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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:


 
Student Work Placement Program ("SWPP") 

Program Overview

  • The SWPP gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. In light of COVID-19, the government made changes to the program that will be in effect until March 31, 2021. 
  • Employers are now eligible to receive a 75% wage subsidy (to a maximum of $7500) for every qualifying student hired. Start dates and the duration of placements are also now more flexible.

Eligibility

  • The employer must be a non-governmental registered business, organization or post-secondary education institution that is able to hire and pay a student and provide them meaningful work.
  • The student must be a Canadian Resident or a protected person (as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) who is registered as a post-secondary student. International students and employer’s immediate family members are ineligible.

How to Apply

  • There are 10 partner organizations responsible for managing the wage subsidies. Applicants should contact those organizations directly to learn more about their respective funding and timelines.

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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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Closed Programs


Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (“YESS”)

Program Overview

  • Approximately $153.7 million was provided to YESS to offer flexible employment services and support to Canadian youth.
  • This funding was provided to organizations to deliver a range of support to youth facing barriers to employment and created approximately 6,000 additional jobs.

How to Apply

  • The call for applications is now closed.

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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.
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  • 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 the country who are facing challenges due to COVID-19.

Eligibility

  • Existing Futurpreneur Start-up Program clients were eligible for loan payment coverage for up to six months, from March 25, 2020 to September 24, 2020.
  • In addition, Futurpreneur offered 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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