YCW Program Information for Canadian Students and Recent Graduates

Current Students

Click here if you are a high school, college, CEGEP or university student looking for summer employment

Two summer job programs focus on:

  • Acquiring valuable work experience and skills
  • Giving you the opportunity to explore and discover new regions within Canada
  • Helping you pay for your education

Recent Graduates

Click here if you are a recent college or university graduate, currently unemployed or underemployed and seeking an internship

Two internship programs focus on:

  • Advancing your skills through career-related experience
  • Helping you to establish contacts in the industry related to your field of study
  • Boosting your career prospects

Please note that Young Canada Works (YCW) for Aboriginal Urban Youth is moving from the Department of Canadian Heritage website to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) website. During this time YCW for Aboriginal Urban Youth will continue its regular programming, and updates regarding the program will be found at http://nafc.ca/en/content/young-canada-works.

If you have any questions, concerns, or require any assistance, please contact the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). The NAFC YCW Program Officer, Gabrielle Fayant, can be reached at gfayant@nafc.ca or 1-877-563-4844 extension 320, or the NAFC Program Manager, Brian Jackson can be reached at bjackson@nafc.ca or 1-877-563-4844 extension 326.

Thank you for your cooperation during this transition.

An Employer's Success Story…

Student and supervisor involved in the Young Canada Works program both standing  next to West Kootenay Visitor Centre sign.
"I've always had difficulty with English. I saw many other students better than me, which led me to believe I was perhaps good enough to work in an English environment. I always wanted to do something in immersion, knowing that it was a good way to learn this useful language [English]. However, I lacked courage and organization, which Young Canada Works provided to me. I could get a job to reassure me of my abilities, and a project to motivate me. Once hired, I discovered my place - I mounted an online network [for the public] to better understand my workplace, I made commercials to promote our activities via several forms of media: radio, newspapers, internet, etc., I also organized volunteers, provided training and prepared their schedules. My colleague and I are currently in the process of organizing the first edition of a festival. It wasn’t easy every day, but I know now that I'm strong enough to go through many challenges, and that I'd ultimately be successful. Now I know I can do a lot of good things in English or French! Through Young Canada Works, I discovered more within myself, and I believe in me. [YCW] offered me the chance to push and develop myself! Thank you Young Canada Works for giving me my chance."

– Wilheme Castonguay-Lachance, Assistant Manager and Naturalist, Friends of West Kootenay Parks Society