Trudeau Announces Changes to Canada Summer Jobs Program

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program.  The program provides approximately 70,000 jobs for youth between age 15, and 30 years of age.

“Small businesses and community organizations are the backbone of our economy, and a critical lifeline for communities across this country,” Trudeau said.  The adjustments are as follows:

  • an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee
  • an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021
  • allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
  • allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis

In these extraordinary times, we realize the impacts and small businesses, not -for-profit organizations, and public sector employers have on our economy, and our communities,” Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough said.  The program allows youth to build and develop skills in the not-for-profit sector.

75% Wage Subsidy Standards  to be”Relaxed”

Trudeau also used his daily address to indicate the 75% federal wage subsidy program would be relaxed.  Businesses will soon be qualify showing a 15% loss in revenues in March, instead of comparing it to 2019.  When charities apply, they will also be able to include revenues from government in their calculations.