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First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)

Grants to British Columbia First Nations and Inuit Communities
to Help Youth Find Summer Employment Opportunities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA)

Deadline Date:

06/08/20 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to British Columbia First Nations and Inuit communities to partner with nonprofit and for-profit employers to provide summer employment opportunities for Inuit and First Nations youth. Recipients will coordinate the placement of eligible high school and college students ages 15-30 with partnering employer organizations.

Program Objectives:

  • To help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for their summer work experience;
  • To assist First Nations secondary and post‐secondary students in preparation for future entry into the labor market by enabling them to obtain employment experience; and
  • 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.

These objectives are consistent with, and support, the overall objectives of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Summer Work Experience Program.

Key expected results of the SWEP are:

  •  Increased awareness of the benefits of education
  •  Enhanced employability skills for participating First Nations youth

The placement must provide a minimum of 80 hours of work.

For Eligible Expenditures, see ;

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163555

Estimated Size of Grant:

The non-profit sector employers are eligible to receive a contribution of up to 100% of the applicable wage, plus mandatory employment-related costs (MERC), while the private sector employers are eligible to receive up to 50% of the applicable wage only.

Note: Where a participant with disabilities is hired, all employers are eligible for 100% of the wage expenses. A maximum contribution of $3,000 per participant may be available, on an actual cost basis, for special equipment and facilities to accommodate a disabled student’s needs.

Term of Contract:

The activities will support work experience opportunities for First Nations secondary and post-secondary students, between May 1 and the newly extended program deadline of February 28, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible recipients are First Nations communities, governments and organizations in BC.

Eligible recipients may enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Eligible participants are:

- 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; and
- 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

Ineligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

- Infrastructure or equipment purchases (e.g. computers and software); and
- Capital costs for construction of a building (other than small repairs or renovations to support the participation of persons with disabilities) or the purchase of land or building.

Pre-Application Information:

2020-2021 SWEP proposal is due Monday, June 8, 2020 by 4:30 pm.

FNESC will issue each First Nation community a 2020-2021 SWEP allocation letter stating the specific funding amount per First Nation organization, which is determined using a base amount plus per capita formula. Applicants must submit a detailed proposal for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement, clearly stating how the proposed activities will further the objectives and expected results of this program. All funding for the FNIYES SWEP will be based on approved proposals reflecting your allocation amount. Applications must be consistent with each specific community funding allocation.

The wage rate for participants will be determined by the individual completing the proposal. It must be at or above the applicable provincial minimum wage.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, FNESC is committed to continuing supports for First Nations and to adapt program delivery approaches to reflect the current situation. Please see SWEP Work Placement Suggestions in light of COVID 19 at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit complete proposals to:

First Nations Education Steering Committee
113-100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Fax: 604-925-6097

For questions, please contact Kylee Mayers, Programs Officer by email to or by phone (604) 925-6087.

For technical support, contact Brian Howard, Information Systems Coordinator at 1-855-260-8539 or

First Nations Education Steering Committee
Suite #113-100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, BC V5N 2K6

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