Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

ESDC Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2023 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. 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.

Important Eligibility Requirements: 

  • All students hired under the Canada Summer Jobs program must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the 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.
  • The earliest job start date is April 24, 2023 
  • The latest job start date is July 24, 2023
  • The latest job end date is September 2, 2023
  • All CSJ-supported positions need to be full-time with a minimum of 30 hours a week and a duration of at least 6 weeks.

What is covered?

Public sector employers such as StFX are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage ($14.30/hour in Nova Scotia) for each position supported by CSJ. 

It is important to note the faculty and staff who receive approval for CSJ 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.

Please note: All StFX faculty and staff requesting CSJ positions for 2023 are required to identify the source of internal funding that will be used to pay the “matching funds” for CSJ positions and the account numbers for these sources.  

    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 Beaton ( 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 Monday, January 9th 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 12th. 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 Beaton (ext. 2393; Research Services Group, Room 717 NT) on or before January 9th. 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). 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 (2023) for the Constituency of Central Nova:

    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting not for profit organizations
    • Support for projects in a specific economic sector : Agricultural, forestry, fishing, and hunting
    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting community-based organizations
    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting local and regional tourism development
    • Support for a specific type of project: Projects supporting the skilled trades
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