First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program
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 youth until February 28, 2022 for the 2021 to 2022 program year.
The 2021 to 2022 call for proposals to support activities under the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience program is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm, Eastern time.
This program provides youth with summer employment opportunities where they can gain work experience and develop important skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork.
The First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program is part of the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy.
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About the program
Projects under the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program allow youth to learn about career options and earn an income that may contribute to a university or college education.
- include plans to offer wage subsidies to private sector and non-profit employers so they may hire eligible First Nations and Inuit youth
- help First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students obtain summer employment and prepare for entry into the labour market
- enable First Nations and Inuit youth to earn wages
The proposals will support work experience opportunities for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students between May 1 and the beginning of the student's fall academic term. Proposals are accepted for each fiscal year.
Funding recipients will determine the wage rate for participants. It must be at or above the applicable provincial or territorial minimum wage.
Who can apply
- First Nations and Inuit communities
- First Nations and Inuit governments
- First Nations and Inuit organizations
- Not-for-profit associations
- Private sector employers
Successful recipients may offer employment opportunities for youth directly, or enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.
Eligible youth participants
Proposals must provide summer employment for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students aged 15 to 30 who are ordinarily resident on reserve, in recognized communities, or on community lands.
Ordinarily resident on reserve means that eligible youth live on reserve, do not maintain a primary residence off reserve, and may be temporarily off-reserve for the primary purpose of seeking education.
The deadline to submit a proposal was February 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time.
How to apply
Applicants must submit detailed proposals for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement.
- follow program guidelines
- be gender-balanced
- outline the activities that support the program's objectives
- demonstrate that the project will provide assistance only to eligible participants
- provide an estimate of related costs, including those costs shared with partners
- outline the results to be achieved by the project
The proposed placement must provide a minimum of 80 hours of work per participant.
Recipients who have access to the (ISC) Services Portal can access the proposal form by opening a session on the portal. If you do not have access to the portal, contact your regional office.
For more information:
- consult the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy: Summer Work Experience Program: National Program Guidelines 2021 to 2022
- e-mail email@example.com
- call 1-800-567-9604
Proposals are reviewed and approved by the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) regional office or the First Nations or Inuit organization managing the program for their member communities.
First Nations organizations in British Columbia must apply through the First Nations Education Steering Committee.