2015 Rural Summer Jobs Service

The goal of the Rural Summer Jobs Service (RSJS) is to encourage rural employers to create summer jobs that enhance the life skills and work experience of students in Ontario. In 2014, over 1,500 employers participated in creating over 4,600 rural summer jobs. The RSJS is part of the Ontario Government's Ontario Summer Jobs Strategy to assist students across Ontario.

What does the Rural Summer Jobs Service offer?

The Government of Ontario provides a $2/hour hiring incentive to eligible, rural employers who can create summer jobs for rural students between the ages of 15 and 30. The program offers an opportunity for employers to hire a student and receive reimbursement for the time worked between April 1st and September 30th. Rural employers may receive the hiring incentive for up to 560 hours per eligible summer employee.

Reminders for 2015

Application - Consists of three pages including an updated employer declaration. To ensure acceptance into the program, please make sure that all fields are completed in full.

Important Dates

April 1, 2015: First day of eligibility for subsidized employment for student positions
April 30, 2015: Deadline for submission of Employer Application forms (Extended)
May 2015: Student Checklist and Claim forms will be posted on this webpage
May 30, 2015: Applicants will be notified of application status and number of positions approved
July 31, 2015: Deadline for submission of the Student Eligibility Checklists
September 30, 2015: Last day of eligibility for subsidized employment for student positions
October 23, 2015: Deadline for submission of Employer Claim forms either by email, fax or by mail

Application Process

There are two options for applying to the program:

  1. On-line Application and Submission
  • Save and email the application to rsjs.omafra@ontario.ca (If you require Adobe Acrobat Reader you can install it on your computer for free by downloading the program from Adobe at www.get.adobe.com/reader)
  • After completing the form, type your name in the signature field. This is considered an electronic signature for the purpose of the Employer Application
  • Put your organization's name and File # (if applicable) as the subject line
  1. Regular Mail or Fax
  • Print the application form and mail or fax to us at the address or fax number below

Please use only one method to submit your application

Downloadable Form:

Note: Student Eligibility Checklists and Claim Forms will be posted by the end of May 2015

Applicants may expect to receive confirmation stating the number of approved positions by May 30, 2015. All eligible rural employers who have submitted a completed application form will be awarded at least one position. A representative of the 2015 RSJS will contact all employers who have submitted an ineligible application form by telephone, email, fax or mail.

More Information:

For the RSJS call 1-877-424-1300 or fax at 519-826-3170 or e-mail rsjs.omafra@ontario.ca

For other summer employment programs click on the Ontario Summer Jobs Strategy, or contact the Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656.

Rural Summer Jobs Service
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
1 Stone Road West, 4th Floor NW
Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2
Fax: (519) 826-3170
Email: rsjs.omafra@ontario.ca

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Manager, Program Operations Unit, Rural Programs Branch/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 13 February 2013
Last Reviewed: 14 April 2015