YCW in Heritage Organizations

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YCW in Heritage Organizations is a job creation program under the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) that aims to provide summer work experience students can build on. While employers gain access to a pool of enthusiastic young workers, students gain the opportunity to work in the field of built heritage while earning money for their education. This is a great opportunity for students and employers from coast to coast.

The application period for 2017 is now open. Read our success stories and get inspired for the 2017-2018 program year!

In 2016 YCW in Heritage Organizations created over 70 jobs across the country. Thank you to everyone involved who made it a very successful year.
Student work terms last between 6 and 16 consecutive weeks with a regular work schedule of 30 to 40 hours per week. Salaries are competitive for the region of employment.

YCW may contribute up to 75 percent of the student's employment costs (wages, benefits and other eligible expenditures). The maximum YCW contribution is $8,000 per job.

Employer Applicants

Program Criteria

Your organization is eligible if it is:

  • an incorporated, non-profit organization in Canada engaged in the heritage sector (such as a museum, archives, library, historic site, heritage building, zoo, botanical garden);
  • an educational or cultural institution that has distinct objectives, programs and budget related to heritage;
  • a non-profit organization, under a provincial, territorial, regional or municipal government, that has distinct objectives, programs and budget related to heritage;
  • a professional heritage service organization;
  • an Aboriginal regional government or governing body (band/tribal council) and/or Aboriginal organization with a mandate to preserve and support Aboriginal heritage; and
  • stable and financially healthy.

Your organization is not eligible if it is:

  • a federal department, federal agency or a Crown Corporation*;
  • a provincial or territorial government department;
  • for-profit.

*Note: Incorporated, non-profit heritage organizations in Canada with a mandate in support of a federal entity may be eligible if they are operationally independent of the federal entity and will be the employer of a student or intern.

Employers participating in YCW-HO must staff student positions through a fair and balanced selection process (including open competitions and unbiased adjudication of eligible candidates) and respond to applicants in a timely manner. Employers must also verify that all YCW employees are registered on the YCW interactive website.
Please note that the National Trust places emphasis on historic places and therefore will give preference to those employers who are offering jobs and experience in this sector.

If you are planning to hire an eligible student from another part of the country, YCW may defray some transportation costs, in accordance with established policies. If you are considering candidates from another part of the country, telephone interviews are recommended. After your selected candidate is approved by the National Trust, it is possible to set up transportation arrangements.

If you have hired a participant with a disability, the National Trust, upon prior approval, may reimburse reasonable costs related to job accommodation requirements up to a maximum of $3,000 per participant.

How to Apply

The application period for 2017 is now open. Read our success stories and get inspired for the 2017-2018 program year!

All applications received by the deadline will be considered and evaluated through a peer review process.

Your application will be evaluated on the following information:

  • The objectives to be met during the work term.
  • The benefits of creating the position in question.
  • The parties who will benefit from the creation of this position.
  • A detailed work plan.
  • Transferable skills to be gained by the employee.
  • The profile of your ideal candidate, including level of education and other specific skills.
  • Description of the orientation and workplace that will be provided to the participant during the employment period.
  • Characteristics of the work environment and city where the work will take place.
  • Any other relevant information and/or opportunities that will be offered to the student.

For more information on the selection criteria please visit http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1466191409480

All applicants to the National Trust for Canada will receive a response.

Student Applicants

Program Criteria

All summer students must:

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada. Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible;
  • be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • meet the eligibility criteria of the program for which you have been approved;
  • be registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;
  • be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.

In addition, student participants in a Summer Work Experience program must:

  • have been a full-time student (as defined by his or her educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job;
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW job;
    Note: Priority is given to candidates who have not previously participated in a summer work experience program.

How to Apply

All students who wish to apply to the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) program must register with YCW by creating an account at www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca

Registration allows students to apply electronically for jobs funded through YCW-HO and other YCW programs across Canada. The candidate inventory also provides employers with an online resource to recruit students to staff their YCW positions. Job postings appear on the website on a continual basis as employers receive funding approval. Students should refer back to the website regularly for new summer 2017 postings.

Recruitment and hiring is conducted by organizations that have obtained YCW-HO summer job funding. The National Trust does not participate in the recruitment process.

Only students who meet the program’s eligibility criteria will be considered.

For questions about other Government of Canada youth programs, please call the Youth Employment Strategy’s Youth Info-Line at 1-800-935-5555.