August 11, 2020
Supplemental funding for Young Canada Works program
One of our objectives at the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is to strengthen the museum workforce today and for the future. We do this in a few ways, including through our delivery of the Young Canada Works (YCW) program.
The CMA is happy to confirm and grateful that, 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, and to maximize funds available for museums and future museum professionals.
An additional $2.4 million will go toward Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (short-term job experiences) and an additional $2.6 million will be devoted to Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (internships for graduates). This is in addition to funding for the program previously announced in December.
Updates for the YCW-HO (short-term work experience) program
Employers with applications on our YCW-HO waitlist will be individually contacted regarding funding offers in the upcoming days and weeks.
Program requirements are now more flexible: museums may now be eligible to add additional positions, employ students into the fall and winter and revise a previously declined or cancelled position. Be sure to contact a YCW program officer for more details.
Updates for the YCW-BCH (internships for graduates) program
Employers with applications on our YCW-BCH waitlist will be individually contacted regarding funding offers in the upcoming days and weeks. Program requirements are now more flexible, and employers may expect to receive a greater YCW contribution per position than allowed by the previous program caps.
The YCW-BCH program stream will also be launching an additional call for program applications, beginning mid-August. To prepare, we recommend that any interested employers review the application guidelines. Internships funded under this intake supplement will need to be carried out between mid-November 2020 and March 31st, 2021. More information to come soon.
YCW is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. The CMA works with the Department of Canadian Heritage to deliver the YCW program, which funds work experiences in museums and cultural heritage organizations. YCW is an important investment in the future of Canada’s museums and cultural sector, creating professional development opportunities for young Canadians who will become our future colleagues.
Young Canada Works is generously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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