Indigenous Marine Career Advancement Program

Discover the Indigenous Marine Career Advancement Program: An initiative supporting Indigenous Peoples interested in starting or advancing a career in the maritime sector and the rapidly growing ocean economy by providing training and work placement opportunities.

Connecting Indigenous Peoples to the ocean economy

The Indigenous Marine Career Advancement Program (formerly the Indigenous Career Pivot Program) facilitates meaningful work placements for mid-career Indigenous Peoples wishing to explore and pursue careers in ocean-based industries. The program mobilizes a network of 460+ maritime organizations and companies, from coast to coast to coast, to support Indigenous employment in this key sector of the Canadian economy.

Learn more about the program from Sarah Thomas, Clear Seas’ Director of Indigenous Programs:

The opportunity

Indigenous participants embark on a 12-month placement support program focused on creating full-time positions. Through their placements, the candidates acquire experience in maritime-related industries, build new competencies, and strengthen existing knowledge by mobilizing their skill sets and natural aptitudes.

The program offers competitive compensation packages as well as a range of professional development opportunities to the Indigenous workforce, including:

  • Full orientation and on-boarding process
  • A work-integrated learning plan
  • Online and in-person training and development courses
  • Career building conferences and workshops
  • Mentoring support provided by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and the hiring organization
  • Intercultural Competency Training
  • A peer support network

Both Indigenous Peoples looking for a career in ocean-related industries and Ocean Supercluster member organizations looking to hire Indigenous talent can enroll in the program.

Frequently asked questions about the program


The Indigenous Marine Career Advancement Program will begin accepting new applicants in Spring 2024.