Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

ESDC Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2021 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 26 April 2021. The latest job start date is 15 January 2022. The latest job end date is 26 February 2022.

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 for a minimum six (6) weeks to a maximum of twenty - three (23) weeks. Normally, these weeks are consecutive.  While employers are encouraged to offer quality jobs on a full-time basis (35 hours per week), part-time jobs (minimum of 12 hours per week) will also be eligible for funding.  

ESDC will pay up to 75% of Nova Scotia's minimum wage. The minimum wage in Nova Scotia will be $13.10, effective April 2021.  Faculty/Staff are responsible for the remainder of the student's salary; this is usually paid out of your research or office accounts.  It is important to note the faculty and staff who have received 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.  

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 and C - funding requested table only); you must complete a separate application form for each position.  Please email or deliver your completed application form to Jacqueline MacDonald (ext. 2393; Research Services Group, Room 717 NT). 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:

  • Projects supporting not for profit organizations
  • Projects supporting small businesses
  • Projects supporting local and regional tourism development
  • Projects supporting Agricultural, forestry, fishing, and hunting
  • The Arts, entertainment and recreation

Full CSJ program details are available at: 



The firm internal StFX deadline for CSJ applications is 12:00 noon on Friday,  22 January 2021. 

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 Jacqueline MacDonald by 12:00 noon on Friday,  22 January 2021ESDC 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 Jacqueline MacDonald (ext. 2393, Research Services Group, Room 717 NT).

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