Student Summer Employment Programs
The Student Summer Employment Programs (SSEP) provides funding to assist Private Sector employers and Not-for-Profit Organizations to create summer jobs for students.
There are two separate programs under SSEP; one focuses on jobs for post-secondary students and is called
SSEP – Post-secondary, and the other program focuses on jobs for high school students and is called
SSEP – High School.
These two programs have separate applications and separate deadlines.
Details on SSEP – Post-secondary and SSEP – High School are below.
Priority will be given to applications under SSEP – Post-secondary where the employer is providing opportunities for enhanced employment experiences for the students, i.e., related to the student’s post-secondary field of study or interests, or that provides the opportunity to develop new or enhanced skills.
- 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 2016/17 school year and must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
There will be two separate programs and application deadline dates for Summer 2017.
- The deadline for employers applying to the SSEP – Post-secondary is May 07, 2017. 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 22, 2017. This applies to the not-for-profit employers who are eligible to apply for this program.
How Do I Apply?
Interested employers 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.
On-line Application: Employers must register in the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour' LaMPSS payment system to apply on-line. Once registration is complete, a password and user ID will be provided. To register, please press Register on LaMPSS system.
- 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.
Once registered on the LaMPSS system, employers may apply directly on-line and/or update information using its self-serve function and the provided user password and ID. To apply on-line using the self-serve component of LaMPSS, please link to the following which contains LaMPSS User Guidelines, System Requirements and the Login LaMPSS Employer Self-Serve.
- 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 (MERCs).
- 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, Canada Pension Plan (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.
- For all students in both programs, employment must end on or before
Sunday, September 3, 2017, 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.