Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

ESDC Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2019 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. An employee must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with official refugee status, have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Important Dates: The earliest job start date is 23 April 2019. The latest job start date is 23 July 2019. The latest job end date is 1 September 2019.

Please note that Service Canada will not reimburse for the period of employment prior to the approved project start date indicated in the CSJ Application/Agreement form signed by Service Canada. Jobs funded under CSJ must be from six (6) to sixteen (16) weeks in duration. Normally, these weeks are consecutive.  Depending on demand and available funding, approval may be given for fewer weeks than requested in an application. The student will be required to work full-time between no fewer than 30 hours per week and no more than 40 hours per week.

ESDC will pay 50% of Nova Scotia's minimum wage. The ESDC hourly rate contribution (column h) should, therefore, be $5.50 which is 1/2 of $11.00 (the current NS minimum wage--NB this may change in January 2019). Faculty/Staff are responsible for the remainder of the student's salary; this is usually paid out of your research or office accounts.

All applicants may be eligible for additional funding of up to $3,000 per student with disabilities to accommodate the student within the workplace.  However, only personal tools and adaptations that students require to accomplish tasks covered under a CSJ contribution agreement will be considered eligible.

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 Part B only) below; you must complete a separate application form for each position.  Please email or deliver your completed application form to Marie Gillis (ext. 2393; Research Services Group, Room B111, Lane Hall). She will compile data from your completed electronic form and submit a collective institutional application. Your individual application will not be submitted to ESDC.

The Local Priorities for the Constituency of Central Nova (see below) are now very favourable for individuals wishing to apply for subsidies of student research assistant positions. 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).

Revised Local Priorities for the Constituency of Central Nova:

  • Tourism operators
  • Small businesses
  • Natural resources and sustainable development
  • Manufacturing
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Organizations that support women’s rights, persons with disabilities, anti-racism initiatives, and Syrian refugees
  • Arts and culture
  • Recreation: organizations that support healthy living and education, including summer camps for children and youth
  • Research and Development: Institutions that provide research service and academic research, and organizations promoting innovation, technical and scientific collaboration between academia and industry
  • Organizations giving local students work experience in their area of post-secondary education

Full CSJ program details are available at: 



The firm internal StFX deadline for CSJ applications is 12:00 noon on Wednesday 16 January 2019

PLEASE NOTE that because of the high volume of applicants for this funding program, applications submitted to the Research Grants Office after the internal deadline cannot be reviewed and processed for submission to ESDC.

Please e-mail your completed electronic Application Form(s) to Marie Gillis by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 16 January 2019ESDC requires that all StFX applications to the CSJ program be processed through the Research Grants Office.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marie Gillis (ext. 2393, Research Services Group, Room B111, Lane Hall).

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