The Government of Canada offers financial assistance to eligible First Nations and Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education, funds programs to design and deliver post-secondary programs and courses tailored to First Nations and Inuit students, and funds other career and employment-related activities.
- About post-secondary education
- Post-Secondary Student Support Program
- University and College Entrance Preparation Program
- Post-Secondary Partnerships Program
- First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy
- Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool
- Additional post-secondary federal assistance for Aboriginal students
About post-secondary education
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s post-secondary education funding supports eligible students and helps to offset tuition, travel costs, and other expenses. ISC also provided financial assistance to help post-secondary institutions design and deliver university-and college-level courses tailored for First Nations and Inuit students.
To ensure that Indigenous students have the same opportunities for success as other Canadian students, the Government of Canada increased funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and the University College Entrance Preparation Program by $90 million over two years, beginning in 2017-2018 to support the needs of over 4,600 students. In addition, in 2017-2018, an investment of $5 million per year for five years was made to support the Indigenous-led registered charitable organization Indspire.
To 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 in 2017-2018 towards the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy—Skills Link and Summer Work Experience programs.
Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)
The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) provides financial assistance to First Nations and eligible Inuit students enrolled in eligible post-secondary programs. The program aims to improve the employability of First Nations and Inuit students by providing them with funding to access education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.
University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP)
The University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP) provides financial assistance to First Nations and eligible Inuit students enrolled in university or college entrance programs to help them gain the academic level required to enter a degree or diploma program.
Post-Secondary Partnerships Program
The Post-Secondary Partnerships Program (PSPP) provides funding to eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions to design and deliver university- and college-level courses tailored for First Nations and eligible Inuit students. These courses help students gain the skills they need to enter and succeed in the labour market.
Indspire is an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities and Canada.
ISC provides funds to Indspire to:
- offer scholarships and bursaries to First Nations and Inuit students to pursue post-secondary education
- honour the outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples so that their accomplishments can serve as an inspiration to students and youth
- hold career fairs, targeted at Indigenous youth from grades to 10 to 12
- develop, produce and disseminate to First Nations and Inuit high-school students, curricula and other materials designed to challenge them to consider career options in industries that will experience skilled labour shortages
For more information, visit Indspire or consult the Indspire – Guidelines 2017-2018. National guidelines for 2016-2017 are also available.
First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy
The 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. This strategy includes two programs: the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program and the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program.
First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program
The First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program provides youth with employment opportunities where they can gain work experience and develop important skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. Summer work placements allow youth to learn about career options and to earn income that may contribute to university or college education.
First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program
The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program supports initiatives that assist young people in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options. The program also promotes the benefits of education to future participation in the labour force.
Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool
The Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of more than 750 bursaries, scholarships and incentives available across Canada.