Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.

CNIB Internship/Returnship Program

Are you a blind or partially sighted job seeker? CNIB has an exciting internship or returnship opportunity for someone that is looking to enter or re-enter the workforce. A "returnship" is an internship for someone who has work experience that is looking to re-enter the workforce.


February 22, 2018

Job Title:

Government Relations Intern


6 months, March 19, 2018 to September 19, 2018


Toronto, ON

Pay Rate:

$15.00 per hour



Reporting to the Lead, Advocacy (GTA) and Specialist, Government Relations (Ontario) this position will assist in the execution of CNIB's provincial and municipal election strategies.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Assisting in mobilizing CNIB Ambassadors, Advocates and the wider community to support our election issues

  • Developing materials and writing correspondence to government officials

  • Tracking MPP and Councillor visits and correspondence from CNIB representatives to candidates

  • Scheduling, preparing briefings for, and occasionally attending meetings with public officials

  • Coordinating public outreach efforts to ensure that the process of voting in the provincial and municipal elections is accessible

  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

  • Candidates must be blind or partially sighted in order to participate in the CNIB Internship/Returnship Program

  • High School diploma

  • Must have interest in government relations, politics or public policy

  • The ideal candidate is a student or young professional with demonstrated interest in government relations, politics and disability rights

  • Professional experience working in government or qualification related to politics or public policy is preferred but not essential

  • Knowledge and experience in advocacy

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Excellent administrative skills

  • Building relationships with varying levels of stakeholders and public officials Must be mature and responsible.

  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

  • Must be mature and responsible.

  • Must be able to work independently

  • Must be able to travel independently within the region via public transit or car (taxi, Uber etc.)


Closing Date for Applications: March 9, 2018

Please Send the Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.