The objectives of the Indigenous Services Canada Summer Work Experience are: To help youth acquire skills by providing organizations with wage subsidies for their summer work experience. To assist First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students in preparation for future entry into the labour market by enabling them to obtain employment experience To help students acquire employability skills, to support them in financing and furthering their education and to provide students with career and labour market information and assistance in finding summer or short-term employment

Further distribution of funds by ISC’s funding recipients. When a funding recipient further transfers funds that were received under this program to a third party, the 10% allowed for administration costs must be divided between the parties, as agreed to between the parties. The total administration costs retained by all parties must not exceed 10% of the sub-total amount requested before administration costs.

Program Details


  • First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students aged 15 to 30 inclusive
  • Ordinarily resident on reserve or in recognized communities or on community lands.
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year and who intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.


The recipient will determine the wage rate for participants. It must be at or above the applicable provincial or territorial minimum wage.


The placement must provide a minimum of 80 hours of work. The activities will support work experience opportunities for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students, between May 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022.

Program Supports

Eligible expenditures include:

  • Participant wages and mandatory employment-related costs including the gross employee share of CPP, QPP, EI, vacation pay, WCB/CSST (Quebec) and where applicable, health insurance premiums; wage costs per participant will meet or exceed the applicable minimum wage in the province or territory where the work placement occurs
  • Other necessary costs directly related to a work placement, including (but not limited to): criminal record check, required uniforms, personal safety gear (for example, work boots, safety hats) up to a maximum of $300 per participant
  • Actual cost for special equipment and facilities to accommodate the needs of a disabled individual up to a maximum of $3,000, if applicable
  • Administration costs that do not exceed 10% of the sub-total amount requested before administration costs. The program’s Data Collection Instrument (DCI) will automatically calculate the amount. Eligible administration costs include (but are not limited to):
    • Office or general expense materials
    • Supplies
    • Advertising
    • Communication and printing costs
    • Professional services