First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program
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).
If you are a First Nations or Inuit student looking for summer work experience opportunities, consult FNIYES. This page will be updated every May. The information below is for First Nation and Inuit governments and organizations wishing to apply for funding to hire students.
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 by First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations:
- 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 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?
First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations may submit proposals for programming that target 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.
The 2015 call for proposals is now closed. The call ended on April 30, 2015. New calls will be posted here and on the Calls for proposals web page.
How to apply?
Applicants must submit detailed proposals for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement, clearly stating how the proposed project will further the objectives of this program.
- 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.
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, e-mail email@example.com or call 1-800-567-9604.
More information is available in the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy – Summer Work Experience Program – National Program Guidelines 2015-2016. Proposals are reviewed and approved by INAC.
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