Grant Name: First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

Status:

Currently Closed

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Deadline:

February 7, 2022, at 11:59pm (EST)

Description

The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program is one of 2 programs under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy.

This program supports activities that assist youth in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options.

Activities may include career promotion, science and technology activities, co-operative education placements and internships and mentored work placements.

The program:

  • promotes the benefits and importance of education to youth participation in the labour market
  • supports the development and improvement of essential employability skills, such as communication, problem-solving and working with others
  • introduces youth to a variety of career options
  • helps youth gain skills by providing wage subsidies for mentored work experience or for mentored school-based work and study opportunities

Funding is provided to eligible First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, as well as not-for-profit associations, schools and employers who then provide activities for First Nations and Inuit youth.

Eligibility

  • First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations
  • First Nations schools or federal schools on reserve
  • Not-for-profit associations
  • Private sector employers

Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.
Not-for-profit organizations and private sector employers may be eligible for direct funding for activities that provide opportunities for eligible First Nations and Inuit youth and fall within program guidelines. Not-for-profit organizations may be eligible to receive funding to cover up to 100% of eligible expenditures.

Private sector employers may be eligible to receive funding to cover funding up to 50% of eligible expenditures.

Eligible youth participants

First Nations and Inuit youth aged 15 to 30 who are either:

  • ordinarily resident on reserve or in a recognized community (an approved settlement on Crown land)

or

  • 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)

Mentored work placements are for youth who are not in school or are unemployed or underemployed.

Ordinarily resident on reserve means that eligible youth:

  • live on reserve
  • do not maintain a primary residence off reserve
  • may be temporarily off reserve for the primary purpose of seeking education

Co-operative education placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to secondary 5), enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school.

For activities promoting careers and science and technology, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

How to Apply?

Applicants must submit detailed proposals for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement.

Proposals must:

  • follow program guidelines
  • be gender-balanced
  • outline the activities that support the program’s objectives
  • demonstrate that activities will provide assistance only to eligible participants
  • provide an estimate of eligible costs, including those assumed by partners
  • outline the results to be achieved by the project

Proposals are reviewed and approved by the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) regional office or the First Nations or Inuit organization managing the program for their member communities.

To learn more about the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy: Skills Link Program, consult the National Program Guidelines 2022 to 2023

For First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations

Recipients who have access to the ISC Services Portal can access the proposal form by opening a session on the portal.

Applicants who have access to the ISC Services Portal should use the electronic form by opening a session on the portal.

If you do not have access to the portal, contact your ISC Services Portal. For more information, e-mail education-education@sac-isc.gc.ca or call 1-800-567-9604

First Nations organizations in British Columbia must apply through the First Nations Education Steering Committee.

For not-for-profit organizations and private sector employers
You can:

  • contact your ISC regional office
  • email education-education@sac-isc.gc.ca
  • call ISC’s public enquiries line at 1-800-567-9604

National program guidelines for last year

  • First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy: Skills Link Program: National Program Guidelines 2021 to 2022

Funding Amount

Based on individual applications

Contact Information

contact your ISC regional office. For more information, e-mail education-education@sac-isc.gc.ca or call 1-800-567-9604.

Processing Fee

NA

Location/Classification

Canada
Education

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