Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages (students)

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a summer job program for students. It offers them the opportunity to acquire work experience related to their studies and explore career opportunities, while improving their second language skills. It also offers students the chance to experience a geographic exchange and develop a network in official language minority communities.

Positions last from six to 16 weeks. Students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.

Who can apply

A student may be eligible for employment if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment;
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment;
  • have a working knowledge of both English and French; and
  • are willing to work in another region of Canada.

Note: Priority will be given to students who have not previously participated in a summer work experience program, and to those who must travel at least 125 kilometres from their permanent residence to their job site.

Application deadline

There is no deadline for students to apply, but it is recommended that applicants create an account and submit their candidacy before the summer.

How to apply

To apply, students are required to:

  • visit the Young Canada Works login page;
  • create an account by clicking on the "Sign Up" link, then complete and submit a candidate profile;
  • browse job opportunities via the "Search for a job" link in their account; and
  • express their interest in a position by clicking on the job title and then on “Express interest in this job".

Students selected for a position will be required to complete the following online forms and reports over the duration of their summer job:

  • Candidate Eligibility Form (initiated by the employer) – To confirm student eligibility to participate. This must be completed before a student is hired by their employer.
  • Staffing Report (initiated by the employer) – To ensure that the details of the job are accurate. This information must be confirmed during the first week of work.
  • End of Work Term Report – To ensure the student’s job has successfully ended. This must be completed on the student’s last day of work.
  • Evaluation Questionnaire – To provide feedback regarding the program. This must be completed at the end of the student’s employment.

Any questions about these obligations should be directed to the employer. There are instructions for all forms and reports within the student’s YCW account.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages does not hire students directly; it is the employer's responsibility to hire individuals for their funded position(s). Employers approved for funding can search through the candidate list and contact students to hold an interview. However, students are strongly encouraged to apply directly to any position of interest to them.

Transportation and accommodation costs

For students who must travel at least 125 kilometres from their permanent residence to their job site, Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages will pay the cost of one round trip between the student’s permanent residence and workplace. The program also offers an allowance for housing costs incurred by a participant who has to pay for rent. Students must contact the appropriate delivery organization for all travel arrangements.

Contact us

For questions related to summer jobs, please contact the appropriate delivery organization.

For general questions about YCW, please contact:

Address
Department of Canadian Heritage
Young Canada Works Secretariat
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5
Email
PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca
Telephone
1-800-935-5555 (toll-free)
TTY
1-800-926-9105 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST).

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