Employers – Young Canada Works

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers eligible employers wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Subsidies to eligible employers enable the creation of about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.

The YCW program is delivered through two components:

Employment programs

YCW (Young Canada Works) sponsors two employment programs for students:

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

This employment program lasts between six and 16 weeks, and supports organizations in Canada that have a heritage mandate.

The annual application deadline is February 5th.

Read more about employer eligibility for Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

This employment program lasts between six and 16 weeks, and supports organizations in Canada which conduct activities in both official languages.

The annual application deadline is February 3rd.

Read more about employer eligibility for Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages (includes Languages at Work).

Internship programs

YCW (Young Canada Works) sponsors two internship programs for unemployed or underemployed college or university graduates:

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

This program offers several types of internships, and supports organizations from the heritage, arts and cultural sectors. Internships range from four to 12 months.

Read more about employer eligibility for Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage.

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French

This program supports a wide range of organizations that run activities in an official-language environment and offers four to 12 months paid internships:

  • in Canada that meet the labour market needs in linguistic duality and where workforce shortages are anticipated in official‑language minority communities
  • in Canada to staff positions in official‑language minority community media (radios and newspapers); and
  • to staff international positions mainly related to the language industry.

Note: In the context of the Covid‑19 pandemic, the 2021‑2022 funding of internships abroad (international) under the Young Canada Works in Building Careers in English and French (YCWBCEF) program is cancelled. The YCWBCEF program is open to receive funding requests for internships in Canada only.

Read more about employer eligibility for Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French.

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