Program Objective

To facilitate career exploration for eligible students through summer employment opportunities. This program encourages personal development through job readiness and life skills. It promotes the importance of identifying a career most suited to their academic and personal strengths which help guide them as they return to school and continue their educational journey.


The Summer Work Experience Program is a wage subsidy program that provides up to Ontario’s existing minimum wage for 30 to 40 hours per week, payable to the client by the partner employer.

  • The typical work experience for high school students is 8 weeks.
  • The typical work experience for post-secondary students is 12-14 weeks.
  • The typical wage for work experience participants is the current Ontario general minimum wage ($14.00 as of January 2018).
  • Youth work experience may result in an offer of employment from the employer.
  • Each participant is expected to meet their Youth Service Officer at least twice (up to a maximum of six times) during each work placement to ensure a positive relationship between the employer and client.

Program Supports

Job start supports could include:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) up to a maximum of $600.
  • Uniforms up to a maximum of $200.
  • Temporary transportation costs up to a maximum of 1 month and $250.

Employment retention supports could include:

  • Childcare. A childcare income and needs assessment form must be completed and approved to consider for financial support. As a result of this assessment, the amount and length of financial support will be determined.
  • Other ETS’s could include: training costs as part of the YWE placement such as: DZ license or upgrade, First Aid and/or CPR training, forklift certification, computer software, etc. up to a maximum of $1500.00.
  • Certification required from employer must be from a reputable training institution such as WHMIS.

Am I Eligible?

  1. To meet minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements you must be:
    1. A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).
    2. Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).
    3. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).
    4. 15 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection.
    5. A desire to learn, participate and accomplish personal career goals.
  2. Currently enrolled in full-time studies and returning to school the following fall (high school, college, university, and/or private training college).
  3. If a previous NPAAMB client, must demonstrate successful completion of prior interventions.
  4. Maximum of two summer work experience internship placements per client within a three-year period.
  5. The placement must align with current field of study.

How to Register

To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer for an application package. Please note that NPAAMB requires all applicants to submit a program application with a written proposal prior to being considered for labour market program funding. The Youth Service Officer’s will assist clients with the completion of some components of the application.

Proposal Requirements

  1. Project and objectives – Completed by Youth Service Officer
  2. Proposed activities and timelines
  3. Targeted participants: Identify qualities that make this individual a suitable candidate.
  4. Targeted outcome and benefits to urban Aboriginal community and youth – Completed by the employer.
  5. Means of measuring success – completed by Youth Service Officer.
  6. Commitment letter: Identifying how this position can lead to permanent employment for this client.
  7. Completed NPAAMB registration form, completed action plan, updated resume and cover letter and copies of certificates of training.

Make sure you include all supporting documents as outlined above. Failure to provide supporting documents will delay application process. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for review and approval process. Applicants will be contacted by their Youth Service Officer.

  • My experience with NPAAMB started at the Opportunity Knocks Youth Career Conference in November 2015. Since then, I worked with my Youth Service Officer to find a summer placement. My Youth Service Officer also assisted me with scholarship applications such as Indspire. Because of NPAAMB, I had a great summer placement at the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative. After only two weeks I was given the opportunity to attend the AFN 37th Annual General Assembly where I got the chance to meet many distinguished elders and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

    Clair Lenson