Hire an intern

Federal government departments and agencies, government organizations and private sector employers in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria can fill skilled labour shortages by hiring newcomers through the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program. You can hire candidates in fields such as:

  • administration,
  • policy,
  • project management,
  • finance, and
  • computer science.

These skilled and experienced newcomers can enhance your workplace by:

  • increasing productivity and creativity,
  • bringing new perspectives, and
  • expanding local and global networks.

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

Immigrant-serving organizations (ISO) have assessed them, and they have taken job-readiness training, if necessary. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has also evaluated and interviewed them.

Once they receive an internship, IRCC gives the interns training to help them adapt to working in Canada. Interns are also matched with mentors. Managers can support their intern by allowing them time for these professional development activities if possible.

Most internships start in September, but you can ask for an intern throughout the year.

Find out more about the FIN program.

Federal government departments and agencies

Managers can hire FIN candidates as casual employees. Follow these steps:

  1. Identify and define positions that you can fill with a casual appointment.
  2. Complete the application form. You can send questions to CIC.FINP-PFSNA.CIC@cic.gc.ca. Note: We will not answer questions that are not about the FIN program.
  3. Review the résumés of qualified candidates provided by the FIN team.
  4. Conduct interviews (to ensure “right fit”) and complete reference checks.
  5. Prepare a letter of offer for the selected candidate(s). Begin the security clearance process with human resources in your department.
  6. Pay the salary.

The FIN team and a cross-cultural coach support employers.

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

  • Identify and define positions within your organization that you can fill with FIN candidates.
  • Complete the application form. You can send questions by email to CIC.FINP-PFSNA.CIC@cic.gc.ca. Note: We will not answer questions that are not about the FIN program.
  • Review résumés of qualified candidates provided by IRCC.
  • Conduct interviews and check references.
  • Prepare a letter of offer to the selected candidate(s).
  • Pay the salary.

The FIN team and a cross-cultural coach support employers.

Employers' Roadmap

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