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Young Canada Works (YCW) Update: Additional

Young Canada Works (YCW) Update: Additional $3.3 Million Available to Fund Archives & Library Positions

August 6, 2020

Update from the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA):

Dear Colleagues:

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on June 25th, the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) is pleased to confirm that an additional $3.3M has been made available to fund archives and library Young Canada Works (YCW) positions on our current waitlists for 2020-2021.

“Students are passionate, engaged, and ready to make a difference. They face serious challenges as a result of the global pandemic, and these unique circumstances call for unique action. The additional investments we are making will ensure that young people not only remain connected to the job market but also have the tools they need to keep their eye fixed on a future of their choosing.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Due to this year’s extraordinary circumstances, the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) has also authorized CCA to increase the Young Canada Works funding contributions to a maximum of 85% of the total salary commitment, including total gross salary and the employer mandatory costs per youth employed through a YCW project.

CCA is in the process of contacting all project managers for approved and waitlisted projects, to revise budgets and assist with any necessary adjustments to their YCW hiring plans.

While there will not be an official call for new applications, CCA will be creating a new waitlist for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, and will be accepting additional applications for:

  • Internship job applications for graduates – minimum of sixteen weeks and ending by March 31, 2021
  • Short-term job applications for students – full-time or part-time positions, lasting six to sixteen weeks and ending by March 31, 2021

New waitlisted positions do not have guaranteed funding; however, with the situation being fluid in most jurisdictions, we will be working with all potential employers to maximize the available YCW resources, to support as many quality student / graduate employment opportunities as possible. Potential YCW employers who would like to submit an archives (operating in FR or EN) or library (operating in EN) job application to this waitlist should visit to create an account and complete an application.

If you are uncertain about how to proceed with an approved project or a potential waitlisted project, you are not alone. CCA is committed to working with you to find solutions to ensure the successful completion of your project for youth. To this end, we will be hosting three discussion opportunities, via Zoom, with current and potential employers. A panel will showcase how they have successfully transformed their current YCW projects to meet the public health restrictions in their respective regions. We will share ideas, success stories, and discuss some lessons learned.

You are invited to register for one of these FREE sessions through the following links:

August 13, 2020 at 11:30am to 12:30pm Eastern

August 18, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern

September 2, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern

  • A meeting link will be sent to all registrants before the session.
  • Sessions will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation provided online through the Zoom platform.
  • You may also join via telephone, however, simultaneous interpretation will only be available online.


  • Overview, program changes for 2020-2021 and housekeeping notes (3 minutes)
  • Introduction of panel participants/YCW employers (3-5 people) (2 minutes)
  • Presentations by each panel member (3-5 minutes each, maximum of 25 minutes)
  • Open discussion with participants/Questions and answers (maximum of 30 minutes)

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Christina Nichols

Christina Nichols, Executive Director / Directrice exécutive
Canadian Council of Archives/Conseil canadien des archives

(Via Canadian Council of Archives)

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