The government of Ontario offers almost 5,000 summer employment opportunities and applications for these jobs opened on January 3, 2018. The eligibility for each job type varies but there are jobs for young people aged 15 to 24, or up to 29 if you have a disability. To be eligible you must be:
- Enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution currently or for the fall semester, or have graduated within six months by your first day of employment.
- A minimum of 15 years of age. Certain opportunities require students to be up to 24 years of age (or up to 29 years of age for a person with a disability). Certain positions require you to be a minimum of 18 years of age. Age parameters will be provided on the job advertisements and you must meet all age requirements by May 1.
- A resident of Ontario during the term of employment.
- Legally entitled to work in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
Types of Summer Student Jobs
Every year, the Ontario Public Service, related agencies and community groups, provide 5,000 students with jobs across the province. These jobs help Ontario students with limited work experience develop transferable skills, support their career goals and learn more about the Ontario Public Service! Summer Employment Opportunities are full-time, temporary positions ranging from 7 – 18 weeks between May and September.
Over 80 student jobs are offered in the following career fields.
- Agriculture and Livestock
- Customer Service
- Information Management
- Ontario Place
- Ontario Parks
- Social Services
For more information about the Summer Employment Program, jobs available and the application process check the Ontario government website.
Students with Disabilities
In the Ontario Disability Employment Strategy announced in June 2017, the government identified the need to diversify their workforce and provide more opportunities to people with disabilities. As part of ongoing efforts the Ontario Accessibility Directorate is providing information to help young people with disabilities enter the workforce through a series of Webinars. The next webinar will be held on January 18, 2018. For details on how to connect and to register, check out the Webinar poster.
Scott Allardyce, Policy Analyst at the Accessibility Directorate, is interested in supporting the efforts of students with disabilities in obtaining a summer job through the Summer Employment Opportunities Program. If you are willing to disclose your disability, Scott invites you to share your application with him, so that he can track your progress and that of other young people with disabilities in the application process. You may contact Scott by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.