Get Government Funding to Hire Summer Interns

By Ryan Weaver
Marketing Analyst

There are compelling arguments for hiring summer interns. They help inject energy into your business, they can help you clean up a backlog of tasks, or fill in for those who have summer vacation plans. For those planning to hire students for summer internships in 2014, Canada Summer Jobs provides Canadian government grants for hiring to employers in order to create summer job opportunities for students.  The program provides up to 50% of wages for private sector employees and up to 100% of wages for public sector employees hired full time for a minimum period of six weeks, to a maximum of 16 weeks.

Canada Summer Jobs Government Grants –Focus
The aim of this program is to provide opportunities for students to receive summer jobs; to support organizations, including those that provide important community services; while recognizing that local circumstances and needs vary considerably.
Canada Summer Jobs Government Grants –Employer Eligibility
In order to qualify for the Canada Summer Jobs government grants employers must meet the following criteria:
  • Operate in Canada and have fewer than 50 full time employees,
  • Not be a Federal/Provincial government department or agency,
  • The position must last for a minimum of 6 weeks, for between 30 to 40 hours per week (some exceptions can be made for those with disabilities and other barriers), beginning no earlier than April 21, 2014.
  • There is no maximum number of participants per company.
Government Grants through Canada Summer Jobs Program –Employee Eligibility
Employees that qualify for Canadian government grants through the Canada Summer Jobs Program must meet the following:
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 30.
  • Be a full time student who is intending on returning to studies in the next school year.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident and eligible to work in Canada.
Canada Summer Jobs Program Government Grants –Funding Amount
Not-for-profit Employers:  Not-for-profit employers are eligible for up to 100% of the provincial/ territorial adult minimum wage.
For-Profit (public and private sector) employers:  Employers from the private sector are can receive up to 50% of the minimum wage offered in their province or territory.
*Check appropriate provincial or territorial authority to learn about the most up to date wage information.
**Not for profit employers are also eligible to receive funding to cover the cost of MERC’s while for profit employers will not be eligible for such coverage.

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Find out more about the Canada Summer Jobs Program, or Visit Mentor Works to learn more about additional business grants and loans programs available to your business.

Don't Forget. Deadline January 31st!