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 subsidize wages paid by employers to encourage summer employment opportunities for students. STEP will support students in gaining valuable work experience and skill-building opportunities.

Who is eligible?

Eligible employers for STEP include:

  • small businesses (1-49 employees)
  • non-profit organizations
  • municipalities
  • First Nations, Métis Settlements
  • publicly-funded post-secondary institutions
  • school boards

The program is available for employees who are:

  • a current and returning student 15 years or older;
  • an Alberta resident; and
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or refugees and individuals who are legally allowed to work in Canada. Temporary foreign workers are not eligible for the program.

What is the cost of the program?

$10 million is allocated for STEP each year beginning in budget 2016-17 and will support more than 3,000 summer work placements.

When will the program start?

The program will be starting in summer 2016. Details on application requirements and procedures will be made available in January 2016.

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Modified: 2015-11-05
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