2014 Rural Summer Jobs Service


Deadline to submit applications extended to April 30, 2014

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. The Rural Summer Jobs Service helped over 1,400 employers create over 4,000 rural summer jobs in 2013. 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. Rural employers include businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations who hire students to work in a community with a population of less than 100,000.

Changes for 2014

Application - Now consists of 3 pages including an updated employer declaration. To ensure acceptance into the program, please make sure that all fields are completed in full

Application Submission Process - Now includes a button at the end of the on-line application which will attach your application and allow you to send it to our Rural Summer Jobs Service inbox

Important Dates

April 1, 2014: First day for subsidized employment for student positions
April 2014: Student Checklist and Claim forms will be posted
April 30, 2014: Deadline for submission of Employer Application forms
May 30, 2014: Applicants will be notified of application status and number of positions/student hours approved
July 25, 2014: Deadline for submission of the Student Eligibility Checklists
September 30, 2014: Last day hiring incentive available for student positions
October 17, 2014: Deadline for submission of Employer Claim forms either on-line or by mail or fax

Application Process

There are two options for applying to the program:

  1. On-Line Application and Submission
    • Online application form takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
    • Send 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/Contract
    • Click Submit by email to automatically bring the document into your email
    • Put your organization's name and 2013 File # (if applicable) as the subject line
  2. - OR -

  3. 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:


    Student Eligibility Checklist and Claim Form will be posted soon.

    Applicants may expect to receive confirmation stating the number of approved positions by May 30, 2014. A representative of the 2014 Rural Summer Jobs Service will contact all employers who have submitted an ineligible application form by telephone, e-mail, fax or mail.

    More Information:

    For the Rural Summer Jobs Service program, 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
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
    Ministry of 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: James Mitchell - Manager, Finance Unit, Rural Programs Branch/OMAF and MRA
Creation Date: 13 February 2013
Last Reviewed: 15 April 2014