from flowing to organization whose mandates or projects may not respect individual human rights, the values underlying the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law. This helps prevent youth (as young as 15 years of age) from being exposed to employment within organizations that may promote positions that are contrary to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law.

Objectives:

CSJ has three objectives:
-Providing work experiences for students
-Supporting organizations, including those that provide important community services
-Recognizing that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely

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.

Assessment criteria:

The criteria used to assess applications for funding 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 (priority students are students with disabilities, Indigenous students, students who are members of a visible minority and students who are new immigrants/refugees)

Assessment of applications will be carried out on a constituency-by-constituency basis, ensuring that local priorities are considered. Local priorities for each federal electoral constituency are posted on the CSJ website. National priorities are also taken into consideration as part of the above assessment criteria.

Eligible costs:

Wage contribution:

Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Refer to your provincial or territorial legislation to confirm the minimum wage.

An employer may choose to pay more than the minimum wage; however, the percentage reimbursed will apply only to the applicable provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. For example, if a private sector employer pays a student $12.00 per hour in a province where the minimum hourly wage is $10.50, the contribution provided will be 50% of the minimum wage, i.e. $5.25.

Mandatory employment related costs:

Employers are required by law to pay the Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) for their employees. These costs include Employment Insurance premiums, Canada or Quebec Pension Plan contributions, vacation pay, Workers’ Compensation premiums or equivalent liability insurance (if applicable), health insurance and parental insurance premiums in Quebec and Ontario, the Health and Post-Secondary Education Tax in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Health and Education Levy in Manitoba.

For your information, payroll deductions tables can be found on the CRA website. Check with the appropriate provincial or territorial authorities to ensure that you have the most updated rate information.

Not-for-profit employers are eligible for reimbursement of Mandatory Employment Related Costs for up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage in the province or territory where the activities will take place. All other employers are not eligible for funding to cover Mandatory Employment Related Costs, in whole or in part.

Overhead costs - students with disabilities:

All employers may be eligible for additional funding for students with disabilities to accommodate the student within the workplace. However, only personal tools and adaptations and professional support services (e.g. visual language interpreters) that the student requires to accomplish tasks covered under the agreement will be considered eligible.

Eligible activities:

The job must provide meaningful work experience for the student. It must not contribute to the provision of a personal service to the employer (e.g. the job must not involve gardening, domestic services, child care services, etc., for the employer).

To be eligible, the job must respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter) as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, color, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

The students must work in Canada for the entire duration of the approved funding period; work that takes place outside of Canada is ineligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167587

Estimated Size of Grant:

All employers may be eligible for additional funding of up to $3,000 per student with disabilities to accommodate the student within the workplace.

Term of Contract:

The earliest job start date is Monday, April 23, 2018.

The latest job start date is Sunday, July 22, 2018.

The latest job end date is Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Duration and Hours of Work:

The duration of the job must be between six and sixteen weeks. Normally, these weeks are consecutive.

The employer is expected to provide employment for the number of weeks approved. If employment is less than the minimum six weeks duration, the employment may be deemed ineligible (i.e. costs may not be reimbursed).

Jobs must be full-time (i.e. from a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 40 hours per week). Any weeks during which the employer provides fewer than the minimum 30 hours of work may be deemed ineligible.

Under exceptional circumstances, students with disabilities or with other barriers to full-time employment are eligible to work part-time. If applicable, this must be discussed with Service Canada once your application has been approved and the student selected.

Depending on the number of applications and available funding, the agreement may be for fewer jobs, weeks and hours per week than requested in the application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that submitting a complete and eligible application is a requirement for funding, but is not a guarantee of funding.

Eligible employers:

Employers from the not-for-profit, public and private sector may apply for wage contributions under the Canada Summer Jobs initiative.

Private sector employers must have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada to be eligible. Full-time employees are those working 30 hours or more per week.

To be eligible, the core mandate of the organization must respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter) as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, color, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

The attestation is required for the application to be considered complete and eligible for assessment.
Note: That an organization is affiliated with a religion does not itself constitute ineligibility for this program.

Not-for-profit employers:

Entities under the “not-for-profit” category are established for purposes other than financial gain for their members. This category includes:
-Churches, religious and faith-based organizations
-Community, charitable or voluntary organizations
-Associations of workers or employers as well as professional and industrial organizations
-Chambers of Commerce
-Labor management and adjustment committees
-Bands, tribal councils and other Indigenous organizations established on a “not-for-profit” basis
-Ad hoc groups established on a “not-for-profit” basis, including groups representing clients
-Cooperatives recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as registered charities and non-profit organizations pursuant to paragraph 149 (1) (f) and (l) of the Income Tax Act

Public sector employers:

Public sector employers include public health and public educational institutions and municipal governments. This category includes:
-Public hospitals, nursing homes, senior citizen homes, rehabilitation homes, etc.
-Public community colleges and vocational schools
-Public degree-granting universities and colleges
-School boards and their elementary and secondary institutions
-Band schools
-Municipal and regional legislative bodies and departments

Private sector employers:

Private sector entities are established in order to generate a profit or to provide an economic advantage to their proprietors, members or shareholders. This category includes:
-Bodies, incorporated or unincorporated, including partnerships and sole proprietorships
-Cooperatives
-Self-employed persons
-Indigenous organizations established on a “for-profit” basis
-Federal Crown corporations operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes as indicated in Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act
-Provincial and territorial Crown corporations recognized as operating in a competitive environment and not ordinarily dependent on appropriations for operating purposes
-Private health and educational institutions
-Independent owners of franchises

Ineligible employers:

Members of the House of Commons and the Senate, federal government departments and agencies, and provincial and territorial departments and agencies are not eligible for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs initiative.

Note: That an organization is affiliated with a religion does not itself constitute ineligibility for this program.

Note: If an employer is deemed ineligible, their application will not be assessed.

Eligible participants:

To be eligible, students must:
-Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
-Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
-Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
-Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Students hired for a CSJ-funded job cannot displace or replace existing employees or volunteers, employees that have been laid-off and are awaiting recall, or employees absent due to a labor dispute, as per section 12.1(a) of the Articles of Agreement.

It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the students hired meet the eligibility criteria. If an employer hires an ineligible student, a letter of ineligibility of the student will be sent to the employer by email and the costs expended for the student will not be reimbursed.

An employer who has been approved for CSJ funding and has questions about student eligibility may contact Service Canada for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is February 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Applications received or postmarked after the deadline date will not be considered.

You can submit your application online, by mail, or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

Online: Your online application must be submitted by 23:59 (Pacific Standard Time), on February 2, 2018.

In person: Your application must be received before the close of business of the Service Canada Office on February 2, 2018. Consult the Service Canada website for the hours of service of the Service Canada Offices.

By mail: Your application must be postmarked on or before February 2, 2018. Consult the CSJ contact information page.

Local Priorities:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/local-priorities.html

Eligibility:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/eligibility.html

Review Process:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/review.html

Developing Your Application:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/develop-application.html

Application Instructions:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/apply.html

Follow Up:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/follow-up.html

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/before-apply.html

Contact Information:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/contact/canada-summer-jobs.html

Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada Summer Jobs
P.O. Box 12051
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3Z4

Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia
Canada Summer Jobs
PO Box 8000
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 8K1

New Brunswick
Canada Summer Jobs
PO Box 12000
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5G4

Ontario
Canada Summer Jobs
430 Courtneypark Drive E
PO Box 120, 2nd Floor
Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2S5

Quebec
Canada Summer Jobs
1305, Du Blizzard Street
Quebec, Quebec G2K 0A1

Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Manitoba and Territories:
Canada Summer Jobs
270 – 220 4 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4X3

Toll-free: 1-800-935-5555
TTY: 1-800-926-9105

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon