Indigenous Internship Program – Policy Intern 

Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario

Closing Date June 21, 2023 Location Ontario Work Type 3 temporary internships
Salary Range $59,195 - $81,920 Per Year
Experience Level  - Job ID 199486
Job Description


Indigenous Internship Program

The Indigenous Internship Program (IIP) is a 12-month paid internship program designed to provide recent Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) post-secondary graduates with the opportunity to gain professional-level work experience and a pathway through which they can build and develop transferable skills that can be used to gain sustained employment in their field of choice.

You must self-identify as an Indigenous person to be eligible for this program. The term Indigenous refers to individuals who identify as being descended from the original inhabitants (the first peoples) of what is now known as Canada. In this context, Indigenous people are First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit.

Personal Information

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to building a workforce that reflects the communities it serves and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful, and equitable workplace. To enable this commitment and advance broader organizational objectives, this dedicated internship has been created for eligible applicants who self-identify as an Indigenous person. As part of the application process, all applicants must respond to a self-attestation. Applicants who do not self-identify as Indigenous or who choose not to identify will not be eligible.

What makes working in the Ontario Public Service great

Working in the public service has real meaning and impact on the lives of Ontarians. What we do matters, and you can grow your career here. From economic growth to health and social justice, we offer career opportunities in multiple disciplines and business areas to match your passion. Our strength is the diversity of our people and the ideas we generate. We value trust, fairness, diversity, creativity, collaboration and excellence. We are committed to be an employer of first choice.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < > and the  OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (1 position remote/work from home and at 1 Stone Rd, Guelph)
Farm Finance Branch

Start your career in an inclusive environment with a culture that fosters personal and professional growth and development by joining the ministry's Farm Finance Branch. This team of professionals works closely with industry and government partners to identify emerging farm business risks and develop innovative, evidence-based analysis and responses that contribute to the growth and sustainability of Ontario's agricultural sector. You'll have the opportunity to gain valuable exposure and experience providing policy analysis and policy development work related to programs that provide financial support to Ontario farmers to assist them in managing risks beyond their control.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (1 position remote/work from home)
Economic Development Policy Branch

Join a team of policy professionals responsible for the development of a broad range of economic development policy that supports International Agri-Food Workers, rural communities and businesses, and agriculture and agri-food businesses. The Economic Development Policy Branch provides policy advice, expertise, analysis, and strategic coordination through four policy units: Business Climate and Rural Policy Unit; Economic Analysis Unit; Farm and Food Labour Policy Unit; and Sector Value Chain Unit. As an Indigenous professional, you'll gain experience in economic development policy related to rural communities, agriculture, the agri-food sector, and rural businesses. You'll have an opportunity to contribute to policy and planning activities, including research and analysis, policy development, partner consultations, legislative and regulatory changes, program design, and program evaluation.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (1 position remote/work from home)
Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch

Consider this exceptional opportunity for you to gain valuable policy experience across a diverse range of subject areas – environmental stewardship, food safety, plant health, animal health and welfare, and land use planning. During this internship, you'll build transferable skills in legislative and regulatory policy development and implementation, stakeholder engagement, research and analysis, and preparation of materials to support senior management and Minister's Office briefings. The Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch will provide projects that will focus on a variety of transferable policy skills – clear writing, briefings/presenting, stakeholder relations, issues management, research and analysis, a variety of policy files (e.g., including legislation and regulations and policies), development and implementation, while also building critical project management skills (e.g., coordination, collaboration, communication, time management) that will equip you for future OPS career opportunities.

Location(s): 2 Any City, Anywhere in Ontario (remote); 1 Guelph (hybrid)

How do I qualify?


• You must have graduated, or will complete the requirements to graduate, with a degree, diploma, or post-graduate certificate from a recognized or legally authorized post-secondary institution within the last five years of May 2018-June 2023.
• You must self-identify as an Indigenous person. The term Indigenous refers to individuals who identify as being descended from the original inhabitants (the first peoples) of what is now known as Canada. In this context, Indigenous people are First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit.
• You must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Indigenous Self-Identification

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Research and analytical skills:

• You can gather and analyze information to support the development of recommendations and resolutions to issues.
• You can interpret and apply legislation, policies, processes and procedures.
• You can provide research support to policy development projects and branch initiatives.

Communication Skills:

• You can prepare and present various documents, including presentations, reports, and summaries.
• You can clearly and concisely communicate information and recommendations.
Interpersonal and teamwork skills:

• You can establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, stakeholders, First Nations, and Métis at varying levels to seek and exchange information.
• You can participate in, and contribute to, working groups.

Planning and organizational skills:

• You can plan, organize, and manage multiple tasks and projects with competing deadlines.

Computer proficiency:

• You are proficient using common office productivity software (i.e., word processing, spreadsheets, presentations) to draft documents and reports, prepare presentations, conduct analysis, and perform research on the internet.

Salary Range: $59,195 - $81,920 Per Year

Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, West Region
  • 2 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, Any City, Anywhere in Ontario


  • These temporary internship positions are 12-month contracts starting approximately August 2023.

    • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition, and the results from this competition, may be used in identifiable format by designated representatives in the OPS to fill other internship opportunities in the OPS, and public sector organizations where the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) provides administrative services.

    • In order to meet the program goals and ensure that our recruitment practices are fair, open, and transparent, it is necessary that only those applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are considered for this internship.

    • Personal information collected in this attestation will contribute to efforts in building a more diverse, inclusive, and accessible OPS. Information collected in this attestation will be retained by the Internships Unit, Treasury Board Secretariat and will be used to determine your qualifications for this program. Additionally, information collected in this attestation will be reported in a de-identified format to the Indigenous Equity Branch for the purposes of tracking the enterprise-wide hiring and retention of Indigenous persons and assessing recruitment and retention priorities for Indigenous staff in the OPS. All information will be protected in accordance with the principles of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    • The Government of Ontario is an equal opportunity employer and has a legal duty to accommodate under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario's Human Rights Code. If you have any questions about this attestation or require accommodation to complete this attestation, please contact the Internships Unit at [email protected].

    • Please do not provide more personal information than what is asked of you. For example, do not include your social insurance number, photograph, or banking information, etc., with your application. We strongly encourage you not to provide us with information beyond that which is requested in the job posting.

Job advertisements for positions that have been designated bilingual will be provided in both English and French on the website. Positions that are not designated bilingual are not translated and are displayed in English only on both the English and French versions of the website.

How to Apply

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 199486, by Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.  

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.