The objectives of the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) are:

  • to help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for their summer work experience;
  • to assist First Nations secondary and post-secondary students in preparation for future entry into the labour market by enabling them to obtain employment experience; and
  • to help students acquire employability skills, to support them in financing and furthering their education and to provide students with career and labour market information and assistance in finding summer or short-term employment.

Each First Nation community will receive a SWEP allocation letter stating the specific funding amount per First Nation organization, which is determined using a base amount plus per capita formula. Allocation letters will be distributed by mail, fax, and email to each First Nation community. 

If you need a copy of your Band’s allocation letter, email

The First Nations School Association and First Nations Education Steering Committee jointly deliver the Indigenous Service Canada First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy SWEP.

See full details in the program guidelines.


Eligible recipients are First Nations Bands in British Columbia. Eligible recipients may enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Eligible participants are First Nations secondary and post-secondary students aged 15 to 30 inclusive, who are ordinarily resident on reserve or in recognized communities or on community lands and legally entitled to work in Canada. Students must be registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.

Program Resources

2021-2022 SWEP Guidelines
2021-2022 SWEP Proposal Template  Proposals Due: June 25, 2021


Please contact for program questions and support.