First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy

COVID-19: Extended support for student work terms

Due to COVID-19, there may be disruptions to student's employment. The First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy will support work experience opportunities for First Nations and Inuit post-secondary students until February 28, 2021 for the 2020-2021 program year.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) supports initiatives to provide First Nations and Inuit youth with work experience information about career options and opportunities to develop skills to help gain employment and develop careers.

The FNIYES is part of the Government of Canada's effort to enhance education, participation in the labour market and economic success of Indigenous people in Canada. It is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment and Skills Strategy led by Employment and Social Development Canada.

ISC is responsible, under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, for employment and skills development for First Nations and Inuit youth.

The FNIYES has an annual budget of $26 million. Since its launch in 1997, it has provided close to 150,000 opportunities to First Nations and Inuit youth. More than 600 First Nations and Inuit communities design and implement projects each year.

The strategy also helps First Nations and Inuit youth, between the ages of 15 and 30, who are ordinarily resident on reserve or in recognized communities to:

ISC delivers two programs under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy:

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