Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

STEP will support students in obtaining employment by helping them gain work experience and build transferable skills, opening the door to the labour market.

How does it work?

The program will provide a wage subsidy of $7 an hour to employers who hire students for summer work between May and August. STEP will support students in gaining valuable work experience and skill-building opportunities.

Who is not eligible?

Ineligible employers for STEP include:

  • federal or provincial governments, including the Legislative Assembly and constituency offices
  • medium- and large-sized businesses (50+ employees)
  • franchises and corporately-owned chains
  • publicly-funded organizations including emergency services (e.g. police, firefighters, etc.); and
  • provincial or federal Crown agencies, boards and commissions or corporations.

The program is available for students who are:

  • current and returning students 15 years or older;
  • Alberta residents; and
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons protected under the [Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act] who are legally allowed to work in Canada. International students and temporary foreign workers are not eligible for the program.

What is the cost of the program?

$10 million is allocated for STEP in 2016-17, and will support approximately 3,000 summer jobs in 2016.

When will the program start accepting applications?

The program started accepting applications on January 25, 2016 with a deadline of February 29, 2016. All applications received by this deadline will be considered. Funding will be allocated by sector and across the province to ensure a fair distribution and allow a good range of employers and students to benefit.

Full details on STEP requirements, procedures and application forms can be found at

Modified: 2016-01-25
PID: 15254