CreateAction - 2021

What is CreateAction?

CreateAction brings together employers, youth and community leaders to promote pathways to meaningful employment and improve wellbeing for youth facing systemic barriers to employment. Through paid work experiences and career-relevant learning opportunities, youth benefit from quality work experiences in the social economy, while participating in a Peer Learning program to build foundational and transferable skills for any career.

How does it work?

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 the social economy to provide 6-month work placements for youth
  • Pay an hourly wage directly to youth (administered by CCEDNet)
  • Deliver a Peer Learning program alongside placements
  • Offer capacity building workshops and resources for employers
  • Evaluate program activities and outcomes


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

Apply for Cohort 4

NAFC is accepting applications from FCs/PTAs for the final cohort of CreateAction. See important application information, dates and deadlines below.

  • Application period: March 21-April 8, 2022 at 1:00pm EDT
  • Funding decisions: April 25, 2022
  • Youth recruitment: April 27-May 27, 2022
  • Employer orientation: April 27, 2022 at 12:00-2:00pm EDT
  • Placement dates and hourly wage: June 6-December 2, 2022 at $20.00/hour, including Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) and statutory benefits

Application Review and Selection

Employer applications will be assessed and reviewed in-house based on the commitment to the principle that CreateAction is first and foremost a program designed to support youth facing barriers to employment and as such, employers must demonstrate a willingness to hire a youth who is a best fit for the program goals and commit to supporting and accommodating the needs of youth and are open to increasing organizational capacity accordingly. 

  • Additional criteria including the following:

    • Relevance of proposed work experience to the social economy that aligns with the level of a youth facing barriers to employment, and be willing to adapt the position based on the skills/abilities of the youth
    • Commitment and organizational capacity to assist youth with their daily work and support skills development, providing coaching and career development support with additional support from CreateAction partners
    • Demonstrated ability to recruit and support youth from diverse backgrounds who face systemic barriers to employment, including under-represented groups
    • Commitment to participate in a peer support network of employers
    • Dedication to supporting the youth in leveraging the work experience into full-time employment or study


    Priority will be given to NAFC-member FCs/PTAs and organizations who have not participated in the program before, however all registered FCs/PTAs and Indigenous-led not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. See FAQs below for more information.


    Employers accepted into the program will be required to recruit youth based on the eligibility criteria below for the work placement:

    • Between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of recruitment
    • Unemployed/underemployed and not currently enrolled school or training
    • 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



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 on behalf of CreateAction. 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 at your expense. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Are placement dates flexible?

No. Ideally all youth will start on June 6 to provide the best opportunity for youth to be part of a community through the Peer Learning program. An orientation will also be provided within the first week of the start date, and it is vital that all youth attend this session.

Can I apply for more than one position?

No. Only one application per employer may be submitted for this cohort.

Can I apply for another placement if I’ve participated in CreateAction before?

Yes! You can apply but it must be for a new placement and cannot be to extend placements or rehire youth who have already participated in the program. However, priority will be provided to applicants who have not participated in the program before, given that their application meets or exceeds all criteria listed. If you plan on applying again, your application will be evaluated on the evaluation criteria from the previous cohorts, particularly relating to transitioning the youth to full-time employment or school and supporting youths’ social needs.