How do I find a summer job?

The summer is a great time to take advantage of seasonal work opportunities and earn money before returning to school.

Finding a summer job is similar to finding a job the rest of the year. But there are some differences:

  • You might enjoy working outside.
  • Special summer job programs are available for students.
  • There is more competition for jobs because school is out for summer vacation. 

Start your search early. Some programs open as early as the start of the school year for the following summer! You may want to visit employment support programs available to you, whether from an employment agency, settlement agency, or your school’s career centre. 

Be prepared to submit a customized resume and cover letter and practice your interview skills

Where can I look for a summer job?

Youth summer job programs:

  • Summer Jobs for Students: Information from the government of Ontario for high school, university and college students looking for work during the summer.
  • Youth Job Connection Summer: Receive paid skills training and pre-employment workshops, a summer job that lasts up to 8 weeks, mentorship and job coaching and help to return to school after the program ends. 
  • Summer Company: Entrepreneurship program for students aged 15-29. 
  • Stewardship Youth Ranger Program: Apply for a summer position as a Stewardship Youth Ranger with the ministry. You could spend eight weeks working outdoors on natural resource management projects in your community.
  • Summer Employment Opportunities: Find a summer job with the Government of Ontario. Opportunities are posted each fall.
  • Young Canada Works (YCW) program: The YCW program creates approximately 2,300 job opportunities annually in heritage, arts, culture, and official languages.

Youth summer job postings:

  • Job Bank - Canada Summer Jobs: Search thousands of summer jobs for young people in Canada aged 15-30. The Canada Summer Jobs program funds these jobs.
  • Parks Canada student and youth jobs: Gain experience in various roles, including visitor experience, conservation, biology, finance and administration, and more.
  • Many summer camp programs need staff. You can look for programs in your community.
  • Use popular job search sites like Indeed. Search “summer student” and filter by location to find seasonal jobs near you. 
  • has some summer events listed here.