Grants & Funding

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

How does it work?

The program will provide a wage subsidy of $7 an hour to employers who hire students for summer work between May and August. STEP will support students in gaining valuable work experience and skill-building opportunities.

Who is not eligible?

Ineligible employers for STEP include:

  • federal or provincial governments, including the Legislative Assembly and constituency offices
  • medium- and large-sized businesses (50+ employees)
  • franchises and corporately-owned chains
  • publicly-funded organizations including emergency services (e.g. police, firefighters, etc.); and
  • provincial or federal Crown agencies, boards and commissions or corporations.

The program is available for students who are:

  • current and returning students 15 years or older;
  • Alberta residents; and
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons protected under the [Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act] who are legally allowed to work in Canada. International students and temporary foreign workers are not eligible for the program.

Industry & Business,Working & Jobs


Alberta Labour

Full details on STEP requirements, procedures and application forms can be found at