We’re committed to helping First Nation and Inuit youth prepare for long-term employment in the housing industry. This program provides financial assistance to help First Nations and Inuit businesses and organizations create housing-related internships for youth. These internships can provide much-needed work experience and on-the-job training to youth.

Internship opportunities can include positions in:

  • administration or office positions
  • maintenance
  • construction
  • renovation
  • client counselling

Who can sponsor a trainee?

Financial assistance to employ youth is available to a wide range of First Nation and Inuit organizations. Sponsors of youth trainees can include businesses, councils and self-government entities.

As a program sponsor, you must:

  • have the time and staff resources available to provide on-the-job training
  • have an office in a First Nation or Inuit community (or within commuting distance for the trainee)
  • cover the trainee’s travel and accommodation costs (if you’re located outside the community)
  • cover all administrative costs related to the trainee’s position (such as supervisor’s time or the provision of safety equipment)
  • hire the trainee for a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 2 years

How much assistance is available to sponsors?

CMHC provides wage subsidies to program sponsors. These subsidies cover mandatory expenses such as vacation pay, as well as Employment Insurance, pension plan and workers’ compensation premiums. Sponsors must pay at least the minimum wage for their province or territory.

Who can be a trainee?

Sponsors can offer internships to First Nation and Inuit youth between the ages of 15 and 30. To be a trainee, you don’t have to live in a First Nation or Inuit community. However, you can’t be employed somewhere else during the internship or receive Employment Insurance while in the program. If you’re already receiving Employment Insurance benefits, you must discontinue them before starting the internship.

For more information about this program, please contact your local CMHC office or CMHC consultant.

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Date Published: March 31, 2018