Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages (employers)

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Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a summer job program. Eligible employers may benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills.

Positions last from six to 16 weeks and students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.

Who can apply

An employer may be eligible for funding if it is:

  • a private, public, non-profit organization, or a municipality;
  • incorporated;
  • involved in national, provincial, territorial, municipal or community activities;
  • willing to hire young people from other regions of Canada;
  • conducting activities in both official languages; and
  • stable and financially healthy.

An employer is not eligible if it is:

  • a federal department, federal agency or Crown Corporation; or
  • a provincial or territorial government department.

Note: To enable geographic mobility within the Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages program, priority will be given to employers who hire students who must travel at least 125 km from their permanent residence to their place of work.

Application deadline

The application deadline is February 3rd. Applications submitted after this date will be dealt with on a first (1st) come first (1st) serve basis and based on the availability of funds.

Application approval takes a minimum of two months following the program deadline. Please contact the appropriate delivery organization to inquire about the status of an application.

How to apply

To apply, employers are required to:

  • obtain a copy of the Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages Employer Guide by contacting the Delivery Organization to which they plan to submit an application, or the YCW Secretariat at
  • visit the Young Canada Works login page to create a new account or reactivate their profile from a previous year;
  • follow the step-by-step instructions to complete an application; and
  • submit their application to the delivery organization responsible for delivering the program in their region for evaluation.

Once the delivery organization has received an application, it will be reviewed and evaluated.

Read more about the available funding and hiring requirements in the frequently asked questions for employers.

Transportation and accommodation costs

For students who must travel at least 125 km from their permanent residence to their job site, Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages will pay the cost of one round trip between the student’s permanent residence and workplace. The program also offers an allowance for housing costs incurred by a participant who has to pay for rent.

Contact us

For questions related to internships, please contact the appropriate delivery organization.

For general questions about Young Canada Works, please contact:

Department of Canadian Heritage
Young Canada Works Secretariat
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau QC  K1A 0M5
1-800-935-5555 (toll-free)
1-800-926-9105 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm (ET).

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