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Thousands of great summer job opportunities for youth available now through Canada Summer Jobs

Press Release

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

April 22, 2024

A key pillar of the Government’s plan for youth is a focus on making life more affordable for young Canadians—because when young people have the support they need to thrive, they can contribute to the economy, build a better life for themselves, and play an active role in their communities. The Government is restoring generational fairness by creating opportunities for young Canadians to get the skills they need for well-paying jobs. Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) supports this strategy by helping young people to earn money over the summer, while gaining skills and experience.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced the launch of the 2024 hiring period for CSJ. This summer, more than 70,000 CSJ jobs are being made available for young people between the ages of 15 and 30. Young job seekers can find new job opportunities in their communities on the Job Bank website and mobile app. New jobs will continue to be added over the coming weeks.

Through CSJ, youth are able to apply for summer jobs in fields that interest them, whether it be the recreation sector, the food industry, marketing, or tourism. Jobs are also available in a variety of high-demand and growing fields, including the skilled trades and fields related to environmental protection. Youth are encouraged to check Job Bank regularly for updates and to share exciting job opportunities with their friends.

CSJ prioritizes projects that support youth who face barriers to employment. This includes youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, as well as Black and other racialized youth. By providing all young people with equitable opportunities to develop their skills, Canada Summer Jobs can help them to succeed in the job market.

Canada Summer Jobs is delivered through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) and is part of a wide variety of programs offered by the Government of Canada to help youth gain the skills, education, and work experience they need to successfully transition into the workforce.


“The Canada Summer Jobs program is more than just an employment program, it’s an investment in the potential of young Canadians and the economic vitality of our communities. This program gives thousands of employers the opportunity to meet their staffing needs over the summer, and it gives youth valuable work experience that will set them up for a lifetime of success in the job market. It’s a win-win for employers and for young people across Canada.”

– The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

Quick facts

  • To help younger Canadians pursue and achieve their dreams, the Government is investing to create more youth job opportunities and ensure that hard work pays off for the next generation. In Budget 2024, the Government proposed the creation of 90,000 youth job placements and employment support opportunities by proposing $200.5 million in 2025–2026 for Canada Summer Jobs to provide well-paying summer job opportunities, including in sectors facing critical labour shortages, such as housing construction.
  • CSJ-funded jobs are full-time (30 to 40 hours per week), with a duration of 6 to 16 weeks (average duration being 8 weeks).
  • Since 2020, CSJ has created more than 383,000 job opportunities for youth. Last year, CSJ surpassed its job creation target of 70,000 with over 74,200 jobs created.
  • In a survey of CSJ youth participants for 2023, 92% of respondents reported having more confidence in multiple skills needed for future employment than they had at the beginning of their CSJ work placement. Additionally, 89% indicated that they had developed a positive attitude about their future employment prospects.
  • Youth are also encouraged to explore additional opportunities available through other federal departments under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy:
    • Every year, Parks Canada hires a large number of young people to work in spectacular locations and gain real-world experience in a wide variety of occupations, including in visitor experience, heritage presentation, conservation, biology, finance and administration, human resources and more. Candidates can apply to up to 10 work locations at once through the Summer Jobs Inventory. Visit Parks Canada student and youth jobs to find out more.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Nanki Singh
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marci Ien
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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