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Summer Subsidies: Government Grants Can Help You Hire

By Sara Bedal |

Summer may seem like several snowstorms away, but, for multitasking entrepreneurs, it'll be here before you know it. So, start surfing!

On-line, that is. Now is the time to start scouting out government programs that can help you hire a summer student, recent grad or apprentice. Some provinces even have funding to help students start a summer business.

Government deadlines may come sooner than you think

The employer deadline for Canadian Heritage's Summer Work Experience was February 1! But there are numerous other programs that swing into high gear now or in the spring. For instance, the deadline for Canada Summer Jobs, the federal government's key summer employment program that assists small businesses, is February 28, 2011.

Read on for more information on this and other programs.

Note: Not all provinces or territories have finalized details of their summer programs, so it pays to routinely check government websites for the latest information.


Canada Summer Jobs

Helps employers provide summer job opportunities for students, while focusing on local priorities. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for up to 50 per cent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

Deadline: February 28, 2011

How to apply: Consult the Canada Summer Jobs Applicant Guide or call 1-800-935-5555.

Small Business Internship Program

A 12-week internship program that supports businesses with on-line marketing and improving their competitiveness with e-business practices and technologies. Qualifying employers are reimbursed for up to 75 per cent of a post-secondary intern's wages and related costs, up to $10,000.

How to apply: Consult the Small Business Internship Program in April.


Alberta Innovates Research and Development (r&D) Associates

Employers who recruit recent Master's and PhD graduates to conduct research that benefits their organizations can qualify to receive an annual stipend of $55,000 for up to two years and an annual research allowance of $7,000.

Deadlines: February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1, October 1 and December 1. (Six competitions are held each year.)

How to apply: Forms and Guidelines


Agri-Value Marketing Internship Program

Geared to small or medium-sized agri-value businesses that want to develop new markets. Applicants may receive a wage subsidy of up to $1,500 per month to a maximum of 12 months if they hire a recent or current graduate student with marketing expertise.

How to apply: Contact Blair Hudyma, Programs & Training Specialist, Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership, (306) 787-3223,

Green Team Summer Student Employment Program

Assists employers who hire Aboriginal students and/or students with disabilities for positions related to the environment. Subsidies cover 75 per cent of the student's budgeted wages and benefits, up to a maximum of $3,500 per full-time and $2,000 per part-time position.*

*2010 subsidy information. Details, deadlines and application information about the 2011 program will be available in March, after the Saskatchewan budget is released.


Summer Company

Budding entrepreneurs aged 15 to 29 receive hands-on coaching and mentoring as they start and run their own summer businesses. Summer Company provides each participant with up to $1,500 toward start-up costs and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.

Deadline: May 9, 2011 or earlier if the program reaches capacity.

How to apply: For eligibility, answer the questions on the Eligibility Checklist.

Summer Jobs Service

Employers who create summer placements for students aged 15 to 30 can receive a $2-per-hour-per-student hiring incentive.

Deadline: Open, except for rural employers, who must apply by April 16th and northern employers, who must apply by April 30th.

How to apply: Contact the nearest Employment Ontario Summer Jobs Service agency, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs resource centre, and offices of the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.

Atlantic Canada

Export Internship for Trade Graduates

Provides expertise to assist small and medium-sized enterprises to successfully develop and implement international marketing plans. Covers 75 per cent of salary and benefit costs (to a maximum of $25,000) for each trade graduate during his or her internship.

How to apply: Contact your nearest Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency regional office.

Traduction NB Translation

Assists small and medium-sized businesses in the Atlantic region in the cost of translating promotional material, such as brochures and website content, into French or English. Seventy-five per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $5,000, may be reimbursed.

How to apply: Application Form

Nova Scotia Energy Training Program (Nova Scotia)

Employers in the energy sector hire post-secondary students or recent grads and may be eligible to receive a 50 per cent wage incentive, to a maximum of $7.50 an hour, toward student salaries. Summer session runs from May 2, 2011 to August 26, 2011.

Deadline: April 15, 2011 (This program is experiencing increased demand so apply early.)

How to apply: Application GuidelinesApplication Form

Graduate Employment Program (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Employers who hire a recent post-secondary graduate can receive 60 per cent of the grad's starting salary, to a maximum program contribution of $12,500. Employers may also be eligible for a $500 training allowance if they provide a suitable training plan.

How to apply: Application forms can be obtained from any office of the Department of Human Resources, Labour & Employment.

Linkages (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Employers who host a 26-week job placement for youth between the ages 18 and 30 are eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to $9 an hour.

How to apply: Contact the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment office in your area.

For more funding options for your business, be sure to watch this video on micro-financing.

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