Summer Jobs Program

This Ontario government program can help you find a summer job. The program provides free services to improve your job-search and self-marketing skills. It also provides a $2/hour wage support for jobs with businesses and farms, as well as with not-for-profit and other community organizations.

What are the age requirements for the students that I hire through the program?

Students must be between the ages of 15 and 30.

What's offered?

The program offers the following:

  • free training on how to develop job-search and self-marketing skills to help you land and keep a job;
  • a $2/hour wage support for businesses and farms, as well as not-for-profit and other community organizations to hire you;
  • jobs that can last up to 16 weeks beginning in April and ending by September 30.

Forms

Employer Application / Contract (PDF)
Employer Claim Form (PDF)
Participant Information Form (PDF)
Tips for Employers (PDF)


Frequently Asked Questions – Employers

What are the eligibility criteria of employers for the Summer Jobs program?

In order to participate in the Summer Jobs program and benefit from the $2/hour hiring incentives, there are certain conditions:

  • Your business must be registered in Ontario
  • You must provide WSIB or alternative coverage
  • You must have third-party liability insurance
  • You cannot hire the student(s) before applying for the program
  • You cannot displace existing staff with students hired through the program
  • You cannot receive government funds from any other program for the same student or job placement
  • You cannot be related to the student(s) you are hiring (for example, son, daughter, spouse, brother or sister)

What are the age requirements for the students that I hire through the program?

Students must be between the ages of 15 and 24, or up to 29 for persons with disabilities as defined by the Human Rights Commission.

Can I receive a hiring incentive for a student who works part-time for my business during the school year?

You may receive a hiring incentive for a student whose part-time job (24 hours per week or less) will be increased to full-time (35 hours per week or more) while participating in the Summer Jobs program.

Can I receive a hiring incentive for a student who works part-time during the summer?

Both full-time and part-time jobs are acceptable.

When does the program begin and end?

All subsidized jobs may begin on April 1st of each year and end by September 30.  The duration of the incentive may vary in length, but may not exceed 16 weeks.

How much do I have to pay the student?

Student wages are up to the discretion of the employer; however, as for all regular employees, the employer must fulfill the terms and conditions of the Employment Standards Act, including minimum wage provisions.