We’re committed to helping Indigenous youth prepare for long-term employment in the housing industry. The Housing Internship for Indigenous Youth (HIIY) program provides financial assistance to help businesses and organizations create housing-related internships for Indigenous youth. These internships can provide youth with much-needed work experience and on-the-job training.
Internship opportunities can include positions in:
- housing administration
- tenant relations
- and more
Who can sponsor a trainee?
- Indigenous governments and affiliated organizations (including Band Councils, Tribal Councils, self-government entities)
- Indigenous organizations in the public or not-for-profit sector
- Indigenous businesses in the for-profit sector
- Non-Indigenous employers in the public, private, or not-for-profit sectors seeking to employ Indigenous youth
As a program sponsor, you must:
- Have the time and staff resources available to provide:
- On-the-job training
- Coaching and mentoring
- Support for relevant training & skills development
- Have the willingness to provide financial and/ or social supports to help youth trainees overcome barriers to a successful internship experience (for instance, by covering travel or accommodation costs).
- Cover the cost of administration related to the youth trainee position. Some examples of costs include supervisor’s time, use of office space and equipment, and provision of tools, technology and safety equipment required by the position.
- Hire the trainee for a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a maximum of 2 years (Approval of year 2 of the internship is subject to available funding).
How much assistance is available to sponsors?
CMHC provides wage subsidies to program sponsors. These subsidies cover all mandatory expenses such as Employment Insurance, Canada and/or Quebec Pension Plans workers’ compensation premiums, vacation pay and Northern allowance (if applicable). Sponsors must pay at least the minimum wage for their province or territory.
Who can be a trainee?
- Sponsors can offer internships to Indigenous youth between the ages of 15 and 30 inclusive.
- Youth must not be receiving Employment Insurance while they participate in the HIIY program. If they are already receiving Employment Insurance benefits, they must agree to discontinue them before starting the internship.
- Interns cannot be employed elsewhere during the internship.
For more information about one of these options, please contact your CMHC Housing Solutions Specialist – Indigenous and the North.