First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program

The First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program provides youth with opportunities for summer employment, so that they can gain work experience, and develop or enhance essential employability skills—the critical skills needed in the workplace, such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. In addition, these summer work placements allow youth to learn about career options and to earn income that may contribute to university or college education.

Who is eligible?

First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students aged 15 to 30 ordinarily resident on-reserve or in recognized communities or on community lands, who were registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year and who intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.

How the program works

First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations may submit proposals that:

  • help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for their summer work experience.
  • assist First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students to prepare for future entry into the labour market by helping them to obtain summer employment.
  • enable First Nations and Inuit youth to earn wages to help finance their post-secondary education.

Eligible proposals

Proposals must:

  • be in accordance with program guidelines;
  • be gender-balanced;
  • outline the activities that support any or all of the above objectives;
  • demonstrate that the activities will provide assistance only to eligible participants;
  • provide an estimate of eligible costs to be incurred, including any share to be borne by partners; and  
  • outline the results to be achieved.

Placement must provide a minimum of 80 hours of work.

Review and approval process

Proposals will be reviewed and approved by the AANDC regional office or by the First Nations or Inuit organization managing the program.

Funding arrangements

Funding will be distributed to eligible recipients according to AANDC's funding authorities.

Reporting requirements

The Summer Work Experience Program Report is required by September 15.

New for 2010-11

As of 2010-11, there is a change in the reporting requirements for this program. The Summer Work Experience Program Youth Evaluation form, used to gather information and feedback from youth who participate in the program, has been enhanced and the evaluation forms from all participating youth are now required to be submitted to AANDC along with the Program Report, by September 15.

Support documents

Summer Work Experience Program – Youth Evaluation

Regional Organizations, that administer the program on behalf of AANDC, are to submit the report by October 30.

If the Program Report is not submitted within 30 days of the above applicable date, the recipient will not be eligible for funding in the following fiscal year.

Data Collection Tool:

Summer Work Experience Program Roll Up Spreadsheet  

First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations administering the program may use the data collection tool to support tracking of program participation and achievement of program objectives.

Additional Information