Information for employer applicants (YCWHO)


YCW in Heritage Organizations 

YCWHO funds summer job placements for students aged 15 to 30.

The employer application deadline for the YCW in Heritage Organizations (Summer Jobs) program has passed and decisions have been released.

Which organizations can apply?

The CMA’s priority is to fund museums and related organizations in Canada.

Please consult the full YCWHO eligibility criteria on the YCW website.

Who are the youth participants?

Summer positions are aimed at full-time students who are intending to return to full-time studies in the next semester.

Please review the YCW participant eligibility criteria .

Given the increasing demand from youth for YCWHO summer jobs, employers are encouraged to give priority to recruiting new participants in this program. Employers whose preferred candidate has previously participated in a YCWHO position at their organization must provide written justification to their delivery organization explaining how the new position will further develop the participant’s skills and knowledge.

Duration of positions

  • 6 to 16 weeks

  • 30 to 40 hours per week

  • Part-time employment is permitted for candidates with a disability

  • Positions must be scheduled during the summer, generally May to early-September

    How much funding is available?

    • YCW contributes a maximum of 75% of salary costs

    • $8,000 per job maximum

    • Please note that a substantial portion of the CMA’s funding is reserved for small and medium-sized museums with annual operating budgets of less than $1 million.

      Can international projects be offered?

      No. All work locations must be at heritage organizations in Canada.

      What types of positions can be funded?

      The CMA supports jobs that build upon the many functions of a museum, such as:

      • Collections Management;

      • Curatorial Research;

      • Conservation, Preservation;

      • Education, Interpretation, Public Programming; and

      • Museum Administration and Marketing.

      Applicants should consider offering innovative employment opportunities for our future colleagues that make use of their capacity and passion for the sector.

      Please note that CMA’s YCW program does not fund general maintenance, custodial, or grounds keeping positions.

      How to apply?

      Submit an online application at before the deadline.

      The CMA strongly suggests that all employer applicants prepare and save the content of their application in a Word or text file prior to accessing the online application.

      Consult our Twitter Story for tips on building a good YCWHO application.

      Next application deadline

      • The deadline for YCWHO (summer student) applications for the 2020-2021 program year (summer 2020) was January 15, 2020.
      • The application intake period for the 2021-2022 program year is expected to open in the autumn

      How are employer applications reviewed and selected?

      All positions are evaluated by a peer review committee of museum professionals. Selection is based on the program criteria established by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

      Selection criteria for:

      When are decisions released?

      The peer review and evaluation process takes a minimum of two months to complete. Decisions for YCWHO are typically released in April. YCWBCH decisions are typically released in May.

      All employer applicants will receive a response.

      What are the YCW program’s service standards?

      We will acknowledge receipt of a funding application within 10 calendar days.

      Our goal is to issue an official notification of the funding decision within 10 weeks of the application deadline.

      YCW employer contracts
      We will issue a contract to be signed by the YCW employer within 15 calendar days of the approval of all candidates and receipt of all required information.

      Payments will be issued within 21 calendar days of the fulfillment of the requirements outlined in the contract signed with the YCW employer.

      If I am selected, what paperwork will I have to fill?

      Approved employers will be required to sign a contract and complete mandatory reports at the beginning and end of the work term. This checklist will provide you with more detailed information.

      How are youth participants selected?

      Approved employers are responsible for conducting their own recruitment.

      Employers must recruit for approved positions through a fair and balanced selection process (i.e. open competitions and unbiased adjudication of eligible candidates), and respond to youth 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 review the YCW participant eligibility criteria for the summer job program here , and for the internship program here .

      Other resources

      Please consult the Employer Guide for more information about this and other YCW programs.

      Other organizations offering the YCW program in the heritage sector include:

      Was your YCW project a success?

      CMA welcomes your success stories! Please tell us about your experience. Please click here for more information.

      To read past success stories, please click here .


      Mark Poirier

      Young Canada Work in Heritage Organizations

      613-567-0099 ext 252

      Nathan Hasselstrom

      Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

      613-567-0099 ext 246

      Contact Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (internships):

      Nathan Hasselstrom

      613-567-0099 ext 246

      Thank you to our supporters

      This program is made possible by the Government of Canada.

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