Hire an intern

Federal government departments and agencies and private sector employers can fill skilled labour shortages by hiring newcomers through the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program.

These skilled and experienced newcomers can enhance your workplace by increasing productivity and creativity, by bringing new perspectives, and by expanding local and global networks.

All qualified candidates of the program have the necessary language skills and are ready to work.

They are screened by immigrant-serving organizations (ISOs) and provided with training, if needed. They are also evaluated and interviewed thoroughly by IRCC.

Candidates can work in fields such as policy, administration, project management, computer science, communications, science and finance.

The majority of interns start working in September, but requests for FIN candidates can be made throughout the year. Internships are offered in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria. New locations may be added based on demand.

During the internship, each candidate is paired with a mentor and provided with various training opportunities (e.g. cross-cultural training).

Find out more about the FIN program.

Federal government departments and agencies

Managers can hire FIN candidates to fill temporary gaps within their organizations. Interns are hired as casual employees for 90 working days. The internship may also be extended an additional 90 working days.

How to hire

  1. Identify and define positions that can be filled with a casual appointment.
  2. Complete the application form. You can send questions by email to CIC.FINP-PFSNA.CIC@cic.gc.ca.
  3. Review the résumés of qualified candidates provided by IRCC.
  4. Conduct interviews (to ensure “right fit”) and complete reference checks.
  5. Prepare a letter of offer for the selected candidate(s) and begin the security clearance process, in collaboration with human resources in your department.
  6. Pay the salary.

Private sector employers

Private sector employers can hire FIN candidates as long as they:

  • are committed to diversity, inclusion and employment equity in hiring practices and the workplace;
  • provide paid employment opportunities that correspond with the skills and experience of qualified FIN candidates; and
  • hire interns directly to work within the organization.

Some candidates have already benefitted from an internship within the federal public service.

Managers of FIN candidates can attend a cross-cultural training course provided by an ISO partner.

How to hire

  1. Identify and define positions within your organization that can be filled with FIN candidates.
  2. Complete the application form. You can send questions by email to CIC.FINP-PFSNA.CIC@cic.gc.ca.
  3. Review résumés of qualified candidates provided by IRCC.
  4. Conduct interviews and check references.
  5. Prepare a letter of offer to the selected candidate(s).
  6. Pay the salary.

Employers' Roadmap

This roadmap is a guide for employers in small to medium-sized enterprises interested in hiring foreign workers.
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