Summer Student Temporary Employment Programs

Summer Temporary Employment Program

The Government of Alberta has confirmed that the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is available for 2019. 

STEP is a 4-16 week wage subsidy program that provides funding to eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August. Summer positions created through STEP provide students with the opportunity to build meaningful work experience, increase their skills and workplace insight and help prepare them for the future.

A standardized wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants.

STEP Administration at the University of Alberta

Talent Acquisition (TA) administers the STEP program for the University of Alberta (U of A). TA will be submitting one application to the Government of Alberta on behalf of the U of A.

Method of applying for STEP funding, depending on the unit submitting the application:

1) Applications from Administrative Departments, Research Centres, Institutes and Post-Graduate Faculties

  • Send completed STEP applications directly to the address below by January 25, 2019. The U of A STEP Review Panel will rank applications for funding approval and advise applicants as to the status of their applications:

  Anjali Robbins (STEP 2019)
2-60 University Terrace

2) Applications from Faculties

  • Send completed STEP applications to your Dean's Office for faculty review and ranking. The Dean's Office will review and rank (prioritize) the submitted applications and forward to Talent Acquisition by February 1, 2019.  TA will confirm the number of allocated positions by Faculty with the contact for that area. The Dean's Office will advise applicants as to the status of their applications.

Application Form

 2019 U of A STEP Application Form


 Eligible Positions

  • Full time positions (minimum of 30 hours/week, maximum 37.5 hours/week) for a minimum of four weeks to a maximum of 16 weeks in duration (Note: there are more than 16 weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2019).
  • Funding is only available for STEP positions between May 1 and August 31. If you choose to hire a student prior to May 1 or extend them beyond August 31, STEP funding cannot be used to subsidize those wages beyond the time frames.
  • Students hired before the STEP grant is approved are not eligible for any STEP funding.
  • Each STEP position belongs to only one student.

Student Eligibility

  • At least 15 years of age, by the STEP position start date.
  • A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or person protected under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee protection Act and legally entitled to work and study in Canada. 
    • Students in other immigration categories (e.g. international students and temporary foreign workers) are not eligible for STEP. 
    • Students with a Social Insurance Number starting with nine (9) must provide documentation confirming that they are a protected person under the Canadian Immigration Refugee Protection Act with a valid work and study permits.
  • An Alberta resident with an Alberta address and living and/or attending school in the province.
  • Attended a high school or a post-secondary institution in 2018/19 Academic Year and is returning to school full time in the following year (no later than November 1, 2019).
    • Eligible post-secondary students must be enrolled in a program which will result in a credential (e.g. certificate, diploma, degree, etc.) and/or completing academic upgrading courses.
    • Apprenticeship Technical Training Programs are ineligible.
  • Available for full-time summer employment.
  • Only to participate in one STEP position per calendar year.
  • Not currently employed with the organization in a paid capacity.
  • Not immediately related to organization's owners or staff responsible for hiring (Immediate family includes spouses, common-law or adult independent partners, children or parents; staff responsible for hiring may include human resource representatives, interviewers, supervisors, management and owners).
STEP Tip Sheet:

STEP 2019 Tip Sheet