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Summer Experience Program

First time applicants please contact the Regional Services Branch or relevant Ministry contact to discuss your project before completing an application. Ministry contacts are listed on this page under Contacts.


The Summer Experience Program (SEP) provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities in order to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students.

SEP positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors within the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ministry of the Status of Women and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, including citizenship, voluntarism, seniors, women, tourism, culture, sport and recreation and offer training for future careers or work experience in skills transferable to the general workforce.

Position placements are expected to provide full time employment for a minimum of 217.5 hours or 30 days at 7.25 hours per day. Overtime on an occasional basis is allowed, but SEP funding does not cover this cost.

See SEP Program Guidelines for detailed program criteria for summer employment.


The intake for the 2018 Summer Experience Program has ended.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for applicant organizations:

Eligible applicants for Summer Experience Program funding include: not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nations communities. Eligible organizations must be legally incorporated or be band councils established under the Indian Act, Canada.

Due to the limited number of positions, priority may be given to applicant organizations that have not previously received SEP funding.

Eligibility requirements for student applicants:

Students hired by recipient organizations must meet the eligibility criteria of the program:

  • All students must be currently enrolled in a secondary, or post-secondary institution or within six months of graduation and have reached the age of 15 and not yet reached the age of 25 upon commencement of employment or up to 29 years for persons with a disability, if disabled, within the meaning of s.10 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, as amended from time to time.
  • Students must be employed full time for a minimum employment contract length of 217.5 hours or 30 days at 7.25 hours per day.
  • Proof of student enrolment must be provided to the employer.
  • Students must be residents of Ontario during the period of employment.
  • Students must be eligible to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Note: The student must be living in Ontario at the time they start work. The intention of the program is to provide career related experience to eligible students that are also eligible to work in Ontario.

Program Guidelines


Regional Organizations

Please contact the Regional Services Branch ministry contact for more information. 

Or contact one of the following Regional Offices:

Central Region: 1-877-395-4105
East Region: 1-800-267-9340
North Region: 1-800-465-6861
West Region: 1-800-265-2189

Provincial Organizations

Provincial organizations may direct program-related inquiries to the applicable MTCS SEP contacts listed below:

Tourism Organizations:

Tourism Agencies and Northern Travel Associations:
Eubert Isaacs, Senior Financial Consultant
Business Planning, Finance and Operations Team
Phone: 416-212-4169 Email: eubert.isaacs@ontario.ca

Arts Service Organizations:
Samuel Wesley, Culture Services Consultant
Program Planning and Delivery Unit
Phone: 416-314-7786 Email: samuel.wesley@ontario.ca

Provincial Heritage Organizations:
Shannon Khan, Culture Programs Advisor
Program Evaluation and Transfer Payment Unit
Phone: 416-314-5186 Email: shannon.khan@ontario.ca

Culture Agencies:
Tina Motamedi, Operations Coordinator
Agency Relations and Accountability Office
Phone: 416-327-2510 Email: tina.motamedi@ontario.ca

Provincial Sport and Recreation Organizations:
Peter Seto, Senior Coordinator
Sport and Recreation Unit
Phone: 416-314-7679 Email: peter.seto@ontario.ca

Last updated: March 6, 2018