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Which students are eligible to participate in Canada Summer Jobs?

Eligible students:

  • are between 15 and 30 years of age;
  • have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • are Canadian citizens or permanent residents or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign students are not eligible); and
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada, according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

3 job postings through Canada Summer Jobs Program

Job 1:  People’s History Project (PHP) – Researcher and Archivist Co-coordinator

Tasks and Responsibilities

The PHP aims to recognize and preserve the important roles that Kingstonians have played in social movements throughout the years.  The stories of people who participated in struggles for social justice – queer, indigenous, black, feminist, etc. – often go untold in “official” histories.  The PHP seeks to remedy these silences by recording Kingston’s rich history of social movements.

This summer we are undertaking a two-part project to promote the existence of the PHP, and to increase access to and use of the archives.  As well, we  want to celebrate our rich history of progressive social change.  The PHP will be housed at OPIRG’s Alternative Resource Library, on Queen’s University campus.  The Researcher/Archivist coordinator will plan and establish the People’s History Project under the guidance of the OPIRG Coordinator with the purpose of documenting and preserving local contributions to social movements.  The successful candidate will work with the coordinator to do the interesting job of going through the archives, organizing them if needed, and then selecting stories and publishing their content in a free calendar for the Kingston community.

Research will entail interviews, web research, as well as use of local libraries, archives, and personal documents.  The archiving component of the position will involve making inquiries into archiving methods, and using those methods to preserve documents and research findings in a way that is both protected and accessible for public use.  Candidates may assist the coordinator with long-term planning like grant-writing, networking with local organizations, and setting up for-credit research opportunities for Queen’s University students.  Promotions will include writing press releases, creating posters, events, and media publicity.

The ideal candidate will be someone who is organized and enjoys research, has knowledge of social justice and environmental issues, and is able to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision. The candidate must also have basic computer skills.


Job Postings 2 and 3:  Rad Frosh Organizing Collective

Rad Frosh is a series of events occurring in September and October aiming to introduce incoming and returning students to grassroots community organizing and social justice initiatives on and off campus. This free series will include workshops, film screenings, concerts, panels, etc., and will be led by a diverse group of community organizers involved in a variety of local social movements. Rad Frosh seeks to create opportunities for incoming and returning students to become involved in movements for social and environmental justice as well as welcome them to Queen’s campus.  The two summer job positions will work with volunteers to organize, plan, and publicize the events for Rad Frosh.

The ideal candidates will have some experience with event planning and organizing and have basic computer skills.

Notes on applying

Please send a resume and cover letter briefly stating your interest in the position and why you want to work with OPIRG

Start date is the first week of June

This is a full time 8week contract

Pay is $12.50 per hour.

We invite applications from members of marginalized communities.

Workplace health and safety are of utmost importance to OPIRG and every effort is made to provide a safe and comfortable workplace.


Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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