Apply for a subsidy to hire a summer student

  • Apply for a STEP subsidy to hire a student
  • Apply for a Summer Career Placement subsidy to hire a student or youth

  1. Apply for a STEP subsidy to hire a student

    Now accepting applications for STEP positions in summer 2022

    The deadline for employer applications is always the first Friday in November. This year it is Friday, November 5th, 2021.

    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 $20.19 per hour. The wage corresponds to the student's level of post-secondary education.

    • Completed 1st year: $20.19 per hour
    • Completed 2nd year: $21.64 per hour
    • Completed 3rd year: $23.15 per hour
    • Completed 4th year or higher: $24.77 per hour

    *These wages are 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.

    As per the terms and conditions of the agreement, the employer wholly agrees to pay for any increased wage rates. The Department of Education will notify participating employers as soon as new rates become available. In recent years, the Treasury Board of Canada has updated the post-secondary wage rates on May 1.

    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 32 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.

    Eligible Students

    STEP students must meet the definition of a Yukon post-secondary student.

    Students must meet all of these requirements

    • Currently attending full-time undergraduate studies in a minimum 2 year program that will result in a:
      • certificate; 
      • diploma; or 
      • degree.
    • Returning to full-time studies in the fall or just graduated this current academic year.

    They must also

    • have resided in Yukon for 2 consecutive years immediately before starting classes this academic year or be eligible for the:
      • Yukon Grant; or 
      • Student Training Allowance.
    • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and legally entitled to work in Canada;
    • not be a member of the employer’s immediate family or direct supervisor; and
    • be a Yukon resident.

    Students that do not qualify

    • Masters programs are not eligible for STEP
    • International students and temporary foreign workers and their dependents are not eligible for STEP

    Apply for STEP funding to hire a student

    1. Complete your Employer Application/Agreement form. This form works best if you use Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader.
    2. Submit your application before the deadline.
      In person: 1000 Lewes Boulevard in Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Fax: 867-667-8555
      Government of Yukon
      Employment Programs Officer (E-13)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    Assessment Criteria

    Criteria for assessing the applications include the following:

    • strength and detail of job description;
    • relevance of job to the field of study;
    • quality of training and skill development to be gained; and
    • history of previous employment if applicable.

    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.

    Additional Information

    • Third Party Liability Insurance coverage must be obtained or extended to cover employees under the program.
    • If a collective agreement is in force, a written statement of union consultation and agreement to hire a student is required.

    Important dates for applying for STEP funding and hiring a student for summer 2022

    • November 5, 2021: Deadline for you to apply for STEP funding.
    • Early December 2021: We'll email you to let you know if your application was approved.
    • Mid-December 2021: We'll publish STEP jobs on our website.
    • February 4, 2022: Deadline for students to apply.
    • Late February 2022: We'll send a hiring package to you, complete with instructions, forms, student applications and resumes.
    • March 2022: You shortlist and interview applicants.
    • March 31, 2022: Last day for you to make your job offer and notify students who were not successful in their interviews.
    • April 8, 2022: Last day for you to submit a Results Form to us.
    • May 1, 2022: Students may begin their STEP jobs.
    • September 1, 2022: Students must complete their STEP jobs.
    • September 30, 2022: Deadline for you to submit your final claims for wage reimbursement.

  2. Apply for a Summer Career Placement subsidy to hire a student or youth

    As part of the Government of Yukon’s continuing response to the economic impacts of COVID-19, Yukon Summer Career Placement will focus on positions in:

    • critical and essential service sectors;
    • frontline workers; and
    • the tourism sector.

    While the specified sectors will be prioritized, any employers who meet program eligibility requirements can also apply.

    The Yukon Summer Career Placement program helps Yukon businesses pay wages for summer jobs so students and youth can get career-related job experience.


    You can apply for a subsidy as a:

    • private business
    • municipality
    • First Nation
    • non-profit organization

    You must have operated at least 1 year in Yukon before applying to the program.


    At this time, we're not accepting applications for the Summer Career Placement subsidy.

    Who can I hire?

    You can hire students and youth who are:

    • legally entitled to work in Canada;
    • a new employee, not currently working with your company; and
    • not members of the employer's immediate family.

    A student is a person over the age of 15 who attended a secondary, post-secondary or vocational school full-time during the current academic year for at least 1 semester. There is no maximum age for students.

    A youth is a person between the ages of 15 and 25 who does not meet the definition of a student. To qualify, a youth must have been a Yukon resident since March 1, 2020.

    Length of employment

    Jobs range from 6 to 16 weeks, with a minimum of 30 hours per week. The period of employment must be between May 1 and September 1.

    Amount of subsidy

    The amount of the subsidy is $8.25 per hour to a maximum of 600 hours between May 1 and September 1.

    Apply for a Yukon Summer Career Placement subsidy

    1. Complete the Summer Career Placement Program application and agreement.
    2. Submit your application.
      In person: 1000 Lewes Boulevard in Whitehorse, Yukon. Our hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Fax: 867-667-8555
      Government of Yukon
      Training Programs (E-13)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    If you are approved to receive a subsidy, you will be responsible for recruiting and selecting your staff.

    Employers generally advertise their positions in the local newspapers, at Service Canada’s Job Bank, Employment Central or the Skookum Jim Youth Employment Centre.