Student Summer Employment Programs
The deadlines to apply for the Student Summer Employment Programs – Post-secondary and High School have now passed. Thank you for your interest in these programs. Successful applicants will be notified by email in late May for SSEP-Post-secondary and mid-June for the SSEP-High School program.
Student Summer Employment Program – High School 2016
Student Summer Employment Program – Post-secondary 2016
The Student Summer Employment Programs (SSEP) provides funding to assist private sector businesses and not-for-profit organizations in creating summer employment for students. There are two separate programs under SSEP; one is aimed at employing post-secondary students called SSEP – Post-secondary and the other is aimed at employing high school students called SSEP – High School. These two programs have separate applications and separate deadlines that are covered in more detail below.
Program Fact Sheet
The Program Fact Sheet outlines the program in detail for interested employers and students seeking employment. Press here for a direct link to the
Fact Sheet (275 KB).
- Not-for-Profit Employers are eligible to apply for both the SSEP - Post-secondary and SSEP - High School programs.
- Private Sector employers may only apply for the SSEP - Post-secondary program.
Student Employee Eligibility
- Post-secondary students hired as part of the SSEP - Post-secondary program must be entering or returning to Post-secondary training within the next year and must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
- High School students hired as part of the SSEP - High School program must be enrolled in Level I, II, or III during the 2015/16 school year and must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
There will be two separate programs and application deadline dates for summer 2016.
- The deadline for employers applying to the SSEP - Post-secondary is April 15, 2016. This applies to both private and not-for-profit employers who are eligible to apply for this program.
- The deadline for organizations applying to the SSEP - High School is May 6, 2016. This applies to the not-for-profit employers who are eligible to apply for this program.
How Do I Apply?
Interested employers and organizations must complete and submit an application to the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour (AESL). Note: If you are an employer applying for multiple locations throughout the province, a separate application must be completed for each regionally distinct area (i.e., Corner Brook, Clarenville, St. John's, Gander).
- Employers must register in the AES's LaMPSS payment system to apply on-line. Once registration is complete, a password and user ID will be provided. Employers that have not already done so must register as a LaMPSS user before they may apply on-line using this system. (See Registering in LaMPSS below.)
- Once registered on the LaMPSS system, employers may apply directly for SSEP - Post-secondary and/or SSEP - High School on-line and/or update information using its self-serve function and the provided user password and ID. SSEP-Post-secondary and/or SSEP-High School on-line and/or update information using its self-serve function and the provided user password and ID.
- To apply on-line for SSEP - Post-secondary and SSEP - High School using the self-serve component of LaMPSS, please link to the following website which contains LaMPSS User Guidelines, System Requirements and the Login.
- LaMPSS Employer Self-Serve. Note specifically the LOGIN to LaMPSS button which is in the LOGIN section near the bottom of this page.
- Program Guidelines for both SSEP-Post Secondary and SSEP-High School have been developed in order to assist employers applying on-line. They can be viewed and printed by pressing the links below.
Registering in LaMPSS
- The Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS) is used to administer its labour market programs in the province. As a result, all organizations applying for funding through Advanced Education, Skills and Labour must first register with LaMPSS.
- LaMPSS registration with Advanced Education, Skills and Labour is a one-time process. As a LaMPSS registered organization, you will also be able to apply for the Student Summer Employment Programs and other labour market programs using its new self-serve functionality. For some organizations, this application process will have already been completed as part of the application to Advanced Education, Skills and Labour for other programs. For most organizations however, LaMPSS registration will be a new required action.
- All information needed for registration in LaMPSS is available online on the LaMPSS Information page. This includes access to forms and detailed information regarding web browser capability and the required steps to access the system.
- Once registered, in order to access the system and your organization's account, a username and password are required. These will be sent automatically to the email address on file for your organization/business. The email address used will be the one submitted as part of LaMPSS registration process.
- The LaMPSS self-serve capability enables organizations to update information (including name, address, email address and contact information) and to access fillable forms. For your reference, a user guide is available and additional assistance will be available if needed as noted below.
- The subsidy for Not-for-Profit Organizations approved under these programs will be 100% of the current minimum wage plus 15% to help cover the mandatory employment related costs.
- The subsidy for private sector employers shall be $5 towards the hourly wage.
- All payments required by law are the responsibility of the employer, including Income Tax, Employment Insurance, CPP, assessments under the Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Act and holiday pay.
Duration and Hours and Work
- For the SSEP Post-secondary program, minimum subsidy period is five (5) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is 12 weeks. Students must work at least 25 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
- For the SSEP High School program, the minimum subsidy period is four (4) weeks and the maximum subsidy period is eight (8) weeks. Students must work at least 20 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
- Employers may request a subsidy for any number of hours per week or any number of weeks that fall within the above ranges.
- For all students in both programs, must complete work by Sunday, September 4, 2016 which is the day before Labour Day.
Terms and Conditions
- Employers are required to read the Terms and Conditions. Particular attention should be given to those terms and conditions related to privacy and consent. Employers must acknowledge they have read the Terms and Conditions prior to submission of their application for funding.
- There are separate terms and conditions for each program and they can be accessed by clicking the locations below.
- Support is available related to technical issues using LaMPSS, at 1-844-252-6777 or through email at
- If you have any questions or concerns related to the Student Summer Employment Programs themselves, please contact the nearest Advanced Education, Skills and Labour office or call 1-800-563-6600.