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Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program


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Program Overview

The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program promotes the hiring of high school and post-secondary students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from the private and not-for-profit sectors to employ students aged 15 to 29. In addition to traditional summer jobs, students can help organizations and businesses adapt their workplaces and public spaces to the public health requirements of COVID-19.




Eligible employers

Open to all private sector and non-profit employers operating in Manitoba.

Public sector employers including public health, educational institutions, and municipal/provincial/federal governments and agencies and political parties are not eligible.




Eligible students

To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be a high school or post-secondary student aged 15 to 29 residing in Manitoba;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, international student, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and
  • Be legally entitled to work in Manitoba.

The student must be a new hire for the spring/summer months with a start date of May 1 or later. Existing permanent or part-time employee are not eligible.




Financial support

Employers are eligible to receive a reimbursement of $7 per hour up to a maximum of $5,000 per student employed between May 1 and September 4, 2020.

Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students.

Payment will be made as a lump sum at the end of the employment period, upon proof of payment of student wages.

Employers cannot receive a wage subsidy for any positions that are already being subsidized by another government program. However, employers receiving government wage subsidizes to hire some students can apply to the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program to hire additional/new students.




Employer obligations

Under this program:

  • Employers cannot hire a member of their family for any positions for which they are requesting funding.
  • Students hired must not displace any existing employees.
  • Employers must comply with all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Employers must provide appropriate supervision and training to each student, and follow Manitoba’s COVID-19 public health guidelines for the workplace.
  • Employers must maintain complete and correct payroll, employment and accounting records, financial documents and other records for each student under this program.
  • Employers must provide Manitoba with a signed student intake and consent form for every student hired under this program.

If you have complied with all of your obligations, you will receive payment within 14 days of submitting a claim for each eligible student employee. Each claim package must:

  • Set out the actual hourly wages paid by you to the student during the claim period including proof of payment.
  • Be submitted by October 1, 2020.



How to submit your application

You can submit an application online.

When submitting your application, you will be required to verify that the information you have provided in the application is correct and complete.

You should receive confirmation that your application has been processed within 10 business days. For the first two weeks of the program, priority will be given to employers who do not qualify for the various federal government assistance programs.




For more information

News Release: April 24, 2020 - Province Announces up to $120 Million for Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Plan

For General Inquiries:
Call: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free)
Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca