Summer jobs for students

Information for high school, university and college students looking for work this summer.


Learn about government job funds, programs and online tools available to help people under 30 build skills, find a job or start businesses all year round.

The 4-1-1 on summer jobs

The Ontario government – and its partners – offer many programs to help students find summer jobs. You need to apply for most programs. In some cases, the government can connect you to people who can help you with your job search.

The deadlines and what you need to apply depend on the program.

Get help finding a job

We can help you:

  • find a job placement
  • get work experience
  • build your resume
  • connect with potential employers

Summer Jobs Service offices offer these services in 100+ communities across the province.

If you are a teen living in certain parts of the province, you could also be eligible for a separate program – called Jobs for Youth – that provides 8 weeks of paid employment, along with training.

If you are 16 years old turning 17 in 2014, you could apply to be a Stewardship Youth Ranger and work on natural resources management projects for 8 weeks this summer.

Through the Summer Employment Opportunities program, students are hired each year in a variety of summer positions across the Ontario Public Service, its related agencies and community groups.

Aboriginal students

If you self-identify as an Aboriginal, you can also apply for an 8-week summer job exchange, offered through the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Who is eligible

These programs are designed for students.

Summer Job search services

Students: 15-30 years old, who are planning to return to school in the fall.

Jobs for Youth summer employment program

Students: 15-18 years old, in select communities.

Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program

Aboriginal students: 15-24 years old, and up to 29 years old if you have a disability.

Stewardship Youth Ranger program

Students: 16 years old, turning 17 in 2014

Summer Employment Opportunities

Students: 15 to 24 years old (15 to 29 with a disability)

Application deadlines

Application deadlines depend on the program and can vary by community.

Check each program for specific details.

Find summer job search services near you

Get more info on Jobs for Youth

See Aboriginal exchange job opportunities

Learn more about the Stewardship Youth Ranger program

Find Summer Employment Opportunities in the Ontario Public Service

Start a summer business

The Summer Company program provides students with hands on business training, mentoring and grants of up to $3,000 to start and run their own summer businesses.

Who is eligible

Students: 15-29 years old, returning to school in the fall.

Application deadline

May 23, 2014

Law students

Law students can apply to work for the Ontario government – as either a summer law student or an articling student.

If you are experienced with Aboriginal communities or have an interest in Aboriginal law, you can also apply to work specifically in this field.

Some placements begin in March and run through August. Others start in July.

Please visit the Ministry of the Attorney General for information on:

  • what you need to apply
  • when you need to apply
  • compensation

Get details on the Articling and Summer Law Student Program


Updated: November 14, 2014