Hire a digital technology intern for 6-12 months in a full-time position, and CICan will contribute up to 50% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $12,000.
Don’t wait! A recent grad will bring new talent to your team, and you will allow them to gain meaningful work experience and the digital skills needed for the jobs of the future.
An extra $3,000 is available:
- for intern training during the internship, or
- as an additional salary contribution (the total salary contribution is still capped at 50% of the intern’s salary):
- for interns who are members of an Indigenous group or persons with disabilities
- for Indigenous organizations or employers that have an organizational mission to support Indigenous groups and their members, or persons with disabilities
CICan’s total contribution is a maximum of $15,000.
Funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Who can participate?
Eligible employers must have an established payroll system, a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and be a Canadian for-profit or not-for-profit organization or subsidiary with 100 employees or less.
Full-time positions that are:
- 6-12 months in duration (minimum of 30 hrs per week)
- Within a digital field
- Promoting the digitization of the organization or operational processes
- Publicly advertised (online, job fairs, employment centres, etc.) with a fair, open and transparent selection process
Digital fields include coding and programming, digital media and design, information technology, data processing and management, artificial intelligence, etc.
Post-secondary graduates that are:
- Starting the internship within two years of receiving their post-secondary diploma
- Underemployed (employed below their level of education or work part-time)
- No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
- Available to work for at least six months
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.
Interns can pursue training during the internship to enhance their skills. To be eligible, training must be provided by an approved CICan training provider and selected based on the needs of the intern and employer. Digital skills training can be reimbursed up to $3,000 and soft skills training can be reimbursed up to $1,000. No more than $3,000 of the subsidy can be allocated to training.