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Support for Businesses - Creating New Jobs and Opportunities for Youth

The Government of Canada is providing targeted support to assist with the creation of employment opportunities for youth during COVID-19. This funding will be delivered through a combination of government programs and partnerships with private organizations. The following provides a brief summary of these government programs, including details relating to eligibility, how to apply and general terms and conditions, as applicable. We will endeavour to update this page on a daily basis. However, for a complete and up to date description, please consult the applicable program webpage. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a Goodmans lawyer. Programs include:


 

Youth Employment and Skills Strategy ("YESS")

Program Overview

  • $153.7 million will be provided to YESS to provide flexible employment services and support to Canadian youth.
  • This funding will be provided to organizations to deliver a range of support to youth facing barriers to employment and will create over 6,000 additional jobs.

How to Apply

  • The call for applications is now closed.

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Student Work Placement Program   

Program Overview

  • $80 million will be provided to support up to 20,000 post-secondary students to obtain paid work experience in their field of study.

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Mitacs and the Business/Higher Education Roundtable

Program Overview

  • $40 million will be provided to Mitacs to fund research and create 5,000 new job placements for students.
  • Existing federal support of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable will be reoriented to create 5,000-10,000 new placements for students.

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Canada Summer Jobs Program 

Program Overview

  • For existing program participants, temporary program changes provide employers with a 100% wage subsidy of provincial minimum wage for youth employees and allow staff to be hired on a part time basis.
  • Funded employers may extend employment dates until February 28, 2021 (previously all funded positions needed to be completed no later than August 28, 2020).

How to Apply

  • Applications for the program are currently closed.

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Young Entrepreneurs

Program Overview

The Government of Canada will provide $20.1 million in funding to Futurpreneur Canada to ensure continued support for young entrepreneurs across Canada who are facing challenges due to COVID-19.

Eligibility

  • Existing Futurpreneur Start-up Program clients will be eligible for loan payment coverage for up to six months, from March 25 through to September 24, 2020.
  • In addition, Futurpreneur will offer a top-up, interest-free loan of up to $10 000 for clients who do not qualify for the CEBA but require extra working capital to help cover operating costs.

How to Apply 

Additional information about the application process for this funding can be found on the Futurpreneur website.

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Youth Employment and Skills Program ("YESP")

Program Overview

  • Up to $9.2 million will be provided to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.
  • Eligible employers may receive 80% of total eligible costs up to a maximum of $14,000. An additional $5,000 is available for youth facing barriers.

Eligibility

  • Eligible employers are agricultural related organizations (farmers, food processors, agriculture non-governmental organizations) who can provide youth with opportunities in agriculture career-related work in Canada
  • Eligible projects must be completed by March 31, 2021.

How to Apply

Employers can apply on or after May 26, 2020 for their project to be considered.

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