Deadline Extended to Apply for Canada Summer Jobs Funding

NANAIMO –The deadline for employers to apply for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program has been extended by two weeks, until February 3, 2017.

“The deadline extension is great news for employers who haven’t yet had a chance to apply for funding to hire a summer student,” said Nanaimo—Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson. “This money helps create valuable work experience opportunities for students while strengthening our local economy.”

The federal program helps employers hire summer students between the ages of 15 and 30 by funding up to 50% of the minimum hourly wage for public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, and up to 100% for non-profits.

This year, Nanaimo—Ladysmith will be receiving a total of $564,419 in CSJ funding. Last year, the CSJ program supported 173 positions and a total of 92,153 employment hours in the riding.

2017 funding will allocated based on national and local priorities, including; First Nations organizations and educational institutions, skilled trades, environmental protection, summer programs and camps for children and youth, and arts and culture.

Canada Summer Jobs applications are available online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj and at Service Canada Centers. Specific questions about CSJ applications can be answered directly by Service Canada officials by calling 1-800-935-5555.