Last update: September 28, 2020

The Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJ) provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers (including most UBC faculties and departments) and private small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for full-time students.  It provides young people aged 15 to 30 the opportunity to gain meaningful work and life experience while supporting community-based initiatives. 


Canada Summer Jobs is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.  CSJ has three objectives:

  • Provide quality work experiences for youth;

  • Respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers; and,

  • Provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills.


Jobs must be full-time (30 to 40 hours per week) and 6 to 16 consecutive weeks in duration.

The wage subsidy is calculated based on a percentage of BC’s minimum hourly wage (up to 50% for public and private sector employers and up to 100% for not-for-profit employers). The minimum wage in BC is currently $14.60 per hour.


The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2020 is now closed.     

Below are the dates to note for 2020 CSJ applications:

  • applications are due by February 28, 2020
  • the earliest job start date is May 11, 2020
  • the latest job start date is Monday, July 20, 2020
  • the latest job end date is Friday, August 28, 2020
  • the latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the Canada Summer Jobs-funded work placement

Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in May 2020. All eligibility and funding decisions will be confirmed in writing. You can also check the status of your application through GCOS if you applied via GCOS. From

Your involvement

Application period for 2020 

The application for Canada Summer Jobs 2020 is now closed.

Before you apply, read the Canada Summer Jobs 2020 Applicant Guide and Vancouver Quadra Local Priorities.

Complete the online Canada Summer Jobs 2020 Application Form.  

You will need the following UBC-specific information to complete the form:

  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registration number: RP 10816-1779-RP0003
  • Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) account number: 011284 Rate: 0.33
  • Liability insurance: University, College & Institute Protection Program; Policy Number: UBCL-2019
  • Number of employees in your organization: 16,089
  • Date organization began operations: September 15, 1915

Determine whether your proposed position is union or non-union.  If the proposed scope of duties fall within the CUPE 116 or CUPE 2950 bargaining units or if you are unsure, please consult with your Human Resources Advisor.

  • CUPE 116: student’s wage rate must be no less than $17.26/hr
  • CUPE 2950: student’s wage rate must be no less than $16.16/hr

Submit your application to Service Canada directly before the deadline.  

A step-by-step guide on how to apply for Canada Summer Jobs can be found here


GCOS (Grants and Contributions Online Services) account:

Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) is an online application for stakeholders to apply for funding opportunities (grants and contributions) and manage Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Service Canada approved active projects within a secure environment.

It is recommended for each UBC department to create a GCOS account for their department. 

If you are new to GCOS, you will need to choose one of the "secure sign-in methods" (listed here) to set-up your username and password for GCOS.

A step-by-step guide for the registration process can be found on the 3 steps to create your account page.

Once the registration is complete, you can follow the steps here to complete the account set-up.

For further queries on GCOS account set-up, please contact GCOS helpdesk at

Student recruitment

If you don’t have a student in mind for your position, advertise the position (free-of-charge for UBC employers) on CareersOnline (the online job board for UBC students).  Make sure your posting indicates in the job title that it is a Canada Summer Jobs position and includes student eligibility criteria in the qualifications section.

Once you’ve selected a candidate, appoint the student by submitting an eForm to UBC Payroll.  It's important to have students appointed in their positions prior to starting work.  Please refer to UBC Payroll’s Appointment Notice Cut-off Schedule.

Visit UBC HR for information on general student hiring and practices or Work Learn for onboarding resources and evaluation templates for student staff.  

Students in summer work placements

You will be responsible for paying the student’s full wages while they are employed in your department/unit.  Please refer to UBC Payroll’s Hourly Timesheet Cut-off Schedule.  Keep accurate and detailed copies of student timesheets as you will need to provide them to Service Canada when you submit your reimbursement claim form at the end of the work placement.

Visit UBC HR for information on general student hiring and practices or Work Learn for onboarding resources and evaluation templates for student staff.

Wage subsidy reimbursement

Submit your claim form directly to Service Canada.  You will need to attach to your claim form supporting documentation that indicates the number of hours your student has worked each week.  Service Canada will then issue you a reimbursement cheque for your wage subsidy.  If you or your student do not meet all eligibility criteria or position conditions as outlined on the Canada Summer Jobs website, Service Canada will not issue a reimbursement.


Contact Information

Workplace Learning

Phone: 604.827.2937