Youth Initiative

Assessment Time Frame: Minimum four (4) weeks.


  • Designed to assist eligible youth (15 – 30) and youth employment projects by providing training/work experience opportunities that lead to continuing employment skills development and or future employment.
  • To assist eligible students to prepare for future entry into labour market.
  • Program focuses on providing work experience and developmental learning for in-school youth through the provision of a wage subsidy to employers.
  • To assist eligible participants develop knowledge, skills and attitudes when combined with the training and work experience to assist them in career development.

Eligible Employers:

Aboriginal Bands/Tribal Councils;

Not-for-profit employers; (less than 100 employees)

  • Aboriginal & non-aboriginal companies (sole proprietors, partnerships)
  • Aboriginal & non-aboriginal corporations without share capital;
  • Churches and religious organizations;
  • Community groups, charitable and voluntary organizations;
  • Associations of workers and employers, professional and industrial organizations;
  • Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce;
  • Ad hoc groups;
  • Public health and public educational institutions;
  • Municipal governments;

For-profit employers; (less than 100 employees)


  • Aboriginal and non-aboriginal companies (sole proprietors, partnerships);
  • Aboriginal & non-aboriginal corporations with share capital;
  • Self-employed aboriginal persons;
  • Federal corporations;
  • Provincial corporations;
  • Cooperatives;
  • Private health and private education institutions.

Eligible Participants:

  • Must be First Nation/Inuit;
  • For one (1) or more participants;
  • Must be working age;
  • No longer required by law to attend school;
  • Current employees either newly hired or employed with Employer for a longer period at risk to lose employment;
  • Priority to those at risk of lay off due to technological changes in worksite, or training which will allow them to access broader range of occupation;
  • Training is intended to meet current of future skill requirements.


Activities, Duration, & Cost


  • Training and work experience designed to meet individual or community needs
  • Activities should prepare participants for entry into labour market
  • May include short certificate training (i.e. first aid)

Duration: Maximum: 52 weeks. Minimum 30 hour per week (exceptions for persons with disability).

Eligible Costs: the following are eligible costs, subject to negotiations.

  • Wages for participants (maximum up to minimum wage hourly rate);
  • Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) for non-profit organizations (i.e.: Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Board rate, holiday pay);
  • Overhead (for non-profit organizations only);
  • Training costs (includes salaries of instructors or trainers, purchase of training courses, purchase of textbooks and other instructional material);
  • Special Costs are negotiable (i.e. equipment rental).


Approval and Application Process:

Approval Process:

  • Program Officer reviews proposal content and poses assessment questions to sponsor.
  • Projects under $50,000 are reviewed and approved internally at SASET.
  • Projects $50,000 and over are reviewed internally and then approved SASET Advisory Committee at their next convened meeting.

Application Process:

* It takes a minimum of four (4) weeks to assess a proposal.
* The following documents are required:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Completed and signed original Yth application
  3. Band Council Resolution (BCR) or board motion decision sheet
  4. Job titles and detailed job descriptions for Project Manager and participants
  5. Detailed training plan (include dates, time frames, number of hours, activities, and objectives)
  6. Course outlines and locations for any off-site training
  7. Copy of instructors/trainers resumes
  8. Specify or outline Sonsor/Partner contributions