First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) supports initiatives to provide First Nations and Inuit youth with work experience, information about career options and opportunities to develop skills to help gain employment and develop careers.

To further help support Canada's newest workers in making the transition from school to work, and to help them get a strong start in their careers, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $100 million over 3 years in 2017-2018 towards the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy: Skills Link and Summer Work Experience programs.

The FNIYES is part of the Government of Canada's effort to enhance Indigenous Canadians' education, participation in the labour market and economic success. It is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy led by Employment and Social Development Canada.

ISC is responsible, under the Youth Employment Strategy, for employment and skills development for First Nations and Inuit youth.

The FNIYES has an annual budget of $24 million. Since its launch in 1997, it has provided close to 150,000 opportunities to First Nations and Inuit youth. More than 600 First Nations and Inuit communities design and implement projects each year.

The strategy also helps First Nations and Inuit youth, between the ages of 15 and 30, who are ordinarily resident on reserve or in recognized communities:

ISC delivers two programs under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy:

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