How is the CSJ Program Responding to COVID-19? | May 17, 2020
The CSJ program has been an important job creation program for youth within the not-for-profit, small business and public sectors, supporting the delivery of key services in communities across the country. However, conditions have shifted significantly since the CSJ 2020 Application Period. This year, many employers may not be in a position to hire staff amid the current pandemic.
In response to the labour market challenges, the Government of Canada announced temporary changes to the CSJ Program to better support job creation for youth. The temporary changes to the CSJ Program include:
• an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee;
• allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support the delivery of essential services;
• an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021; and
• allowing employers to hire youth on a part-time basis.