The Government of Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program is accepting proposals until February 7, 2023.

The program, which is part of the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy, exists to support activities that assist youth in gaining the essential skills to help them gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options.

Funding is provided to eligible First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, as well as not-for-profit associations, schools and employers who then provide activities for First Nations and Inuit youth aged 15-30 years old that primarily live on reserve but may currently live off reserve for education. Activities can include career promotion, science and technology activities, co-operative education placements and internships and mentored work placements.

Co-operative education placements are for students in grades 7 to 12, or secondary 1 to secondary 5, enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school. For activities promoting careers and science and technology, youth may be younger than 15 years of age. Mentored work placements are for youth who are not in school or are unemployed or underemployed.

Who can apply:

  • First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations
  • First Nations schools or federal schools on reserve
  • Not-for-profit associations
  • Private sector employers

For further details on eligibility, click here.

How to apply: 

Applicants must submit a proposal detailing the activities that will be done over the course of the agreement.

Proposals need to be gender-balanced, outline the activities that support the program’s objectives, demonstrate that activities will provide assistance only to eligible participants, provide an estimate of eligible costs, including those assumed by partners, and outline the results to be achieved by the project.

Proposals are reviewed and approved by the Indigenous Services Canada regional office.


The deadline to submit a proposal is February 7, 2023.