To facilitate the employ of our youth in the City of Kawartha Lakes, those between 15 and 30, including students and summer students, the federal government has changed, temporarily at least, its Canada Summer Jobs program.
Enhanced wage subsidies are now available for these potential employers:
- not-for-profit organizations;
- the public sector; and
- private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada.
What You Need to Know:
- wage subsidy for private and public sector employers has been increased - they are eligible to receive up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage for each employee (previously this was only available to not-for-profit employers);
- the end date of employment has been extended from August 28, 2020 to February 28, 2021 to address delays to the start date of summer jobs caused by the pandemic;
- employers have more flexibility to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services;
- employers may hire on a part-time basis (less than 30 hours per week) (previously employers were required to provide full-time positions, between 30 to 40 hours per week);
- other eligibility requirements remain unchanged, including the necessary time of employee, being between 6 and 16 weeks; and
- placements can begin as of May 11, 2020.
Although the call for Canada Summer Jobs applications for the 2020 season ended on February 28, 2020, the federal government has announced it is attempting to identify organizations providing essential services that could offer youth jobs, but did not previously apply for the program.
The federal government also indicates that it will co-operatively work with employers to ensure that work options reflect public health requirements and advice related to COVID-19.