Young Canada Works – Information for Employer Applicants

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The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is pleased to deliver the Young Canada Works (YCW) program offering summer jobs and internships, a shared initiative with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Two funding streams are offered at the CMA: YCW in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) and YCW at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH).

Program update:

Funding decisions for YCW at Building Careers in Heritage (summer intake) are currently being released. Please contact your YCW program officer if you have any questions.

Here’s what you need to know:


YCW in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO)

YCW at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH)

How many jobs are created? 1,250 jobs minimum

165  jobs minimum, which includes a minimum of 75 new internships to be funded in fall 2017.

Which organizations can apply?

The CMA’s priority is to fund museums and related organizations in Canada.

Please consult the full YCW-HO eligibility criteria on the YCW website

The CMA’s priority is to fund museums and related organizations in Canada.

Canadian organizations that wish to apply for an international project proposal must coordinate their application with the host museum/organization abroad.

Please consult the full YCW-BCH eligibility criteria on the YCW website.
Who are the youth participants?

Summer positions are aimed at full-time students who are intending to return to full-time studies in the next semester.

Please review the YCW participant eligibility criteria here .

Internships are aimed at post-secondary graduates who have graduated within the past 24 months.

Please review the YCW participant eligibility criteria here .
Duration of positions
  • 6 to 16 weeks
  • 30 to 40 hours per week
  • Part-time employment is permitted for candidates with a disability
  • Positions must be scheduled during the summer, generally May to early-September
  • 4 to 12 months in Canada, 6 to 12 months for international projects (Note that the CMA typically supports internships to a maximum of 8 months in length.)
  • 30 to 40 hours per week
  • Part-time employment is permitted for candidates with a disability.
  • The entire internship must be scheduled within the Government of Canada’s fiscal year (April 1 to March 31)
  • New internships commencing in fall 2017 must be scheduled for a minimum of 4 months, starting no earlier than October 1, 2017 and ending no later than March 31, 2018.
How much funding is available?
  • YCW contributes a maximum of 75% of salary costs
  • $8,000 per job maximum
  • Limit of $50,000 per organization
  • Please note that a substantial portion of the CMA’s funding is reserved for small and medium-sized museums with annual operating budgets of less than $1 million.
  • YCW normally contributes between 25 and 50 percent of employment costs (wages, benefits and other eligible expenditures) and may, as warranted, contribute up to 75 percent of employment costs. At least 80 percent of the YCW contribution is reserved for the intern's wages and allowances
  • Maximum contributions are $10,000 per job in Canada, $12,000 for a Conservation Science job in Canada, and $15,000 for an international position
  • Limit of $50,000 per organization
Can international projects be offered? No. All work locations must be at heritage organizations in Canada. Yes . YCW-BCH funding may support both Canadian and international projects. Please click here for more information on developing an international internship proposal.
What types of positions can be funded The CMA supports jobs that build upon the many functions of a museum, such as:
  • Collections Management;
  • Curatorial Research;
  • Conservation, Preservation;
  • Education, Interpretation, Public Programming; and
  • Museum Administration and Marketing.
Please note that CMA’s YCW program does not fund general maintenance, custodial, or grounds keeping positions.
How to apply? Submit an online application at before the deadline.

The CMA strongly suggests that all employer applicants prepare and save the content of their application in a Word or text file prior to accessing the online application.

Consult our blog post on how to build a good YCW-HO application budget. 
Thinking about your 2017 YCW-BCH application? Read our new blog post for some guidance.
Next application deadline

The deadlines for all 2017 YCW programs have passed.  Please stay tuned for the launch of the new program this fall/winter!

How are employer applications reviewed and selected? All positions are evaluated by a peer review committee of museum professionals. Selection is based on the program criteria established by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Selection criteria for:
For a behind-the-scenes look at CMA’s peer review process, check out our recent blog post .
When are decisions released?

The peer review and evaluation process takes a minimum of 2 months to complete. Decisions for YCW-HO are typically released in April, while YCW-BCH decisions are typically released in May.

All employer applicants will receive a response.

What are the YCW program’s service standards?

We will acknowledge receipt of a funding application within 10 calendar days.

Our goal is to issue an official notification of the funding decision within 10 weeks of the application deadline.

YCW employer contracts
We will issue a contract to be signed by the YCW employer within 15 calendar days of the approval of all candidates and receipt of all required information.

Payments will be issued within 21 calendar days of the fulfillment of the requirements outlined in the contract signed with the YCW employer.

If I am selected, what paperwork will I have to fill?

Approved employers will be required to sign a contract and complete mandatory reports at the beginning and end of the work term. This checklist will provide you with more detailed information.

Contract Terms and Conditions are available here:

How are youth participants selected?

Approved employers are responsible for conducting their own recruitment.

Employers must recruit for approved positions through a fair and balanced selection process (i.e. open competitions and unbiased adjudication of eligible candidates), and respond to youth applicants in a timely manner.

Employers must confirm that their candidates are registered on the YCW interactive website. This candidate inventory also serves as an online recruitment resource for employers to staff their YCW positions.

Please review the YCW participant eligibility criteria for the summer job program here , and for the internship program here .

Other resources Please consult the Employer Guide for more information about this and other YCW programs.

Other organizations offering the YCW program in the heritage sector include:
Was your YCW project a success? CMA welcomes your success stories! Please tell us about your experience. Please click here  for more information.

To read past success stories, please click here .

For inquiries in English:
Sarah Drumm
YCW-HO Program Coordinator
613-567-0099 ext 247

For inquiries in French:

Vanessa Hétu
Program Officer, YCW-HO
613-567-0099 ext 251

Leah Nyman  
YCW-BCH Program Coordinator (interim)
613-567-0099 ext 244