Government of New Brunswick


The Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program provides funding to employers to create summer job opportunities for post-secondary students. The program provides eligible students with a summer job of up to twelve (12) weeks in duration with a New Brunswick employer between April 27th and September 4th, 2020.

Program objectives:
• Provide a wage subsidy to non-profit organizations, First Nation communities and municipalities to help them provide quality summer employment to students;
• 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;
• 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*
*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).
A candidate (student) must:
• Be a resident of New Brunswick or a First Nation community in New Brunswick;
• Be eligible to work in Canada;
• NOT be an immediate family member (spouse, children, parent, brother or sister) of the employer;
• Be a student in the current academic year and;
• Be attending a post-secondary institution full-time in the fall.*
*Note: Grade 12 students are eligible if attending a full-time post-secondary institution in the fall.


The placement must:
• Be up to twelve (12) consecutive weeks;
• Be completed by September 4, 2020;
• Provide a minimum of 35 hours per week;
• Not start before receiving formal approval by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour staff;
• Not displace or replace employees on layoff, parental leave, sick leave or in a part-time position;
• Not already be funded by another federal or provincial government job creation program.
Financial Support:
• For non-profit organisations and First Nations communities, 100% of minimum wage for 35 hours a week will be subsidized for up to twelve (12) weeks.
• For municipalities, 50% of minimum wage for 35 hours a week will be subsidized for up to twelve (12) weeks.
• Includes Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCS): Employment Insurance (EI), Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) and vacation pay.
• Employers can only receive SEED funding for a maximum of up to four (4) students.
• 100% of the wage subsidy will be provided upfront at the beginning of the contract.
• Employers MUST ensure that they have funds available to pay the students. The wage subsidy reimbursement process may take up to 4 weeks.

Program Steps for Employers:
1. Apply online at for SEED funding beginning January 21, 2020. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.
2. Applications will be evaluated for eligibility by staff of the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. Approval for SEED funding will be made by department staff in consultation with all Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) based on the priorities of their electoral districts.
3. Employers approved for SEED funding will be notified by email by March 31, 2020 and receive details on how to create a SEED contract.
4. Job postings will be listed on the Employer Directory. Students seeking employment can apply directly to the employer using the contact information for each employer on the Employer Directory.
5. Select a student for the SEED funded position and contact the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour central office to set up a wage subsidy contract.
6. Provide a valuable work experience to the student.
Employers are responsible to find candidates for their SEED positions. The list of approved employers and jobs will be available to students through the Employer Directory at starting on March 16, 2020. Employers (selected for SEED or not) are encouraged to advertise their job posting(s) on , job boards or other methods.
Once a SEED position is filled by a student, the employer should contact the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour central office by email at to remove the job posting from the Employer Directory.

Any questions?
For general inquiries, please contact the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour central office at 1-833-971-7333 or email us at .