Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

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Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) is a job creation program under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy that aims to provide Canadian graduates with career-launching work experiences in the heritage sector throughout Canada and abroad.

The work terms last between 4 and 12 consecutive months with a regular work schedule of 30 to 40 hours per week. Salaries are competitive for the region of employment.

2014-2015 Employer Applicants

UPDATE: YCW-BCH internships are currently underway. Thank you to all applicants of the 2014-15 program.

Does your organization have a partnership with a museum in another country? Click here for more information on the YCW-BCH international component.

For important program information, please refer to the following links:

2014 Employer Guide
Employer Eligibility Criteria
Canadian Internship Selection Criteria
International Internship Selection Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Information 

Employers participating in YCW-BCH must recruit for positions through a fair and balanced selection process (i.e. open competitions and unbiased adjudication of eligible candidates), and respond to 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 note that the CMA accepts jobs that build on the many functions of a museum, such as Collections Management, Curatorial Research, Conservation & Preservation, Education, Interpretation, Public Programming and Museum Administration and Marketing.

For other YCW opportunities in the heritage sector, please consult the following YCW delivery organizations:

Association pour l'avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation (website in French only)
Canadian Council of Archives
Canadian Library Association
Heritage Canada The National Trust

2014-2015 Graduate  Applicants

Graduates who wish to apply to the YCW-HO program must register online with YCW. To create an online account, please  click here .

Online registration allows candidates to apply electronically for jobs funded through YCW-BCH across Canada and abroad. As employers receive funding approval from their delivery organization, job postings will appear online. Jobs are posted regularly, so it is recommended to check the job listings frequently.

Recruitment and hiring is conducted by the museums and heritage organizations that have obtained YCW-BCH funding. The Canadian Museums Association does not participate in the recruitment process.

Only candidates who meet the program's eligibility criteria will be considered. For participant eligibility criteria and objectives, please click here

For questions about other Government of Canada youth programs, please call the Youth Employment Strategy's Youth Info-Line:

  • Toll Free: 1-800-935-5555 

Questions? Contact:

Leah Nyman 
Program Coordinator, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
613-567-0099 ext 244 
lnyman@museums.ca