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FRENCH/bilingual employment opportunities and career counselling: Accès Emploi Connexion Carrière

For more be sure to see Where to Go and What to Do: A Guide for Bilingual Youth

The Odyssey program (formerly the Official Language Monitor Program) offers language assistants full-time work in a different region of country, as they use their first language to make that language more alive and culturally vibrant for second-language students. Leading classroom language activities, whether in an elementary, secondary, or postsecondary institution, language assistants work for 25 hours a week from the beginning of September to the end of May, earning a salary and exploring the regional diversity of Canada.

The Summer Work Student Exchange Program is operated by the YMCA. It runs for six weeks (from late June to mid-August) and is aimed at students 16 and 17 years of age. The program finds jobs for participants in communities in another province. Communities are paired so that students work in their second official language. During their stay in the host community, each student lives with the family of the student with whom they have been paired. Coordinators (postsecondary students) supervise the students participating in the program, and run a program of activities.

Young Canada Works offers students and young graduates the chance to put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. Click on “Info-Participants” and follow the links to “YCW in Both Official Languages.”

Check out the Federal Student Work Experience Program – each year there are more than 500 temporary jobs for full-time secondary and postsecondary students in Alberta and the NWT, a large proportion of which require at least some knowledge of French – former participants may also have an opportunity to move on to non-advertised positions within the federal public service – see also the Research Affiliate Program and the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program at

Parliament Hill – opportunities for young bilingual Canadians to work on Parliament Hill (including the House of Commons and Senate Page programs as well as summer work)

Internship Programs:

The Trois-Pistoles French Immersion School offers a paid internship following its intersession program.

Travel and Work Abroad – Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has negotiated agreements with several countries and has partnered with various organizations to allow Canadians to easily obtain a temporary work permit and gain professional and personal experience abroad.

The Canadian Coast Guard College, located in Sydney NS, offers navigation and engineering programs in both French and English, leading to a Bachelor in Nautical Sciences and a job as officer on Coast Guard vessels. Free tuition, monthly allowance and free room and board.

Teach English in France – The Centre internationale d’études pédagogiques places 20- to 30-year-old language assistants to work in schools in France. Share your language and culture while getting to know France, improving your fluency in French, and acquiring hands-on experience of teaching. Contact Nancy Gill, Cultural Services, Embassy of France in Ottawa.

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