September 1, 2020 — Second YCW-BCH (graduate internship) application intake period
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is launching a second call for Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) program applications for the 2019-2020 program year.
August 27, 2020 — YCW Update
Thanks to supplemental funding from the Government of Canada for the YCW program, we are now in a position to fund a greater number of jobs and internships. The CMA is now accepting additional applications for the YCW-BCH (internships for graduates) program. The deadline to submit a YCW-BCH application is September 23, 2020.
Please take the opportunity to submit your application to help increase the capacity of your institution and provide development opportunities for dedicated young graduates, all while demonstrating the need for funding in the museum sector. These internships will need to be carried out between mid-November 2020 and March 31st, 2021.
Visit the CMA's YCW Program web pages for program updates and important information on Employer Eligibility Criteria, Selection Criteria and FAQs.
August 11, 2020
July 17, 2020 — YCW Update
We recently told you that the Government of Canada has said it will be offering a supplement to the Young Canada Works program for jobs and internships in 2020-21. Last week, we completed and submitted our application for this supplement. We will keep you posted on developments and we look forward to the possibility of funding a greater number of jobs and internships, and to maximizing funds available for museums and future museum professionals. If all goes well, we hope to release new funding decisions in the next few weeks. Any employers receiving funding offers from our waitlists will be contacted individually.
In the meantime, we would encourage employers on our waitlists to start thinking about how to adapt their project proposals in light of closures and public health protocols. There are many useful projects that a student or graduate intern can do for your institution, all while having a high-quality work experience to help them launch their own careers. Provided tasks remain within the spirit of your original application, we will be very open to discussing modified workplans. The CMA also anticipates issuing an additional call for applications under our graduate internships program.
July 3, 2020 — Young Canada Works supplemental funding for 2020-21
We have just learned that the Government of Canada will be offering a supplement to the Young Canada Works program specifically for jobs and internships in the heritage sector for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The $11 million supplement will be split among the delivery organizations. This means the CMA will be in a position to fund a greater number of jobs and internships, and to maximize funds available for museums. We are currently working hard at the CMA to analyse scenarios and we expect to prepare a proposal to the Department of Canadian Heritage for the Minister’s approval. The Department has emphasized a certain increase in flexibility, for example regarding amounts to be funded, the approach to positions and the periods during which jobs can be undertaken. We will provide more information in due course, but we wanted to share this positive news as ultimately this is good news for Canada’s museums and future museum professionals.
May 15, 2020 — Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (graduate internships, 2020-2021)
Initial funding decisions for BCH (graduate internships) have been released. If you have not heard from us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 15, 2020 — Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (summer student positions, 2020)
Initial funding decisions for the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (summer jobs) program have been released. If you have not heard from us, please send an email to email@example.com.
We understand that museums across Canada are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In this light, we encourage you at this time to carry forward as though you will continue to require a summer student, but to stay in contact with YCW program staff to adjust your funding offer to best suit the needs of your organization. At present, the CMA can accommodate the following adjustments:
- As in previous years, both start and end dates of positions as well as the total length of your work term remain flexible.
- Reduce the number of hours per week (to a minimum of 30 hours/week) to stretch the work term over a longer period.
- Reduction of the total length of work (to a minimum of 6 weeks of work) to lessen the financial strain on employer organizations by reducing the matching contribution from the employer needed to host a meaningful summer job for a young Canadian.
- Allow remote work for part or all of the work term, with appropriate supervision.
May 1, 2020 — Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (graduate internships, 2019-2020)
All YCWBCH graduate internships funded under the 2019-2020 program year must have ended on April 30th, 2020. YCW Program Staff are processing final payments as quickly as circumstances allow.
You must submit all of your final reporting before we are able to process your final payment. If you have any questions about your reporting requirements, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Program Officer, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Young Canada Works (YCW) Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 program cycle, funding innovative employment opportunities for students and young graduates. We encourage museums interested in developing young museum professionals to apply.
Employer applicants are encouraged to apply for funding based on the anticipated needs of their organizations in 2020. Please consult the Employer Guide (2019 – updated version coming soon) for any funding restrictions per position and per organization.
There are two deadlines, the deadline for applications to the YCW in Heritage Organizations program stream (summer jobs for students) is January 15, 2020. The deadline for applications to the YCW at Building Careers in Heritage program stream (internships for graduates) is March 1, 2020.
Please visit the Canadian Museums Association's YCW program web pages for program updates and important information on employer eligibility criteria, selection criteria and frequently asked questions.
Applications must be submitted online at young-canada-works.canada.ca. The CMA strongly suggests that all employer applicants start their 2020-2021 applications well in advance. We also recommend that employers prepare and save the content of their application in a Word or text file prior to accessing the online application.
For technical support, please call us at 613-567-0099.
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This program is made possible by the Government of Canada.