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Funding to Hire Youth
Canada Summer Jobs is advertising non-repayable (grant) funding for businesses with less than 50 employees, as well as not-for-profit (including religion-operates daycare) and public sector organizations to hire new employees 15-30 years of age. The subsidy is 50% for businesses and 100% for non-profits of the provincial minimum wage (e.g., $14.35/hr. in Ontario). Employment must be for a minimum 30 hrs./wk. to a maximum of 40 hrs./wk. extending 6 to 23 weeks. Positions can begin April 25, 2022 or end not later than September 3, 2022. Eligible employees (i.e., Youth) are Canadian citizens or protected refugees (as defined under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act), between the ages of 15 and 30. Requests for funding will be evaluated on the position(s):
- Provision of quality work experience including a commitment of planned supervision and a strong possibility of continued employment.
- Opportunity for skills development. For example, having a trainee mentoring plan plus a training plan covering transferrable skills such as client services, communication, teamwork, digital skills, leadership, etc.
- Respond to national priorities, e.g., hiring visible minorities, LGBTQ2 youth, Indigenous persons, new immigrant/refugees or a person with a disability, women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, youth who have not completed high school or are applying for their first job, members of, and supporting the vitality of, an official-language minority community and those in rural and remote communities. Another national priority is for offering positions that protest and conserve the environment.
- Support local priorities and constituencies.
Businesses can receive incentives for more than one employee so long as they do not exceed the maximum funding amount of $300,000. Additional support is available for indigenous and disabled youth. Deadline to apply is January 25, 2022: however, program funding is usually committed sooner.
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