The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the Summer Career Placement Program (SCP). This is a wage subsidy Program designed for Métis students seeking summer employment opportunities. Employers from the private, public, and non-profit sectors can receive wage subsidies and/or Mandatory Employer Related Costs (MERC) to create beneficial job experience opportunities for Métis youth.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this Program students must be:

  • Métis
  • Between the ages of 15 – 30
  • Be in school and returning to an educational institution in the fall of 2021

Priority will be given to placements that:

  • Are cost shared by SCP employers
  • Are career-related or within a student’s vocational aspirations
  • Are within Métis-owned businesses
  • Address the needs of Métis youth with disabilities
  • Have community support or demonstrate strong initiative from students
  • Involve the Indigenous community or Indigenous organizations

Program Details

The maximum Program length for a post-secondary student is 16 weeks. The maximum Program length for a high school or secondary school student in the Program is 8 weeks. Employers must agree to employ students for a minimum of 20 hours per week up to and a maximum of 37.5 hours per week. Start dates can be negotiated in special circumstances, however all placements must end no later than the final Friday of August each year. Employers must have payroll capability to pay student wages. Contracts must be signed by the sponsor or employer prior to beginning employment. The MNO Regional Advisory Committees will review and approve applications based on eligibility criteria, priority areas, and budget limitations. All successful applicants will be notified in writing of their approval.

Employer Information 

All employers must agree to, sign and fulfill the Métis Nation of Ontario Conditions of Funding for contracts to be processed.  As per the funding criteria, job placement opportunities are only eligible to Métis students. Employers must complete and submit all necessary documentation to the Regional Employment Staff to be approved. If funding is approved employers will be expected to provide documentation to support the hours worked and MERC paid on behalf of students. Non-profit, public, and private employers will be reimbursed based on actual expenditures unless other payment schedules have been requested and agreed upon by both parties.

Employers will receive a SCP contract that must be signed after careful review. Two copies of the contract will be sent to the employer. One copy will be provided for the employers’ records and another copy is to be returned to the Regional Employment Staff Office. Non-profit employers are eligible for a 50% advance of the total contract amount. An advance will not be issued until the SCP contract is signed by both the employer and the MNO.

Eligible Costs 

  • Wages will be based on a full-time work week
  • MERC is calculated at 14%
  • The MNO reserves the right to negotiate costs with employers to maximize the number of placements available to Métis youth
  • Only costs listed below will be covered

For high school and secondary school students the costs covered are as follows. For non-profit organizations and public sector organizations costs will be covered up to $13 a hour. For private sector companies costs will be covered up to $10 a hour. For post-secondary school students the costs covered are as follows. For non-profit organizations and public sector organizations costs will be covered up to $14 a hour. For private sector companies costs will be covered up to $10 a hour. For non-profit organizations all MERC costs will be covered for both secondary and post-secondary students. For public sector organizations and private sector companies MERC costs will not be covered.

Deadline: The deadline to apply is May 7, 2021 and all applications must be submitted to the appropriate regional office by this date.

CONTACT: To apply for this Program as either a student or as an employer please email jobsupports@metisnation.org. Applications for this Program will be handled by the closest MNO Office in the applicant’s area.

Updated: February 4, 2021