Frequently asked questions for employers – Young Canada Works

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How does the Young Canada Works (YCW) program work?

YCW provides funding to employers to create summer jobs for students and internships for graduates. The program offers young Canadians the opportunity to gain the skills, experience and ability they require to enter Canada's workforce.

To acquire funding, an employer must complete and submit an application, which outlines the position(s) they wish to create for a student or intern. These details consist of the organization and supervisor's contact information, the job's details (i.e. the proposed project or job and how the YCW participant, employer, and community [if applicable] will benefit from the experience), as well as a budget to indicate the project or job costs and the amount requested from YCW. Once you have completed an application, it will be submitted to a specific Delivery Organization.

There are 11 Delivery Organizations that deliver the four YCW programs. Employers should choose a Delivery Organization with a mandate closest to that of their organization or project or the organization responsible for delivering YCW in their region.

To do so, review the list of Delivery Organizations. Click on the name of an organization to visit its website, review its mandate, and determine whether it fits with yours.

Once the Delivery Organization has received your application, it will be reviewed and evaluated. Employers are strongly encouraged to read the Young Canada Works Employer Guide prior to submitting an application. A guide can be obtained through the appropriate Delivery Organization, or the YCW Secretariat at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

Is my organization eligible to participate?

Employer eligibility criteria vary. Select a program below to learn more about who can apply.

YCW offers two programs for summer jobs:

YCW also offers two programs for internships:

If you are still uncertain, contact a Delivery Organization for further information regarding your organization's eligibility.

How do I apply to the program and is there a deadline?

Employers who wish to apply for YCW funding must complete an application and submit it to the appropriate Delivery Organization for evaluation. Please visit the Young Canada Works login page to create an account and submit a job application.

Before applying to the program, we strongly encourage employers to read the Young Canada Works Employer Guide to prepare for the application process. It is also recommended to visit the links above to ensure your organization is eligible to apply to the program.

The deadline to apply for the summer jobs program Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is January 22.

The deadline to apply for the summer jobs program Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is February 3.

The deadlines to apply for the internships program and Languages at Work are determined by the Delivery Organizations that administer these programs. Please contact the appropriate Delivery Organization to inquire about deadlines.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for evaluation.

How much funding is provided to employers?

Funding varies among the programs. Please refer to the list of programs below for further information. If you have any questions, contact your Delivery Organization.

Young Canada Works summer jobs

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

  • YCW may contribute a maximum of 75% of the student's employment costs (i.e. wages, benefits and other eligible expenditures). YCW cannot fund more than $8,000 per job.
  • YCW may fund a maximum total contribution of $50,000 per employer.
  • If you hire a person with a disability, YCW may reimburse a maximum of $3,000 for reasonable costs related to job accommodation requirements.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

  • YCW may contribute a maximum of 50% of the student's employment costs (i.e. wages, benefits and other eligible expenditures) for private and public sector organizations.
  • YCW may contribute a maximum of 70% of the student's employment costs (i.e. wages, benefits and other eligible expenditures) for non-profit organizations.
  • If you hire a person with a disability, YCW may reimburse a maximum of $3,000 for reasonable costs related to job accommodation requirements.

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 more than 125 km from their permanent residence to their workplace.

Young Canada Works internships

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

  • YCW may contribute a maximum of $10,000 per internship in Canada.
  • YCW may contribute a maximum of $12,000 per science internship in Canada.
  • YCW may contribute a maximum of $15,000 per international internship.
  • A minimum of 80% of the contribution must be reserved for the intern's wages and allowances. As per your Delivery Organization's approval, the remaining 20% may be allocated to cover administration costs related to the internship.
  • If you hire a person with a disability, YCW may reimburse a maximum of $3,000 for reasonable costs related to job accommodation requirements.

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French

  • YCW may contribute a maximum of 75% of the cost of an international internship. Costs may include wages, benefits, administration, lodging, and transportation.
  • YCW may fund a maximum total contribution of $13,000 per internship.
  • If you hire a person with a disability, YCW may reimburse a maximum of $3,000 for reasonable costs related to job accommodation requirements.

Note: The employer will be expected to demonstrate commitment to the project/position by matching or exceeding the YCW contribution through financial and in-kind contributions.

Does YCW provide reimbursements for travel and/or accommodations?

Travel/accommodation reimbursements vary among the programs. Please refer to the list of programs below for further information. If you have any questions, contact your Delivery Organization.

Young Canada Works summer jobs

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

  • If you wish to hire an eligible student from another part of Canada, YCW may reimburse some transportation costs in accordance with established policies.
  • After selecting a candidate, contact your Delivery Organization to discuss transportation arrangements. They will provide you with the required forms to request a reimbursement.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

  • YCW will offer a housing allowance for students living more than 125 km from their workplace, and will pay the cost of one round trip between the student's permanent residence and workplace in accordance with established policies.

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 more than 125 km from their permanent residence to their place workplace.

Young Canada Works internships

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

  • If you wish to hire an eligible graduate from another part of Canada, YCW may reimburse some transportation costs in accordance with established policies.
  • After selecting a candidate, contact your Delivery Organization to discuss transportation arrangements. Your Delivery Organization will provide you with the required forms to request a reimbursement.

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French

  • This program only funds international internships; therefore, transportation and lodging costs are included in the YCW funding offer.

When will I receive notification regarding my application?

Application approval takes a minimum of two months following the program deadline. If you wish to inquire about the status of your application, please contact your Delivery Organization.

I was not approved for funding. What are my options?

If you have been informed that you were not approved for funding, you may contact your Delivery Organization for feedback on your application.

I was approved for funding. What are my obligations?

As a YCW employer, you must adhere to the contractual terms and conditions of the program in which you are participating. You will find those terms and conditions in your contract. Please contact your Delivery Organization for more details.

Employers are strongly encouraged to read the Young Canada Works Employer Guide to prepare for the application process, learn about employer obligations and find further information on the YCW programs.

Over the duration of the summer job or internship, you will also be required to complete the following online forms and reports:

  • Candidate Eligibility Form to confirm your participant's eligibility. This must be completed before you hire your student or intern.
  • Staffing Report to ensure that the job details match your contract. This must be completed during the first week of your student or intern's work.
  • An End of Work Term Report to ensure the job or internship has successfully ended. This must be completed on the student or intern's last day of work.
  • An Evaluation Questionnaire to provide feedback regarding the program. This must be completed at the end of the employment period.

If you have any questions about these obligations, please talk to your Delivery Organization. There are instructions for all forms and reports within your YCW account.

Who can I hire for my YCW funded position?

You must ensure that the candidate you hire meet the eligibility criteria below:

General student eligibility criteria (summer jobs)

A student is eligible if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • have been a full-time student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW assignment; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW assignment.

Note: Persons with disabilities are eligible for part-time work.

General intern eligibility criteria (internships)

An individual is eligible if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  • are unemployed or underemployed;
  • are a college or university graduate;
  • will not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and
  • have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

Note: Persons with disabilities are eligible for part-time work in Canada only.

I have a different question. Who should I contact?

I need paper copies of my YCW forms/reports. Where can I get them?

Contact your Delivery Organization for paper copies of forms and reports.

I have paper copies of my YCW forms/reports. Do I need to mail these items to someone?

Send all hard copy documentation to your Delivery Organization.

I found a glitch on the website. Do you offer technical support?

Email us at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

I have a general question about the YCW program.

Email us at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

I want to make a suggestion/comment about the YCW program.

Email us at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

My student/intern needs to quit their work assignment. What do I do?

Inform your Delivery Organization of the situation to determine whether it is possible to hire another candidate for the position.

The nature of the funded project/position is changing (e.g. dates, overall work period, tasks). What should I do?

Contact your Delivery Organization as soon as possible to inform them of any significant changes to the job or internship.

What are the next steps?

Contact your Delivery Organization if you have any questions about your reporting obligations.

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