First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program

The 2017-2018 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 extended from March 15, 2017 to April 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

The First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) provides youth with summer employment opportunities where they can gain work experience and develop important skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. It is part of the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES).

The information below is for First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, not-for-profit associations and private sector employers wishing to apply for funding to hire students.

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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 university or college education.

Successful proposals:

The proposals will support work experience opportunities for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students, between May 1st 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?

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.

Successful recipients can offer employment opportunities for youth directly, or may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal was extended from March 15, 2017 to April 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

How to apply?

Applicants must submit detailed proposals for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement.

Proposals must:

The proposed placement must provide a minimum of 80 hours of work per participant.

A sample proposal form is available. Applicants who have access to the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Services Portal should use the electronic form by opening a session on the portal. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact your INAC regional office to get access to the portal. For more information:

Proposals are reviewed and approved by INAC.

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