Government of New Brunswick

Overview

The Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program provides funding to create summer job opportunities for post-secondary students. The program provides selected students with a summer job of up to ten weeks in duration with a New Brunswick employer between May 1 and the Friday following Labour Day.

Program objectives:
• Provide a valuable work experience for students, experiential learning, mentoring and coaching;
• Help students develop and build transferable skills and/or find employment in their field of study;
• Provide a wage subsidy to employers to help them provide quality summer employment to students;
• Enhance students' employment prospects upon completion of their studies; and,
• Enable students to finance the continuation of their education.

Eligibility

Eligible employers:
• First Nations communities
• Municipalities
• Non-profit organizations
• The private sector
Note: Some museums will receive funding for student employment outside of the SEED program and are not eligible for SEED funding. See list of non-eligible museums here. https://www.Non_eligible_museums

Additionally employers:
• must be located in New Brunswick;
• must have a business number from the Canada Revenue Agency for payroll purposes. Canada Revenue Agency contact information is available here http://http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/menu-eng.html.
• must consult with Unions and ensure that placements are not in contravention with provision of the collective agreement (if applicable); and,
• CANNOT be in the business of commission sales, pyramid-type selling, network marketing or telemarketing (e.g. 1-900 numbers).

Description

The placement must:
• be up to 8 consecutive weeks for college and high school students and up to 10 consecutive weeks for university students;
• be completed by the Friday after Labour Day;
• provide a minimum of 35 hours per week;
• not start before receiving formal approval by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour;
• not displace or replace permanent employees on layoff, parental leave, sick leave or in a part-time position;
• not convert a part-time position to a full-time position; and,
• not already be funded by another federal or provincial government job creation program.

Financial Support:
• For the non-profit sector and First Nations communities, 100% of minimum wage for 35 hours a week will be subsidized for up to 10 weeks.
• For the private sector and municipalities, 50% of minimum wage for 35 hours a week will be subsidized for up to 10 weeks.
• Includes Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs): Employment Insurance (EI), Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) and vacation pay.
• Employers can hire up to four (4) students who have a SEED voucher.
• 100% of the wage subsidy will be provided upfront at the beginning of the contract.

Program steps

Step 1 - Register online at www.NBseed.ca/seed_landing and post your job opportunity.
Step 2 - Recruit a student with a voucher, contact a regional employment office to set up a contract and receive a wage subsidy.
Step 3 - Provide a valuable work experience to the student.


IMPORTANT:
No referrals will be sent to the employer. The employer may, at any time in the process, request to have their name removed from the list.