Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth


The Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY) helps First Nation and Inuit youth prepare for long-term employment in the housing industry. This program provides financial assistance to help First Nations and Inuit businesses and organizations create housing-related internships for youth. These internships can provide much-needed work experience and on-the-job training to youth.

Internship opportunities can include positions in:

  • Administration or office positions
  • Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Renovation
  • Client counselling

Financial assistance to employ youth is available to a wide range of First Nation and Inuit organizations. Sponsors of youth trainees can include businesses, councils and self-government entities.

CMHC provides wage subsidies to program sponsors. These subsidies cover mandatory expenses such as vacation pay, as well as Employment Insurance, pension plan and workers’ compensation premiums. Sponsors must pay at least the minimum wage for their province or territory.

This program is delivered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Contact your local CMHC Office or CMHC consultant for more details.

Special Requirements

Who can be a trainee?

  • First Nation and Inuit youth
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30
  • You don’t have to live in a First Nation or Inuit community
  • You can’t be employed somewhere else during the internship or receive Employment Insurance while in the program

Last updated: June 26, 2018