Hire a newcomer as an intern

The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program helps public service managers hire eligible newcomers to fill temporary job opportunities.

The FIN Program helps you fill skilled labour shortages by hiring newcomers if you’re

  • an employer in a
    • federal government department or agency
    • government organization
  • located in or around
    • Fredericton
    • Halifax
    • Moncton
    • Ottawa-Gatineau
    • St. John’s, NL
    • Toronto
    • Victoria

You can hire candidates in fields such as

  • administration
  • project management
  • policy and research
  • procurement and material management New
  • computer science

These skilled and experienced newcomers can enhance your workplace by

  • increasing productivity and creativity
  • bringing new perspectives
  • helping to expand local and global networks

All qualified candidates have

  • been assessed by a partner immigrant-serving organization
  • good language skills and are ready to work
  • taken job–readiness training (if needed)
  • been interviewed and evaluated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Once interns begin their placement, we match them with mentors and offer training sessions to help them adapt to working in Canada.

You can support your interns by allowing them to attend these professional development sessions whenever possible.

Many internships start in September, but you can request to hire an intern throughout the year.

Hiring process

  1. Send us the statement of criteria by email or fill out and submit our online request form.
  2. We’ll match candidates to your needs and send you their profiles via VidCruiter within five business days.
  3. You’ll receive an instruction email to set up a hiring manager’s account on VidCruiter. This is easy – it will only take you 2 minutes.
  4. You’ll then review qualified candidates' profiles on VidCruiter, conduct informal interviews and check references.
  5. Lastly, you’ll complete the steps to prepare a letter of offer and initiate the security clearance process.
  6. Pay your hired candidate or candidates their salary.

According to the Public Service Employment Act, permanent residents and Canadians have equal preference in publicly available job postings.


If you're interested in hiring a FIN intern, you can receive:

  • a resource guide with information on
    • steps to follow throughout the duration of the internship
    • tip sheets to help managers build strong, diverse teams
    • mentoring and mentorship opportunities available to managers and interns
    • support and resources available to you


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