Government of New Brunswick


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 fourteen weeks in duration with a New Brunswick employer between April 29 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.


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 under related links.

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 under related links.
• 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).


The placement must:
• be up to 9 consecutive weeks for college and high school students and up to 14 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 14 weeks.
• For the private sector and municipalities, 50% of minimum wage for 35 hours a week will be subsidized for up to 14 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 (see under related links) 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.

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.