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Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs 2021 Program Information

The federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market. The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:

  • provide quality work experiences for youth

  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers

  • provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills

In recognizing that this is a great way to create summer employment opportunities for our students, the University of Windsor will submit one coordinated Canada Summer Jobs application in 2021 that will include all of the individual job proposals received by the University of Windsor’s internal deadline. The application process will be coordinated by Career Development & Experiential Learning in partnership with the Department of Finance.

Please note: that CSJ  agreements must be signed by a representative of the University with the authorization to enter into an agreement and provide the financial details that are required to claim the funds at the end of the program. That said, all CSJ jobs to be hired by the University of Windsor and paid by the Univeristy of WIndsor must follow this process.

How to apply for funding for 2021 summer students to be hired at the University of Windsor:

  • Application deadline is 10:00am on Friday, January 22, 2021.
  • Job proposals may be submitted to Career Development & Experiential Learning using the Online Job Proposal Form

    • If you plan on requesting funding for more than one position, you will need to fill out a new survey for each position.
    • You must have authority to hire and supervise students and have budget oversight to ensure that any students hired through the program can be paid. If you do not have hiring authority and budget oversight, be sure to obtain permission from your department head/director/dean. 

    • Each supervisor can submit up to 3 unique job proposals. If you request funding for more than one position, you will be asked to indicate the order of priority.

    • You may request more than one student to be hired into each job you propose, but your proposal may only be put forward for one incumbent if the total number of requests we receive is significantly higher than the number of jobs typicially approved for our institution.

    • The funding provided may be for fewer jobs, weeks, and/or hours per week than requested in the application. Please ensure you are going to be able to go through with the hire regardless of how many positions/weeks/hours you get approved for. Failure to use all of the funds awarded may affect funding provided to UWindsor through this program in future years.

  • Funding decisions will be made by  Employment and Social Development Canada and communicated in April. 

  • Funding may be approved for up to $10.69/hr (75% of Ontario minimum wage) for 12-40 hours per week for 6-23 consecutive weeks between April 26, 2021 and .February 26, 2022

  • All approved jobs will be posted publicly on Canada's Job Bank with Career Development & Experiential Learning's email address as the contact. Any applications received will be forwarded to you for your consideration. 

Assessment criteria used by Employment and Social Development Canada  to evaluate applications:

  • Provide quality work experiences for youth

  • Provide youth with opporunity to develop and improve their skills; and,

  • Respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers.

Students hired into University of Windsor positions approved for CSJ funding must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for duration of the employment, and;

  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

  • Submit weekly time sheets and be paid as a student casual wage employee (i.e. not paid in a lump sum as part of a research contract).  

  • In order to be eligible to work more than 24 hours per week over the summer, the incumbent must be a student on a scheduled break (i.e. enrolled in no more than one course), have been enrolled as a student in Winter 2021 and be returning to studies in the Fall of 2021. It does not matter if they study part-time or full-time in winter and fall. Typically, Graduate students will not qualify for this type of employment since they do not have a scheduled break and will therefore be registered in more than one course over the summer.

    • If you have a candidate in mind already and they will be enrolled in more than one course during the CSJ period, be sure to apply for part-time hours only.  

  • Any participant who is a member of the Immediate Family of an officer or director of the Employer is not eligible. If Canada is satisfied, and agrees in writing before the commencement of the Job, that the hiring of the Participant was not the result of favouritism by reason of membership in the Immediate Family of the Employer, officer or director, as the case may be, the costs may be eligible for reimbursement. 

You can review the Government of Canada Canada Summer Jobs Website and the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide (PDF) for detailed information about the program and assessment criteria.  

Questions about applying?

Contact Kerri Zold ( or Samantha Desrosiers (