Call for Proposals to Host a Work Experience Participant through the CreateAction Program

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CreateAction poster: "Want to Host a Work Experience Participant? Submit a Host Organiation Application to the Canadian CED Network! (Deadline November 19, 2020)"The Canadian Community Economic Development Network is excited to invite organizational members to apply to host a work experience participant through the CreateAction: Inclusive Social Innovation program. Not already a member? Check out how you can join the network (including barrier-free options) by visiting CCEDNet’s membership page.

About CreateAction

The purpose of CreateAction is to provide employment and career-relevant learning opportunities to young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) and facing barriers to employment. These placements will take place under the terms and conditions of a contribution agreement between the Canadian CED Network and Employment and Social Development Canada as part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) are working in partnership to deliver the CreateAction program with funding by Employment and Social Development Canada and with evaluation support from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.

All work experience placements will support youth to further their career interests in community economic development and the social economy and/or off-reserve Indigenous service delivery infrastructure and provision of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Indigenous residents.

This call for proposals is for placements taking place from June 21 to December 17, 2021 (26 weeks). The CreateAction program will provide a participant wage of $19.50/hour for 37.5 hours/week. Employers may volunteer to increase their participant's wages at their own expense. The deadline for submitting applications is April 9, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Host organizations will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • commitment to supporting and accommodating the needs of youth facing barriers, and a willingness to increase organizational capacity accordingly;
  • a commitment to the principle that the CreateAction program is first and foremost a program designed to support youth with barriers to employment;
  • a willingness to hire a youth who is a best fit for the program goals;
  • have a position available that aligns with the level of a youth with barriers to employment, and be willing to adapt the position based on the skills/abilities of the youth that has been identified for the position;
  • commitment and organizational capacity to assist youth participants with their daily work, providing coaching and career development support;
  • geographic diversity (e.g. rural, remote, Indigenous, northern, francophone communities outside of Quebec, and urban disadvantaged communities with recent immigrant populations);
  • demonstrated ability to recruit and support people who are Indigenous, Black, racialized, LGBTQ2S+, newcomers to Canada, francophone, and/or live with disability;
  • commitment to participate in a peer support network of host organizations;
  • dedication to leveraging the work experience into full-time employment or study for the youth participant;
  • ability to recruit and support youth participants not in employment, education or training (NEET);
  • ability to recruit and support youth participants from diverse backgrounds with barriers to employment;
  • capacity to adequately support skills development for participants, with additional support from the CreateAction partners;
  • relevance of proposed work experience to community economic development and social innovation (visit CCEDNet’s definition of CED) and/or off-reserve Indigenous service delivery infrastructure and provision of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Indigenous residents (visit NAFC’s website).

Priority will be given to organizations that provide social supports for adults or youth as part of their mandate (e.g. organizations serving or supporting newcomers, refugees, survivors of violence or people escaping abuse, formerly incarcerated people, and people experiencing/overcoming mental health challenges, substance use disorders, precarious housing, etc).

Host organizations will:

  • offer a meaningful 26-week employment opportunity;
  • actively seek out participant candidates from diverse backgrounds with barriers to employment;
  • hire a youth who is a best fit for the CreateAction program;
  • provide participants with an orientation to the host organization;
  • develop, at the beginning of the placement, a Learning Plan with participants;
  • develop and implement a plan to provide sufficient support services to enable the participant to succeed at their placement;
  • provide sufficient resources and time to effectively supervise and mentor work experience participants;
  • commit to weekly meetings with participants to support their learning objectives;
  • set aside a minimum of:
    • six (6) hours per month for the work experience participant to participate in peer learning activities, and
    • three (3) working days for the participant to participate in an in-person or online learning event. 
  • provide, with support from the CreateAction program, career advice, regular feedback and guidance to participants and assist participants in laddering into further career relevant employment or education at the end of the placement;
  • provide participants with all reasonably required working materials;
  • provide the Canadian CED Network with periodic progress reports and report on outcomes at the end of the work experience;
  • participate in three (3) host organisation national virtual sessions with the Canadian CED Network and other selected organisations;
  • work with the CreateAction program evaluators on evaluation related activities, such as activities involved with midterm and final evaluations;
  • identify candidates by June 4, in order for work experience participants to start placements on June 21;
  • become a member of the Canadian CED Network, if not already a member.

CreateAction partners (CCEDNet, NAFC and SRDC) will:

  • directly cover full-time employment costs for work experience participants at a rate of $19.50/hour (though host organizations are welcome to top up the amount);
  • assist host organizations with the necessary advice and support to carry out the activities and realize the objectives of the program;
  • provide, in concert with host organizations, tailored wraparound supports for youth participants including supporting the capacity of host organizations in their ability to provide social supports for youth;
  • provide a robust peer learning and mentoring program for work experience participants' ongoing professional development for the duration of the placement;
  • coordinate weekly video conference calls for youth participants to learn, share experiences, and to network;
  • host a virtual platform for youth to connect and share experiences throughout the CreateAction program;
  • coordinate three (3) video conference calls for host organizations to share experiences and to network;
  • work with host organizations to offer mediation support or resolve disputes arising with work experience participants;
  • work closely with host organizations in the event of crisis or conflict with work experience placement, including any decision to terminate the work experience placement as a last resort;
  • conduct mid-term evaluations and exit surveys with participants and host organizations to monitor progress, track participant learning, and capture participant outcomes, career expectations and satisfaction.

To participate in the CreateAction program, eligible youth must be:

  • not in education, employment or training (NEET); 
  • a youth experiencing barriers to employment (as defined by the above definition);
  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at start of placement;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • a first-time participant in a Youth Employment and Skills Strategy placement.

How to apply?

Complete an application online here

If you require an offline application, please contact Matthew Thompson at the coordinates below. The deadline for submitting applications is April 9, 2021, at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Youth interested in the program should apply directly to the host organizations. The successful host organizations will be announced on the Canadian CED Network's website.

For more information, please contact Matthew Thompson, Director of Engagement, or Adriana Zylinski, Network Engagement Lead, at

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