Frequently asked questions for students and graduates – Young Canada Works

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How does the Young Canada Works (YCW) program work?

YCW provides funding to delivery organizations (third-party organizations that deliver the YCW program) who in turn offer summer jobs and internships. Upon evaluation and approval, the positions are posted on the YCW website.

YCW does not hire students or graduates directly; it is the employer's responsibility to hire students or graduates for their funded position(s). However, we strongly encourage you to apply directly to any summer job or internship that interests you.

If you are selected for a position, you will be required to complete the following online forms and reports over the duration of your summer job or internship:

Any questions about these obligations should be directed to the employer. You will find instructions for all forms and reports via your YCW account.

Am I eligible to participate in YCW?

General student eligibility criteria (summer jobs)

You are eligible if you:

  • 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) while employed with the program;
  • have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW assignment; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW assignment.

Note: Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.

General intern eligibility criteria (internships)

You are eligible if you:

  • 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) while employed with the program;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
  • are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
  • will not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and
  • have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

Note: Interns with a disability are eligible for part-time work in Canada only.

How do I apply to the program and is there a deadline?

You can apply to the program by visiting the Young Canada Works login page and clicking on the "Sign Up" link. You will be required to enter contact information and details on your educational and work history. Once you have created your account, you can browse job opportunities via the "Search for a job" link in your YCW account. To express interest in a position, click on a job title and then on "Express interest in this job".

Please note that YCW does not hire students or graduates directly; it is the employer's responsibility to hire students or graduates for their funded position(s). However, we strongly encourage you to apply directly to any summer job or internship that interests you.

There is no deadline for students or graduates to apply, but is recommended that you create an account and submit your candidacy before the summer.

I am a disabled person. What are my options?

If you have a disability, you may be eligible for part-time work. Talk to your potential employer or contact us for more information at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

Can I receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits during my summer job or internship?

Students and interns cannot receive EI while employed under YCW.

I have participated in YCW before. Can I apply again?

Can I work in a different city, province or territory?

Yes. If you wish to work in a different location than your place of permanent residence, search the YCW job postings within your YCW account. You can filter your search results by city, province or territory.

Note: For the Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages program, priority will be given to students who must travel at least 125 kilometres from their permanent residence to their job site.

Can I get reimbursed for my transportation and/or accommodation costs?

For students who must travel at least 125 kilometres from their residence to their job site, Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages will offer a housing allowance and will pay the cost of one round trip between the student’s permanent residence and workplace.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations may cover transportation costs for students who travel more than 125 kilometres between their primary residence and their summer job.

For Canadian internships outside the province in which the intern resides, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage will cover transportation costs between the intern's residence and the job site.

For international internships, YCW will cover transportation and part of accommodation costs abroad.

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French only offers international internships, while Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage offers internships both in Canada and abroad.

Note: Applications for travel assistance are made through your employer or delivery organization.

I have a different problem/question. Who should I contact?

Who do I contact if I want my T4 or Record of Employment (ROE)?

Speak to your employer for your T4. Contact Service Canada to acquire a Record of Employment.

I need paper copies of my YCW forms/reports. Where can I get them?

Ask your employer to contact their delivery organization for paper copies of forms and reports.

I have paper copies of my YCW forms/reports. Do I need to mail these items to someone?

Send all hard copy documentation to your employer's delivery organization.

I found a glitch on the website. Do you offer technical support?

Email us at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

I have a general question about the YCW program.

Email us at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

I want to make a suggestion/comment about the YCW program.

Email us at PCH.coordonnateurjct-ycwcoordinator.PCH@canada.ca.

Can I apply directly to YCW with my resume?

No. You must create an account to participate in YCW.

I need to quit my work assignment. What do I do?

Talk to your employer and complete the remainder of your reporting obligations (End of Work Term Report). Your employer must inform their delivery organization of your departure.

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