Objective

The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program is one of two programs Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) administers under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES).

The program has the following objectives:

  • To promote the benefits of education, as key to youth’s participation in the labour market.
  • To support the development and enhancement of young people’s essential employability skills, such as communication, problem-solving and working with others.
  • To introduce youth to a variety of career options.

Mentored Work Placements guidelines:

  • Be in accordance with program guidelines.
  • Outline the activities that will be undertaken and how they will meet the Program’s objectives.
  • Youth are ages 15-30 (inclusive).
  • May not exceed 11 months.
  • Youth may participate, only once in the program.
  • Participants will be paid a wage rate at or above the applicable provincial/territorial minimum wage.
  • Agreements/Placement must be completed by March 31 of the fiscal year in which funding is received.
  • The non-profit sector is eligible to receive a contribution of up to 100% of the applicable minimum wage, plus Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERC’s).
  • The private sector is eligible to receive up to 50% of the applicable minimum wage only.
  • Where a participant with disabilities is hired, all employers are eligible to apply for 100% of the wage and MERC. In addition, a maximum contribution of $3000 per participant may be available, on an actual cost basis, for special equipment and facilities to accommodate the participant’s needs.

Co-operative Education Placements and Internships

Youth may be younger than 15 years of age as activities under cooperative placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school

Program Details

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Eligible participants include First Nations and Inuit youth ordinarily resident on reserve, in recognized communities or on community lands, and Inuit who are residents in Canada, but who reside outside their territory and are no longer eligible to be funded by their territory (proof of refusal is required). Eligible participants have to be legally entitled to work in Canada. Youth means persons aged 15 to 30 inclusive.
  • Co-operative education placements youth may be younger than 15 years of age as activities under cooperative placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to secondary 5), enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school.

Program Supports

Employment supports

  • including, but not limited to, criminal record check, uniforms required by the workplace for the students, personal safety gear such as work boots, safety hats) up to a maximum of $300 per participant
  • actual costs for special equipment and facilities to accommodate the needs of a disabled individual, up to a maximum of $3,000 per participant

Travel Costs

  • participant costs such as living expenses, travel costs (58 cents per km)and room and board.

Insurance

  • other incidental co-op and internship placement costs including insurance for students during their co-op or internship placement