Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

ESDC Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2022 initiative delivered by Service Canada on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and is designed to provide wage subsidies to help Canadian employers -- not-for-profit organizations, public-sector and smaller private-sector employers (50 or fewer full-time employees) -- create career-related summer jobs for youth between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of employment. An employee must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with official refugee status, have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment, and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations. All approved jobs will be posted automatically to the Government of Canada’s Job Bank website and app. This will allow youth to find all CSJ-funded jobs in one place and allow employers to reach out to a greater potential audience to find the right person for the job.

What’s New for 2022 Canada Summer Jobs?

The Government has committed to create 100,000 CSJ jobs for youth in 2022 to help ensure that the program remains responsive to the employment needs of youth and employers. For 2022, CSJ is returning to its regular parameters and will offer quality jobs over the summer months. The jobs will need to end by September 3, 2022. Jobs will need to be full time with a minimum of 30 hours a week and a duration of at least 6 weeks. In the context of COVID-19, employers are responsible for ensuring health and safety measures are in place and are in accordance with municipal, provincial and federal public health guidance.

What is covered?

Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage (in NS the applicable minimum wage is $12.95/hour).  Faculty/Staff are responsible for the remainder of the student's salary; this is usually paid out of your research or office accounts.  It is important to note the faculty and staff who receive aproval for funding will have to pay the student(s) out of their research/office accounts and will receive the wage subsidy reimbursement once the contract is complete.  

    How to Apply?

    As in past years, StFX will complete a single, coordinated application for the CSJ program. Individuals seeking CSJ-supported positions to be based at StFX should complete PART B (Job Details) and PART C (funding requested table) of the CSJ application form and return it to Jacqueline MacDonald ( in the Research Services Group. 

    PART A (Employer Information) of the CSJ application form, which is for institutional information, will be completed by Jacqueline MacDonald in the Research Services Group when she compiles all of the individual CSJ applications into one joint institutional application.


    The internal StFX deadline for applications is 5:00 pm AST on Wednesday, January 19th 2022. It will not be possible to process applications received after this date and time as the deadline for StFX to submit the entire application to ESDC is Jan 25th. Please submit your application or any questions to (ext. 2393; Research Services Group, 717 NT). 

    Below are links to all the information you will require to complete an ESDC application this year. You should read this material carefully before completing your Application Form.

    Do not submit your application directly to ESDC.  Please complete the CSJ Application, using the Application Form (complete only Part B and Part C); you must complete a separate application form for each position.  Please email or deliver your completed application form to Jacqueline MacDonald (ext. 2393; Research Services Group, Room 717 NT) on or before January 19th. StFX will submit a collective institutional application; iindividual applications will not be submitted to ESDC.

    The Local Priorities for the Constituency of Central Nova (see below) are favourable for individuals wishing to apply for subsidies of student research assistant positions. StFX applicants for such positions are strongly encouraged to apply. In your application, be sure to explain (where possible) how your proposed position will meet the Assessment Criteria and Local Priorities (see below).

    Local Priorities for the Constituency of Central Nova:

    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting not for profit organizations

    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting local and regional tourism development

    • Support for projects in a specific economic sector: Arts, entertainment and recreation

    • Support for projects in a specific economic sector: Agricultural, forestry, fishing and hunting

    • Support for projects in a specific economic sector: Professional, scientific and technical services

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