Student Summer Employment Programs - Jobs for Youth & Post-Secondary Student Programs

Applications for 2023 are now closed for both programs. A list of approved employers for each program will be available online in May.

PEI employers who hire students during summer may qualify for the employee wage subsidy offered through two separate student employment programs:

  1. Jobs for Youth Program 
    Through the Employment Development Agency (EDA), this program supports students aged 15-29 working 8-12 weeks during summer and. Students must be returning to school in the Fall. 
  2. Post-Secondary Student Program 
    Through SkillsPEI, supports full-time post-secondary students working a minimum of 12 to a maximum of 18 weeks during the summer. The exact number of weeks designated per placement will be based on factors such as but not limited to: position, wage, and the likelihood of opportunity for experiential learning. Students must be entering or returning to full-time post-secondary studies in the Fall.  
    • Priority will be given to employers able to demonstrate they will provide post-secondary students with a valuable experiential learning opportunity related to the student's field of study (e.g. Pathways to Apprenticeship, Health-related occupations).
    • Experiential Learning opportunities are presented by employers who meaningfully contribute to and advance a student’s education through summer employment. Experiential learning could include: practical field-related skills; insight and knowledge that would benefit the student in their academic pursuits; and/or interactions with environments related to their field of study.

Deadline for applications for both programs is April 15, 2023.

Who is eligible to receive funding?

  • Non-profits
  • Private Businesses
  • Public Sector 

Priority will be given to employers who provide employment opportunities that promote community economic development and/or provide a valuable experiential learning opportunity related to the student’s field of study. New applicants who have not received funding from either program in the past will also be prioritized to receive funding. 

What is the amount of wage subsidy offered?

Each program offers different wage subsidies and will reimburse wages differently per employer type. Refer to the below table. 

Employer Type
Jobs for Youth Program 
(Employment Development Agency)
Post-Secondary Student
(SkillsPEI)
Non-Profit
  • Employer can set the wage rate but must provide a minimum of $14.50/hour
  • Program will fund 100% of the provincial minimum wage plus 4% vacation pay for up to 40 hours per week 
  • Approved employers will be provided with 80% of the approved wage assistance at the beginning of the project. 
  • 20% of the total amount will be withheld until the completion of the project and submission of final claim documents
  • Employer can set the wage rate but must provide a minimum of $14.50/hour and will be funded up to $15.80/hour. 
  • Employers will be reimbursed 100% of the approved hourly wage plus 4% vacation pay to a maximum of 40 hours per week, for the total weeks approved
Private Sector
  • Employer can set the wage rate but must provide a minimum of $14.50/hour
  • Each approved position will be funded at 50% of the provincial minimum wage rate plus 4% vacation pay for up to 40 hours per week. 
  • A minimum of 35 work hours must be provided to a position in any single week.  
  • Employer can set the wage rate but must provide a minimum of $14.50/hour and will be funded up to $15.80/hour
  • Employers will be reimbursed 50% of the approved hourly wage plus 4% vacation pay to a maximum of 40 hours per week, for the total weeks approved.  
Public Sector
  • Each approved position will be funded 100% of the Provincial minimum wage rate + 5.7% vacation pay for an average 37.5 hours per week. 
  • All project proposals must have signature of the sponsoring department or agency’s deputy head or their designate.
  • Public Sector employers will follow the student wage rates determined by the Province and follow a three-step range depending on the student's year of study. This information will be finalized prior to approval.
For all sectors, only wages and vacation pay are eligible for subsidy, all other costs (EI, CPP, Workers Compensation premiums, etc) are the responsibility of the employer. The project summary and payroll records must be submitted within 30 days of the project’s completion. Any unused portion of any payment must be repaid to the funding agency, Employment Development Agency or Skills PEI.

Can employers apply to both programs?

Yes, employers may apply to both programs to fund multiple positions. Funding cannot be applied from both programs to a single position. 

You must fill out an application for both programs if you are applying to both. 

How do I apply for each program?

Use the online form buttons at the end of this page.

When is the deadline for applications?

April 15, 2023. 

How will I know if I have been approved for funding?

The 2023 List of Approved Employers for each program will be available online in May.

What do I need to complete the employer application?

Depending on the program, you may be asked to provide employer and project information as follows:

Employer/Business:

  • Business name and contact details, including a primary and alternate contact person
  • PEI Corporate Registry number
  • Business HST number
  • CRA payroll number 
  • Worker’s Compensation Number
  • Organization type, i.e. private, non-profit or public
  • Date of business established
  • Business activity, i.e. major product or service
  • Number of employees in Prince Edward Island
  • Preferred language of service, English or French
  • Legal signing officers for binding legal agreements and payment claims (name and title)
  • Disclosure of previous provincial and/or federal government agreements
  • Disclosure of any default amount owing to a government department or agency

Project/Position:

  • Project or activity description
  • Position title 
  • Job activities/duties 
  • Objectives to be achieved
  • Education and skills required
  • Duration including start and end date and total weeks
  • Rate of pay (hourly)
  • Mentorship plan
  • Supervisor name and contact details 
  • Name and contact for person responsible for payroll/timesheet, if different from supervisor
  • Completed PEI Government vendor registration form. Download, complete and print the payee/ vendor registration form. Upload the completed form to the webform (upload field provided).

I’m a student, how do I apply to jobs offered by these programs?

Students seeking summer employment are invited to apply directly to the employer for any position that interests them and create or update their job seeker account at WorkPEI.  Many positions, including those approved under provincial student employment programs are posted to the WorkPEI employment website. 

Who do I contact if I have a question about these programs? 

For all inquiries related to the Post-Secondary program, please get in touch with a SkillsPEI office.

Area
E-mail
Phone
SkillsPEI skillspei@gov.pe.ca 1-877-491-4766

For all inquiries related to the Jobs for Youth program, please get in touch with an Employment Development Agency program officer.

Area
Name
E-mail
Phone
Summerside 
Elliot Deighan
902-888-8032
Charlottetown
Rachel Birt
902-620-3676
Montague
Daryl Macdonald
902-838-0652
Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population

General Inquiries

Employment Development Agency
548 Main Street
PO Box 1180
Montague, PE  C0A 1R0

Phone: 902-838-0939
Fax: 902-838-0975

EDA@gov.pe.ca