Student Summer Works (SSW)
A key priority for the Government of Saskatchewan is ensuring students with employment barriers can gain work experience to build their employment capacity.
The Student Summer Works (SSW) program is designed to connect students to quality part-time and full-time employment. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Economy and administered by Sask Sport.
The SSW program focuses on students with disabilities and Aboriginal students who continue to be under-represented in our growing workforce.
The Student Summer Works program strives to:
- Improve students’ ability to pay for continued education
- Provide students with work experience to develop practical work skills
- Link future graduates to potential long-term employers in Saskatchewan
- Create employment opportunities that strengthen organizational capacity and support succession planning
Student applicants musts be:
- A Saskatchewan resident
- Legally entitled to work in Canada
- At least 15 years of age (15-year-olds are required to obtain a Certificate of Completion from the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course)
- Enrolled as a student at a secondary or post-secondary school or institution and returning to full-time studies after the period of employment
Employer applicants must be:
- Legally entitled to operate in Saskatchewan
- Able to offer employment for at least 4 weeks in length
- Able to provide employee coverage through the Workers' Compensation Board or through a private liability insurance policy if exempt from Workers' Compensation
- Compliant with all applicable federal and provincial labour and human rights legislation and standards
Employers in the following sectors are eligible to apply for the SSW program:
- Sport and Recreation Sector – Community-based organizations, including Health Regions, RMs, Aboriginal organizations, School Divisions, and Post-Secondary Training Institutes
- Cultural Sector – Community-based organizations providing employment opportunities in heritage, multiculturalism, cultural industries, and the arts
- Environmental Sector – Employers providing environment-related job opportunities
For-profit employers are eligible for funding through the Environmental Sector component, providing their work placement is environment-related. For-profit employers are not eligible through other SSW components, but may wish to contact the federal program, Canada Summer Jobs at: 1-800-935-5555.
Federal Government Summer Funding Program
The Government of Saskatchewan has an ongoing commitment to youth employment in Saskatchewan. In addition, we want to ensure Saskatchewan employers are taking advantage of all available opportunities and funding sources available, to support them in their decisions to hire summer students. The federal Canada Summer Jobs funding program below is one of such tools for employers to consider.
Canada Summer Jobs program
Are you an employer considering or planning to hire summer students in 2017, for your organization? If yes, note that the federal government, through its Canada Summer Jobs program (CSJ), provides funding to help eligible employers create summer job opportunities for students.
Eligibility: The CSJ provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, to create summer job opportunities for full-time students aged between 15 to 30 years.
Deadline: The deadline to apply for this program this year is January 20, 2017.
Learn more: View the program factsheet for more information on eligibility, timelines, how to prepare a great application and useful resources. (The factsheet is also available in French).
Visit the Government of Canada website for more details on the Canada Summer Jobs Program.