Grants and Contributions to Increase First Nations and Inuit Youth Participation in Education and Labour Market Opportunities: Terms and Conditions

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1. Introduction

The Department of Indigineous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provides a number of special incentives to address the significantly lower rate of educational attainment within the Aboriginal population and First Nation and Inuit under-representation in the Canadian workforce. These incentives serve to integrate culturally appropriate content within K-12 education, facilitate student transitions from secondary to post-secondary education and/or from school to the workplace and, ultimately, increase the number of skilled First Nations and Inuit youth in the workforce.

The purpose of these terms and conditions is to lay out the provisions for which INAC may make grant and contribution payments to support such special incentives. Specifically, the following four initiatives are included under this term and condition:

  1. Inuit Cultural Advancement Grants
    • This program provides grants to Inuit individuals as well as community-based Inuit cultural/education centres to support Inuit cultural heritage.
  2. Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP)
    • This program supports First Nation and Inuit communities in expressing, preserving, developing and promoting their cultural heritage and languages through the development of culturally relevant curricula for First Nations and Inuit students.
  3. First Nation and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES)
    • This program supports initiatives to provide First Nations and Inuit youth with work experience, employability skills and information about career options to enable them to succeed in the labour market. There are two components funded under this program: the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) and Skills Link Program (SLP).
  4. Indspire
    • Indspire, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, is a national charitable organization and the largest non-government funder of post-secondary education for Indigenous students across Canada. The organization's mission statement is as follows: "Indspire is dedicated to raising funds that deliver programs and provide tools for Indigenous people, especially youth, to achieve their personal best."
    • INAC provides funding to support a number of activities undertaken by Indspire in the following ways:
    • Building Brighter Futures (Scholarships and Bursaries) — INAC provides funding for scholarships and bursaries on an annual basis to First Nations and Inuit students in the fields of business, sciences, general education, fine arts, health care and trades.
    • Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career ConferencesINAC provides funding to support a semi-annual series of one-day career fairs held in three different cities across the country. These career fairs target Indigenous youth in grades 10-12 and are designed to increase the awareness of employment opportunities and associated training requirements in diverse sectors of the Canadian workforce.
    • Industry in the Classroom — This initiative has evolved from the former Taking Pulse initiative.Footnote 1 INAC provides funding for activities related to the development, production and dissemination to First Nations and Inuit secondary students' curricula and other materials designed to challenge them to consider career options in industries that will experience skilled labour shortages in the upcoming years and to support other stay in school and employment initiatives.
    • Indspire AwardsINAC provides funding to support this annual awards gala, which recognizes Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding achievement. The Indspire Awards represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers. The awards gala is broadcast nationally on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and is hosted each year in a different Canadian city.

Funding approaches for transfer payments for programs under this authority are summarized as follows:

  Grant Payments Contribution Payments
Set Fixed Flexible Block
Inuit Cultural Advancement Yes        
Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP)   Yes Yes*    
First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES)   Yes Yes    
Indspire   Yes      
*First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres only

2. Legal and Policy Authority

Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Act, R.S.C., 1985

3. Purpose, Program Objectives and Expected Results

Each program has a specific purpose/objective and expected results as outlined:

  Objectives Expected Results
Inuit Cultural Advancement To support Inuit individuals and Inuit communities in expressing, preserving, developing and promoting their cultural heritage as well as sharing their heritage with other Canadians, thereby promoting awareness of Canada's cultural diversity. An enhanced understanding of Inuit culture and a richer Canadian cultural fabric.
Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP) To support First Nations and Inuit communities in expressing, preserving, developing, and promoting their cultural heritage, through the development of culturally relevant curricula for First Nations and Inuit students and the establishment and operation of cultural education centres.

To contribute to an enhanced cultural environment and understanding within communities leading to increased educational outcomes for First Nation and Inuit students.
The development of curricula for First Nation and Inuit schools, which is culturally relevant to the student population.

Reduced gap in educational outcomes between First Nation and Inuit students and other Canadian students.

Better awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal language and culture.
First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) Skills Link Program (SLP):
  • To help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment.
  • To support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nations and Inuit youth.
  • To expose First Nation and Inuit youth to a variety of career options.
  • To promote the benefits of education as being key to labour market participation.
  • To support the provision of mentored school-based work and study opportunities (e.g. co-op and internships).
  • To help First Nation and Inuit youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for mentored work experience.
  • To promote science, technology and other fields in high demand as an education and/or career choice.
Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP):
  • To help students acquire employability skills, to support them in financing and furthering their education and to provide students with career and labour market information and assistance in finding summer or short-term employment.
  • To support skills acquisition through the provision of wage subsidies for summer work experience.
  • To assist First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students prepare for future entry into the labour market by facilitating access to summer employment.
Overarching expected results for FNIYES programming are:
  • Enhanced employability skills of First Nation and Inuit youth.
  • Increased ability of First Nation and Inuit youth to participate in the labour market.
  • Reduced barriers to employment for First Nation and Inuit youth.
  • Increased awareness of the benefits of education.
Skills Link Program (SLP):
  • Enhanced employability skills for First Nations and Inuit youth.
  • Return to school of First Nation and Inuit youth.
  • Increased appreciation and awareness of labour market fields in high demand such as science and technology.
Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP):
  • To enable First Nations and Inuit youth to earn wages to help finance their post-secondary education.
  • Opportunities for First Nations and Inuit youth to gain relevant career-related summer work experience that, upon graduation, ease their transition from school to the labour market.
Indspire Building Brighter Futures: INAC provides financial resources for scholarships and bursaries for First Nations and Inuit to pursue post-secondary education.

Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences: creates awareness for young Indigenous people of the full spectrum of career development possibilities areas across all disciplines.

Industry in the Classroom: challenges Indigenous students to stay in school and to consider career options in industries that will experience skilled labour shortages in the upcoming years.

Indspire Awards: identifies and honours the exemplary achievements of Indigenous people so that their accomplishments can serve an inspiration to young people.
Indspire initiatives funded through this contribution are expected to work in tandem with INAC programs in providing greater opportunity and advancement for Aboriginal youth and adults. Expected results are:

Building Brighter Futures: increased numbers of First Nations and Inuit students attending and graduating from post-secondary institutions.

Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences: expected results are:
  • student exposure to the wide variety of careers available to them and to the importance of making informed career and education decisions.
  • student exposure to practical information on career options, educational requirements and current and future employment trends.
  • opportunities for students to meet and interact with Indigenous and non-Indigenous corporate professionals, leaders and role models.
  • connecting students with organizations and opportunities that have a focus on Aboriginal graduates and exposure to education institutions that provide relevant programs of study.
Industry in the Classroom: increased awareness of career opportunities for Indigenous students in a number of different sectors, through production of curriculum (i.e. learning modules) and the wider distribution of materials through various methods (classroom, e-learning, television).

Indspire Awards: through the recognition of outstanding Indigenous achievement, Indspire Awards provide inspirational role models for Indigenous youth and inform Canadians about the rich contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have made to their communities and Canada.
In the Program Alignment Architecture, these programs are listed under The People/Education.

4. Eligibility

4.1 Eligible Recipients

A. Inuit Cultural Advancement

Eligible recipients are:
  1. Inuit individuals ordinarily resident in Nunatsiavut (Labrador), Nunavik (Quebec), Nunavut or the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories. For an Inuk residing outside of their land claim settlement area, a copy of a birth certificate and a letter of recognition from one of the Inuit land claim organizations or regional governments may be required (e.g Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government).
  2. Community-based Inuit Cultural/Education Centers

B. Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP)

INAC directly funds First Nations and Inuit cultural education centres and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. INAC also funds, using a fixed funding authority, the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, who manage and administer CECP funds for a majority of First Nations Cultural Education Centres.

C. First Nation and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES)

Funding may be provided to First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, and to not-for-profit associations and private sector employers.

D. Indspire

Indspire is the only eligible recipient for funding under this contribution initiative.

4.2 Eligible Participants — Applicable to FNIYES and Indspire Only

A. First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES):

Employer Participants: Eligible recipients, as identified in Section 4.1(C), may subsequently enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit employers to provide employment opportunities for youth participants. Private organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports FNIYES program priorities and objectives.

Youth Participants: To participate in Skills Link and Summer Work Experience programming under FNIYES, youth participants must meet the following criteria:

  Skills Link Summer Work Experience
be a First Nation or Inuit youth between the ages of 15–30 inclusive Yes* Yes
be ordinarily resident on reserve or in a recognized community (meaning an approved settlement on Crown lands), and Inuit who are residents in Canada, but who reside outside their territory, and are no longer eligible to be funded by their territory (proof of refusal is required). Yes Yes
be legally entitled to work in Canada. Yes Yes
be a full-time secondary or post-secondary student in a recognized educational institution AND be returning to full-time studies in the next academic session   Yes
* Note: For career promotion, cooperative placement and science and technology activities under Skills Link (as detailed in Section 5.3A v and vi), youth may be younger than 15 years of age as activities under cooperative placements students in grades 7 to grades 12 (Secondary 1 to 5) are eligible.

B. Indspire

Eligible participants for each Indspire program area may include:

  • Building Brighter Futures (Scholarships and Bursaries): First Nations and Inuit students who receive scholarships to pursue post-secondary studies and/or training.
    • Students must be Status Indians registered under the Indian Act or Inuit who ordinarily reside in Canada and who are enrolled in a program of full-time or part-time post-secondary study that meets the criteria outlined in Annex A.
    • Students applying for a scholarship or bursary from Indspire who are eligible for band or territorial funding are required to first apply under these programs. If a student has applied but will not be receiving band or territorial funding, Indspire requires documentation confirming this (e.g band or territorial funding rejection letter) to accompany a student's application. If full funding is not provided by the band or territory, students can apply for a scholarship or bursary from Indspire. This requirement ensures that there is no duplication/overlap of funding provided by INAC's Post-Secondary Education programming or territorial student funding initiatives and monies provided by Indspire.
  • Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences: First Nations and Inuit students and chaperones (teachers) to attend Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences and to contractors involved in the organization and setting up of the event.
  • Industry in the Classroom: contractors/consultants used by Indspire for the production of curricula and other materials.
  • Indspire Awards: contractors/consultants involved in the production and staging of the annual awards gala.

5. Type and Nature of Eligible Expenditures

For All Programs:

Administration costs must not exceed 10% of total costs.

Capital cost for the construction of a building (other than small repairs or renovations to support FNIYES participation of persons with disabilities) or the purchase of land or buildings are not eligible costs.

5.1 Inuit Cultural Advancement

A. Eligible Initiatives & Projects

Initiatives and projects under this program must support expressing, preserving, developing and promoting Inuit cultural heritage, as well as in sharing Inuit cultural heritage with other Canadians, thereby promoting awareness of Canada's cultural diversity.

B. Eligible Expenditures

Payments are limited to covering the direct costs of one-time projects related to Inuit culture, which can include materials and supplies, printing, communications and travel. Ongoing activities or operations, or periodic events such as annual meetings or festivals, are not eligible for funding.

5.2 Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP)

A. Eligible Initiatives & Projects

Funding is provided to cultural education centres undertaking work that will lead to:

  • culturally relevant curricula for First Nation and Inuit schools.
  • an enhanced cultural environment and understanding within communities.

The funded activities:

  • focus on school-age children.
  • include resources for classroom instruction and after-school programs.
  • operational funds for Cultural Education Centres.
  • may include classes for adults and events for community members, including cultural information sessions and tours targeted toward the general public.

B. Eligible Expenditures

The following types of expenditures are eligible for funding under CECP:

  • culturally relevant curricula for First Nation and Inuit schools
  • costs of operating eligible First Nations and Inuit cultural/education centres on reserves or Inuit settlement regions; and
  • costs of specific initiatives related to First Nations and Inuit culture

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

  • Salaries;
  • Publishing and printing costs;
  • Materials and supplies;
  • Elders/guest speakers;
  • Professional services/consulting fees (including curriculum development, communications consulting and business services);
  • Facility rental (including equipment rentals, conference and meeting rooms);
  • Travel within Canada not exceeding rates outlined in Treasury Board directives and guidelines.
  • Administration costs not exceeding 10%:
    • Telephone/fax/internet connection;
    • Postage/courier;
    • Photocopying;
    • Costs associated with ensuring that personal information is appropriately managed and safeguarded during its collection, retention, use, disclosure and disposal;
    • Bookkeeping; and/or
    • Audit, if required, (not to exceed $5,000);
  • Other (detailed explanation required).

Note: An audit is required for centres/programs receiving more than $75,000 in CECP funding.

5.3 First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES)

A. Eligible Initiatives & Projects

Initiatives and projects are those within the scope of the following activities:

Skills Link Program Summer Work Experience Program
  1. Wage subsidies for mentored work placements for youth who are not in school to enable them to develop employability skills and support their educational and career development. This includes work placements specifically in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT);
  2. Activities designed to enable First Nations and Inuit youth gain employment experience through school-based co-op or internship opportunities;
  3. Activities designed to support First Nations and Inuit youth entrepreneurs gain self-employment;
  4. Training experiences that support First Nations and Inuit youth in acquiring skills needed for work placements;
  5. Career planning activities and resources targeted to First Nations and Inuit youth, including but not limited to information tools that promote the value of education and the importance of informed career decisions, career counseling, career fairs and leadership projects; and
  6. Activities that promote science and technology as an educational option and/or career choice, including science camps, computer clubs, and activities that connect science and technology to traditional Indigenous knowledge.
  1. Providing career-related employment opportunities during the summer months for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students.

B. Eligible Expenditures

A detailed list of eligible expenditures for FNIYES is included in Annex B.

For the Student Work Experience Program and Skills Link Mentored Work Placements (including ICT), please note the following:

  • Work placements under the Student Work Experience Program must provide a minimum of 80 hours of work. Skills Link Mentored Work Placements (including ICT) may not exceed 11 months and youth are only eligible to participate once in the program.
  • The non-profit sector is eligible to receive a contribution of up to 100% of the applicable wage plus mandatory employment-related costs including the gross employee share of CPP, QPP, EI, vacation pay, WCB/CSST (Quebec) and where applicable, health insurance premiums. The private sector is eligible to receive up to 50% of the applicable wage only.
  • Where a disabled youth is hired, employers are eligible to apply for 100% of a participant's wage.

Wage costs per participant will meet or exceed the applicable minimum wage in the province/territory where the work placement occurs.

5.4 Indspire

A. Eligible Initiatives & Projects

Funding provided to Indspire supports the following initiatives:

  • Building Brighter Futures (Scholarships and Bursaries)
  • Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences
  • Industry in the Classroom
  • Indspire Awards

B. Eligible Expenditures

A detailed list of eligible expenditures, by program component, is included in Annex C.

6. Total Canadian Government Funding and Stacking Limits

Where possible and appropriate, the costs of an eligible activity will be shared with the recipient and/or with government and/or the private sector. However, where the sharing of costs with the recipient and private sector are not feasible, total government funding (federal, provincial/territorial and municipal funding for the same eligible expenditures) must not exceed 100% of eligible expenditures for the Inuit Cultural Advancement Grants, CECP and FNIYES. For FNIYES, the private sector is eligible to receive up to 50% of the applicable wage only. For Indspire:

Recipients are required to declare any and all prospective sources of funding for the program or project, inclusive of all federal, provincial, territorial or municipal governments (total government assistance) and other sources that are expected to be received.Footnote 2 Annual financial reporting shall show all sources of funding received by the recipient. Provisions for repayment shall be included in the funding agreements.

7. Method for Determining the Amount of Funding

All programs are proposal driven. Funding amounts are determined based on factors including:

Proposed costs are assessed based on reasonableness and necessity, ensuring that the level of funding is the minimum required for attainment of the results expected of the recipient.

For all programs, funding must remain within the maximum amount payable as outlined in the subsequent section.

8. Maximum Amounts Payable

The maximum amounts payable to programs under these terms and conditions are outlined below. Note that recipients are not entitled to the maximum amount. Actual funding per recipient will depend on the overall availability of funding and quality of proposal.

Maximum Amount Payable
A. Inuit Cultural Advancement A maximum amount of $5,000 within a fiscal year may be made available to a recipient for direct costs of one time projects as outlined in Section 5.1(B).
B. Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP) The maximum amount payable to the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, which manages the funding for a majority of the First Nation cultural education centres, is $5,000,000 per year.

For Cultural Education Centres that INAC funds directly, the maximum amount payable is $600,000 per year.

* For CECP, the maximum amount payable may increase by no more than two percent per year, or the increase in INAC’s reference level, as appropriated by Parliament. (Base Year: FY 2014-2015).
C. First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) Contributions under FNIYES are normally not in excess of $100,000 per year, per recipient.

The maximum annual contribution payable for any single First Nations or Inuit community shall not exceed $800,000. The maximum amount of funding allocated annually to any single First Nations Regional Management Organization (e.g First Nations Education Steering Committee in British Columbia) will not exceed $8,000,000.
D. Indspire Ongoing Funds: The maximum amount of ongoing funds payable to Indspire from INAC is $817,000 per year distributed amongst the following four program areas:
  1. Building Brighter Futures: $600,000
  2. Soaring Indigenous Youth Career Conferences: $54,000
  3. Industry in the Classroom: $50,000
  4. Indspire Awards: $113,000
Budget 2013 Investments: Budget 2013 provided an additional $10 million over two years to Indspire for post-secondary scholarships and bursaries. As such, the maximum amount payable for Building Brighter Futures will be increased for FY 2013-14 and FY 2014-15 to $5,600,000 (this includes the $600,000 of ongoing funds outlined in i). Funding for FY 2014-15 will be contingent upon matching investments from the private sector and other levels of government.

Budget 2015 Investments: Budget 2015 provided an additional $12 million over three years to Indspire for post-secondary scholarships and bursaries. As such, the maximum amount payable for Building Brighter Futures will be increased for FY 2015-2016 to $2,600,000 and for FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018 to $5,600,000 (these include the $600,000 of ongoing funds outlined in i) above). $2,000,000 of the $5,000,000 in funding for FY 2016-2017 and the total $5,000,000 in funding for FY 2017-2018 will be contingent upon matching investments from the private sector and other levels of government on a 1:1 basis.

Indspire’s programming is subject to the maximum of 10% administration costs applied to all AANDC Education programming.

On an exceptional basis:
  • In 2014-15, administrative costs cannot exceed 12% of the amount provided by Budget 2013 for First Nations and Inuit scholarships and bursaries, i.e. $600,000.
* Indspire’s existing (non-Budget 2013) initiatives are subject to the 10% maximum for administration costs applied to all other INAC Education programming (see Section 5.0). All Budget 2015 investments are also subject to the maximum of 10% administration costs.

9. Basis on which Payments will be Made

A. Grant Funding — Inuit Cultural Advancement Only:

As noted in Section 8.0(A), a maximum of $5,000 may be made available to a recipient of Inuit Cultural Advancement funding. A one-time payment of the total amount of the grant may be made upon approval of an application.

B. Contribution Funding:

Contributions are normally paid on the basis of achievement of performance objectives or as reimbursement of expenditures incurred. Advance payments may also be made based on a cash flow forecast from the recipient in accordance with the Cash Management section of Treasury Board's Directive on Transfer Payments. Where advance payments are necessary, they are limited to the immediate cash requirements of the recipient.

Monthly, quarterly or annual progress payments may be made based on expenditure claims and a final payment of any sums due following receipt of the final claim and activities report and, if considered necessary by the department, following completion of a financial audit.

Holdbacks will be applied in a manner consistent with Treasury Board's Directive on Transfer Payments and will take into account the management of risk and prudent cash management practices.

10. Application Requirements and Assessment Criteria

Note: Meeting the following criteria does not guarantee funding.

10.1 Application Criteria

All programs administered under this set of terms and conditions are proposal-based. At a minimum, applicant proposals must:

  • establish eligibility (as outlined in Section 4.0);
  • establish the relationship of proposed projects, initiatives or activities to program objectives and priorities as outlined in these terms and conditions and published program guidelines;
  • include a detailed implementation plan which comprises a description and costing of activities and/or project or initiatives as well as concrete deliverables/milestones;
  • provide details on all sources of financial support (e.g from all federal government departments and organizations, other levels of government, the private sector, the applicant and other sources);
  • provide a payment schedule, including basis and timing of payment;
  • outline an evaluation plan and/or criteria for the measurement of success;
  • For FNIYES, illustrate a commitment towards gender balance in the implementation of programming; and
  • For Inuit cultural advancement grants and CECP, letters of support from relevant organizations and/or community(ies) are recommended.

Note:

Recipients who are former public office holders must respect and comply with the Conflict of Interest Act. Recipients who are former public servants must respect and comply with Treasury Board's Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment and the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector. Where an applicant employs or has a major shareholder who is either a current or a former public office holder or public servant of the federal government, a written affidavit is required to show compliance.

10.2 Assessment Criteria

Geographic distribution may be considered in the selection process (where applicable). At a minimum, proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Capability: The experience and capacity of the recipient (and identified project leader, where applicable) to manage the implementation of activities within their proposal successfully and complete the project/initiative in a timely manner;
  • Consultation and Commitment: The extent to which the proposal has the support of relevant organizations and/or community(ies);
  • Implementation Activities: The extent to which the proposal aligns with eligible activities and meets program objectives. The assessment process will consider timelines, cost-effectiveness and the degree to which the activities will result in expected outcomes;
  • Project Management: How the initiative/project will be managed, including project governance, management of project scope, human resources, risk management, deliverables, and project monitoring, control and reporting; and
  • Project Costs: A demonstration of a realistic assessment of estimated total costs and a justification of the level of funding required.

For FNIYES, the following additional assessment criteria will be applied:

  • Cooperation and Partnerships: with other governments, employers, community-based organizations and interested organizations to encourage strategic partnerships, minimize overlap or duplication and operate in synergy with other related employment, entrepreneurship, economic development and social programs.

11. Due Diligence and Reporting

Contributions: Financial and performance reporting requirements are based on risk as determined through the Department's General (Risk) Assessment process. Recipients are required to submit progress reports that outline activities completed, demonstrate progress towards the achievement of results and financial reports that account for the use of the funding. The nature and frequency of such reporting is specified in each contribution agreement.

At a minimum, all contribution recipients are required to submit final performance and financial reports containing information on activities undertaken, results achieved and the nature of expenditures actually incurred.

All contribution recipients will also be required to report on administration costs to ensure that such expenditures remain within the maximum allowable.

At a minimum, Indspire will be required to submit no later than four months after fiscal year end:

Grants: Recipients may be required to report on the results of the project to support INAC's Performance Measurement Strategy and other departmental reporting. As such, recipients of the Inuit Cultural Advancement Grant are encouraged to provide a brief summary of their completed project to INAC, including results achieved.

12. Official Languages

Where a program supports activities that may be delivered to members of either official language community, access to services from the recipient will be provided in both official languages where there is significant demand and Part IV of the Official Languages Act is applicable. In addition, the department will ensure that the design and the delivery of programs respect the obligations of the Government of Canada as set out in Part VII of the Official Languages Act.

13. Intellectual Property

Where a grant or contribution is provided for the development of material in which copyright subsists, conditions for shared rights will be set out in the funding agreement.

14. Repayable Contributions

Provisions for repayable contributions do not apply. Any contributions made to private firms under these programs, initiatives and projects are not intended to generate profits or to increase the value of a business.

15. Redistribution of Contributions

A. Grant Funding — Inuit Cultural Advancement Only:

Payments are only made to eligible recipients. Recipients can neither transfer or delegate funds to a third party delivery agent.

B. Contribution Funding:

Where a recipient delegates authority or further distributes contribution funding to an agency or a third party (such as an authority, board, committee, or other entity authorized to act on behalf of the recipient), the recipient shall remain liable to the department for the performance of its obligations under the funding agreement. Neither the objectives of the programs and services nor the expectations of transparent, fair and equitable services shall be compromised by any delegation or redistribution of contribution funding.

Recipients have full independence in the selection of such third parties and will not be acting as an agent of the government in making distributions.

Note:

The total administration costs, including those of third party organizations, cannot exceed 10% of the total contribution. When a funding recipient further transfers to a Third Party funds that were received under these programs and initiatives, the 10% allowed for administration costs must be divided between the parties, as agreed to between the parties.

16. Other Terms and Conditions

Program Guidelines: Each program holds a corresponding set of INAC program guidelines, which include specific criteria supporting these Terms and Conditions. Recipients must act in compliance with the provisions outlined in these Terms and Conditions and the program guidelines.

All Programs: Each agreement will specify that the department retains the right to conduct an evaluation and that the party signing the agreement agrees to actively participate in the evaluation process as needed. Each agreement will further specify that INAC retains the right to audit the records of the recipient and, if it is determined that the amounts paid exceed the amounts payable, the difference will be considered as a debt to the Government of Canada.

Annex A — Indspire, Building Brighter Futures Scholarships And Bursaries

This Indspire initiative includes scholarships and bursaries awarded annually to Indigenous students for post-secondary education and training. INAC funds a number of Indspire program elements in whole or in part for Registered First Nation and Inuit students as follows:

  Fields of Study Eligible Programs
Business, Sciences and General Education Scholarships for individuals pursuing post-secondary studies in a number of disciplines, including business, commerce, sciences, technology, engineering, law, public administration, environmental studies, education, social sciences and social work. Funding for other accredited courses may also be available to individuals. Full time or part-time post-secondary study that is no less than two academic years at an accredited university, technical college or CEGEP and pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree. One year, full time degree programs may also be considered at the graduate level. Study outside of Canada is considered only at the graduate level.
Fine Arts Post-secondary studies at an accredited institution in fields such as visual, performing, media, theatre, production, graphic and literary arts.  Training with a professional or at a non-accredited arts organization may also be supported. Fine art degree, diploma or certificate programs and advanced training.
Health Care Scholarships for individuals pursuing post-secondary studies in a number of disciplines relating to health care including medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, clinical psychology and veterinary medicine. Full time or part-time certificate programs, undergraduate, professional and graduate degree programs that is no less than two academic years at an accredited post-secondary institution. Study outside of Canada is considered only at the graduate level.
Trades Funding for trades or pre-apprenticeship trades programs may also be available to individuals. Full time or part-time certificate or diploma programs at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution that is no less than one academic year in duration, as determined by the institution.

Annex B — FNIYES Eligible Expenses

Eligible Expenditures by Expense Type SL — Mentored Work Placements SWEP — Summer Work Experience Program SL — Co-op and Internships SL — Career Planning + Science and Technology
Participant wages and mandatory employment-related costs (MERC)incl. gross employee share of CPP, QPP, EI, vacation pay, WCB/CSST (Quebec) and health insurance premiums, as applicable. Yes Yes    
Youth training — that support the acquisition of skills required for work placements. Yes      
Other necessary costs directly related to a work placementincl., but not limited to criminal record check, required uniforms, personal safety gear (e.g work boots, safety hats) up to a maximum of $300 per participant. Yes Yes Yes  
Accommodation for disabled participants — A maximum contribution of $3,000 per participant may be available, on an actual cost basis, for special equipment and facilities to accommodate disability needs. Yes Yes Yes  
Participant costs — such as living expenses, travel costs, accommodation. Yes   Yes  
Dependent care for participants — Note: documentation required for dependent care. Yes      
Other incidental co-op and internship placement costsincl. insurance for students during their co-op or internship placement, travel for co-op coordinators/teachers to meet employers.     Yes  
Salaries and benefits — for teachers, co-op/internship coordinators, career counsellors and other staff directly related to FNIYES program delivery not already covered by existing initiatives, such as INAC's elementary and secondary or band support/tribal council funding.     Yes  
Staff training on co-op education + internships.     Yes  
Facility rental — for career fairs, science camps.       Yes
Honoraria and speaker fees       Yes
Admission and event fees and transportation costs — for students and chaperones       Yes
Materials produced exclusively for students to promote specific careers, subjects, fields of study for (e.g testimonials, biographies, etc.) but not including general program advertising.       Yes
Administration (max. 10% of project costs)incl. office/general expenses,materials, supplies, advertising, communication and printing costs, professional services. Yes
for direct recipients only (i.e. First Nations and Inuit governments and orgs)
Yes
for direct recipients only (i.e. First Nations and Inuit governments and orgs)
Yes Yes

Annex C — Indspire Eligible Expenses by Objectives

Eligible Expenditures by Expense Type Building Brighter Futures Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conferences Industry in the Classroom Indspire Awards
Salaries and benefits Yes Yes
incl. casual labour
Yes Yes
Professional development Yes Yes Yes Yes
Professional services/consulting feesincl. legal fees, internal audit fees, data tracking, translation and transcription services Yes
incl. promotional video development and production personnel
Yes
incl. production and video development professionals
Yes
incl. production and video professionals, teachers, instructors, IT support
Yes
incl. advertising, production professionals, performers, event photographers
Honoraria — for Indspire Board of Directors and other Indspire committee members Yes
incl. jury/selection committee
Yes Yes Yes
incl. jury/selection committee
Travelincl. Indspire Board of Directors, other Indspire committee members and staff Yes
incl. jury/selection committee
Yes
incl. guests, speakers, youth travel subsidies
Yes Yes
incl. jury/selection committee
Accommodation   Yes   Yes
Facility rental   Yes   Yes
incl. live theatre
Hospitality   Yes
incl. breakfasts, lunches
  Yes
incl. receptions
Scholarships and bursaries Yes      
Awardsincl. medallions, youth awards, as well as corporate, recipient and performer gifts   Yes
incl. student prizes
  Yes
Printing and publishing costs Yes
incl. advertising, annual reports, scholarship brochures
Yes
incl. banners
Yes
incl. advertising and annual reports
Yes
incl. gala programmes, annual reports, nomination kits/forms
Products, tools and materials Yes
incl. promotional videos
Yes
incl. production costs, general production equipment, booth setup charges
Yes
incl. production costs, program materials, stay-in-school/employment initiatives
Yes
incl. advertising, press conference/public relations, production materials
Purchase of learning/instructional materials     Yes  
Other Administration — office and general expenses, rent and utilities, shipping, IT hardware purchases and maintenance, software licensing, fundraising expenses other than expense types listed above Yes Yes Yes
incl. insurance
Yes
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