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About Ontario

Greater Toronto's Top Employers 2014
Canada's Best Diversity Employers 2014
2014 Canada's Greenest Employers
Best Employers for New Canadians 2013
The Career Directory 2013: Canada's Best Employers for Recent Graduates
2014 Canada's Top Employers for Young People

Summer Employment Opportunities

OPS-wide Summer Employment Opportunities

Spend Your Summer Making a Difference

What are the Summer Employment Opportunities?
Why Should I Apply?
Am I Eligible To Apply This Summer?
What’s New For 2015?
When Can I Apply?
How Do I Apply?
I've Applied, What's Next?
Where Can I Find Out More About The Ontario Public Service?


I Still Have Questions!

1) I have a disability. Do I have to tell someone?

You are not required to disclose a disability during the recruitment process or your employment contract. If you wish to disclose, you may advise the hiring manager. Specific details of the disability are not required. If you require specific accommodations to participate in the interview or complete your work duties, then you would need to disclose what those requirements are. This may include having information provided in a larger font, providing access for a mobility device, or other forms of accommodation. The Ontario Public Service is dedicated to promoting an inclusive workplace and a positive work environment. Accommodation helps to remove barriers and modify practices in the workplace so employees can participate equally in the workplace.

2) Are there specific opportunities for Aboriginal youth?

The Ontario Public Service values a diverse workforce and is always looking for bright, talented people from a diverse array of backgrounds.

The Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. It provides summer employment for Aboriginal youth aged 15 to 24 (15-29 years of age for a person with a disability).

Click here to visit the Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program website.

Also, the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program is a two-year program providing Aboriginal youth aged 16-18 (some exceptions may be negotiated through First Nations communities) from First Nations communities in Northern Ontario the opportunity to work on forestry projects, receive workplace training and take personal development workshops.

Click here to visit the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program website.

3) I would like to get a summer job in a specific ministry - can I submit a paper resume/cover letter directly to that ministry/hiring manager?

No, students are required to apply to positions online through the Ontario Public Service Careers website and should not send resumes directly to a ministry or manager. All summer employment positions across the province in various ministries will be posted on the Ontario Public Service Careers website.

If you require accommodation (e.g. due to a disability) to complete your application, please contact the Summer Employment Opportunities team at SEO@ontario.ca

4) I live in a rural location and do not have access to internet to complete an online submission. What are my options?

Student applicants are encouraged to use the facilities provided at local libraries, Employment Ontario offices, Native Friendship Centres etc. to complete their online submissions. Contact us at SEO@ontario.ca for assistance.

5) Can I work for more than one summer?

Yes! As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply to any Summer Employment Opportunities positions, regardless of how many summers you may have worked there or in a similar area.

6) Do I have to make my own housing arrangements?

Yes, successful applicants are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Some parks have limited staff accommodations that are available to student Park Rangers. A list of the specific parks will be available here in January 2015.

7) Will I be compensated for relocating?

The Summer Employment Opportunities program does not provide reimbursement of relocation costs. Students should only apply to positions where they are confident they will find accommodations.

8) What sort of training will I receive?

Training will depend on the position. Some positions have training prior to the start of employment, other positions provide training on the job only. Information will be provided by the hiring manager.

9) Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact us at SEO@ontario.ca for any additional questions. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will reply to any inquiries within two business days.