Apply for a subsidy to hire a summer student

  • Apply for a subsidy to hire a STEP student
  1. Apply for a subsidy to hire a STEP student

    The Student Training and Employment Program (STEP) offers wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for summer jobs. The subsidy is $7.20 per hour for 450 to 600 hours of employment.

    All employers must agree to pay according to the following STEP wage scale. Student wages are set at a minimum of $16.49 per hour. The wage corresponds to the student's level of post-secondary education.

    • Completed 1st year: $16.49 per hour
    • Completed 2nd year: $17.64 per hour
    • Completed 3rd year: $18.91 per hour
    • Completed 4th year or higher: $20.19 per hour

    These wages are set by the Public Service Commission and based on the Treasury Board of Canada's pay scale for post-secondary students. If you are not a Government of Yukon employer, you may pay higher than these STEP wages.

    Eligible employers

    You can apply for funding if you are a:

    • private sector employer;
    • non-government organization or agency;
    • First Nation;
    • municipal government; or
    • Government of Yukon department.

    You must also:

    • be legally entitled to operate a business in Yukon;
    • have an office in Yukon with a local contact person; and
    • have been operating in Yukon for at least 1 year.

    Eligible jobs

    You can apply for funding if your student job:

    • relates to a student’s field of study and will benefit the student’s future career;
    • guarantees at least 450 hours of work;
    • provides at least 37.5 hours of work per week;
    • starts no earlier than May 1 and ends no later than September 1; and
    • pays according to the STEP pay scale listed in the STEP application guidelines.

    Apply for funding to hire a STEP student

    Deadline for STEP subsidy applications for the summer of 2019: Friday, November 2, 2018.

    1. Review the application guidelines.
    2. Complete your application for Yukon business owners or the Government of Yukon. These forms work best if you use Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader.
    3. Submit your application before the deadline.
      In person: 1000 Lewes Boulevard, Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Government of Yukon
      Employment Programs Officer (E-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    Hiring process for approved applications

    Once your application is approved:

    1. We publish STEP job descriptions online.
    2. Students send their applications to us.
    3. We screen students to make sure they are eligible for the STEP program.
    4. We send you the resumes and applications of eligible applicants.
    5. You conduct the interviews and make the job offers.

    Important dates for applying for funding and hiring a STEP student

    • November 2, 2018: Deadline for you to apply for STEP funding.
    • Early December 2018: We will email you to let you know whether or not your application was approved.
    • December 17, 2018:We will publish STEP jobs on our website.
    • February 1, 2019: Deadline for students to apply.
    • February 21, 2019: We will send student applications and resumes to you.
    • March 2019: You shortlist and interview applicants.
    • March 29, 2109: Deadline for you to make your job offer and notify students who were not successful in their interviews.
    • April 12, 2019: Deadline for you to submit a Results Form to us.
    • May 1, 2019: Students may begin their STEP jobs.
    • September 1, 2019: Students must complete their STEP jobs.
    • September 30, 2019: Deadline for you to submit your final claims for wage reimbursement.