The Summer Work Experience program is funded through ISETS and is designed to provide career-related, summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students, by providing wage subsidies to employers. Hire the workers you need while giving a student the summer work experience of a lifetime!


Benefits of hiring a summer student through the GREAT Student Office

  • Hire the workers you need through wage subsidy support
  • Help a student launch their career by gaining valuable experience in their industry of choice
  • Support Increasing Indigenous representation in the workforce
  • Improve your work environment by gaining modern insights from a student perspective.

For all questions and inquiries please contact the GREAT Student Office via at studentoffice@greatsn.com or by calling 519-445-2222.

Program Details


To qualify for the Summer Work Experience Program, students must be:

  • Enrolled in secondary or post-secondary institutions on a full or part-time basis (those who are on a part-time basis must show intent to return to school on a full-time basis).
  • A Six Nations band member
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Registered with the GREAT Student Office. If you are not registered, please fill out the GREAT Client Intake Form, and submit it to reception@greatsn.com to begin your intake process.


No minimum duration. Agreements range in duration, according to activities, to a maximum duration of eighteen (18) weeks.

Program Supports

  • Wage subsidies are available to employers, up to the provincial adult minimum wage rate.
  • Mandatory employment-related costs (MERCs) can be incurred by Grand River Employment and Training.
  • Special costs related to persons with disabilities may be provided if required.

Employers, Sponsors & Training Partners

Eligible Employers

If you are an employer and are interested in hiring a secondary or post-secondary student through the GREAT Student Office, you must fill out and submit your Employer Application and Job Description and Training Plan no later than January 31st at 4:00 pm.

The GREAT Student office is seeking employers who are willing to provide work experience that will prepare students to work in their chosen careers. Employers will also be required to must sign an agreement with GREAT and adhere to the terms and conditions in the agreement.

Businesses and organizations including but not limited to profit and not-for-profit, labour associations and government departments.

Employers must have:

  • A Revenue Canada Taxation number, to remit a student’s Employment Insurance benefits.
  • Proper bookkeeping policies and practices
  • Proper COVID and health and safety policies
  • Third-party liability or WSIB coverage