Canada Summer Jobs Program open to farmers

Some changes made in response to COVID job losses kept from last year

Farmers and agricultural businesses can apply for wage subsidies through the Canada Summer Jobs Program until January 29.

The program will pay qualifying businesses up to 75 per cent of the provincial minimum hourly wage to provide summer jobs for people between age 15 and 30.

Last year public health order closed businesses and put many summer jobs in jeopardy. The federal government offered to provide 100 per cent of summer employees’ salaries, up from 50 per cent the year before.

This year, while businesses will drop to 75 per cent subsidy, not-for-profits will continue to get 100 per cent of workers’ salaries, said a government spokesperson in an emailed statement.

Similar to last year, workers can stay on the job until late February. They can also be hired for part-time work.

The federal government has also said it will fund up to 120,000 student jobs in 2021, up from 80,000 last year.

Farmers and agricultural businesses that meet program criteria can apply for the funding. Criteria include having 50 or fewer employees across Canada and the ability to provide quality work experiences for youth.

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