About the Program
A key priority for the Ministry of the Economy is ensuring students with employment barriers can gain work experience to build their employment capacity. The Student Summer Works (SSW) program is designed to connect students to quality part-time and full-time employment. The SSW program focuses on students with disabilities and Aboriginal students who continue to be under-represented in our growing workforce.
The Student Summer Works program strives to:
- improve students' ability to pay for continued education;
- provide students with work experience to develop practical work skills;
- link future graduates to potential long-term employers in Saskatchewan; and
- create employment opportunities that strengthen organizational capacity and support succession planning.
Student applicants musts be:
- a Saskatchewan resident;
- legally entitled to work in Canada;
- at least 15 years of age (15-year-olds are required to obtain a Certificate of Completion from the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course); and
- enrolled as a student at a secondary or post-secondary school or institution and returning to full-time studies after the period of employment.
Employer applicants must be:
- legally entitled to operate in Saskatchewan;
- able to offer employment for at least 4 weeks in length;
- able to provide employee coverage through the Workers' Compensation Board or through a private liability insurance policy if exempt from Workers' Compensation; and
- compliant with all applicable federal and provincial labour and human rights legislation and standards.
Employers in the following sectors are eligible to apply for the SSW program:
- Community-based organizations - including Health Regions, RMs, Aboriginal organizations, School Divisions, and Post-Secondary Training Institutes.
- Cultural Sector - Community-based organizations providing employment opportunities in heritage, multiculturalism, cultural industries, and the arts.
- Environmental Sector - Employers providing environment-related job opportunities.
For-profit employers are eligible for funding through the Environmental Sector component, providing their work placement is environment-related. For-profit employers are not eligible through other SSW components, but may wish to contact the federal program, Canada Summer Jobs at: 1.800.935.5555.