CreateAction - 2021

What is the program?

CreateAction brings together employers, youth and community leaders to promote pathways to meaningful employment and improve youth wellbeing.

The program works with employers to provide paid work experiences and career-relevant learning opportunities for youth who are underrepresented in the labour market and are not currently in work, education or training. Youth benefit from quality work experiences in urban Indigenous service delivery and community economic development (CED), while participating in a peer learning program to build skills and leadership capacities.

Employer applications are now being accepted for Cohort 3 - Winter 2022.

How the program works

The program is delivered by NAFC in partnership with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and Social Research Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).

Together, they partner to:

  • Recruit employers working in CED and the Friendship Centre Movement (FCM) to provide 6-month work placements for youth

  • Pay an hourly wage directly to youth (administered by CCEDNet)

  • Deliver a peer learning program focused on skills and leadership development

  • Offer capacity building workshops for employers

  • Evaluate program activities and outcomes

Funding is limited and administered through an application process based on criteria listed below.  

Cohort 3 – Winter 2022

NAFC is accepting new applications for the Winter 2022 CreateAction program. Placement dates are January 10 – July 8, 2022. The hourly wage provided is $19.50, including Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) and statutory benefits.

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Applications close October 31, 2021 at noon (ET).

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Application period: October 4 – 31st, 2021

  • Information sessions:

  • Successful employers will be contacted by: November 15, 2021

  • Youth recruitment needs to be confirmed by: January 3, 2022

  • Cohort 3 placement start and end date: January 10-July 8, 2022

Cohort 4 – Summer 2022

NAFC is not currently accepting applications for Summer 2022. Applications will open in March/April 2022. Placement dates are June 20 – December 16, 2022. The hourly wage provided is $20.00, including Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) and statutory benefits.

Program Eligibility

  •  Registered Friendship Centre or Provincial-Territorial Association

  • Between 15-30 years of age at the time of intake/selection

  • Not enrolled or returning to school/training

  • Can demonstrate lack of labour market attachment to field of study (unemployed or underemployed)

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits

  • Employers will be approved for funding before they finalize their selection of youth to hire

 Employer Application Criteria

Funding is limited for each cohort. Applications will be assessed based on:

  • Relevance of proposed job to community development
  • Organizational capacity to supervise and support youth, including dedication to leverage position into full-time work or study
  • Experience and ability recruiting youth from diverse backgrounds who face barriers to employment
  • Capacity to provide networking, mentorship and career development opportunities
  • Commitment to attend mandatory program-specific workshops and meetings

For any questions, contact Project Officer, Monida Eang at


Frequently Asked Questions

Who are under-represented groups?

Youth from under-represented groups include women, gender diverse and LGBTQQIA+ people, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada and visible minorities.

Will I need to invoice CreateAction for the youth wages?

No. CCEDNet administers the wages and manages payroll for the program. Youth are paid bi-weekly directly by CCEDNet through direct deposit.

Can I offer a different wage than what is offered through CreateAction?

We are happy to accommodate wage top-ups to match the living wage in your Province/Territory. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Can I apply for more than one position?

Yes, however preference will be given to those that have not participated in the CreateAction program before.