If costs (like uniforms, transit or certifications) prevent you from applying for a summer job with the City of Kitchener, you could qualify for up to $300 to help cover your costs.

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On this page:

  1. About the grant program
  2. Find out if you qualify
  3. Apply
  4. After you apply

About the grant program

Our Youth Employment Support Grant will help reduce barriers to summer jobs for youth with low income by offering up to $300 to get what they need to apply or to be eligible to apply for summer jobs with the City of Kitchener.

Depending on your situation, this grant could cover:

  • drivers abstract or drivers record
  • vulnerable persons criminal reference check
  • standard first aid certification
  • High Five Certification
  • Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard and Swim Instructors
  • transit passes and tickets
  • uniform costs

If you have a cost that’s not on this list, please send us an email, as we will be happy to consider other needs.

If you have already applied or are thinking of applying for a summer job with us, this grant may be for you. Summer positions may include:

  • summer camp leaders and coordinators
  • youth drop-in leaders and coordinators
  • inclusion coordinators and inclusion support workers
  • aquatic assistants and lifeguard instructors
  • student labourers (parks, sportsfields, cemeteries, golf courses)

Find out if you qualify

You may qualify for our Youth Employment Summer Grant if you are:

  • between the ages of 15 and 30
  • low-income (see examples below)
  • a resident of Kitchener
  • either a potential new employee or returning employee

For this grant, we consider low-income to apply to you if either of these situations is true:

  • you need financial assistance to meet job requirements to apply for a summer job with the City of Kitchener
  • if meeting the application requirements of a City of Kitchener summer job would put an undue financial hardship on either you or your family


Fill out our online form to apply for this grant. Applications are open until April 28, 2023.

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After you apply

If we approve your application, you must provide a receipt with proof of purchase or registration. You may also be able to provide an estimated cost before you make a purchase. Being approved for a grant does not guarantee you a job with the City of Kitchener.