Youth Employment Programs

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The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, find good jobs and stay employed. Through federal departments and agencies, among others, the Youth Employment Strategy assists employers in hiring young Canadians.

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) delivers its Youth programs under the Youth Employment Strategy and provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. In addition to meeting the needs of innovative SMEs, this Program facilitates the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market.

Are you eligible?

IRAP provides firms with funding under two different Youth programs: the Youth Employment Program (YEP) and the Youth Employment Program – Green (Youth-Green) program.

Firms

To be eligible for financial assistance under either of IRAP's Youth programs, your small and medium-sized enterprise must:

  • be incorporated and for-profit;
  • have 500 or less full-time equivalents; and
  • be ready to enhance their innovation capacity, and willing to establish a trusting relationship with IRAP.

Youth Employment Program

Graduate Eligibility:

  • Between 15 – 30 years of age (inclusive)
  • A post-secondary graduate
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • A first-time participant in a Youth Employment Strategy work experience program targeted at post-secondary graduates
  • Internships are available anywhere in Canada and must last a minimum of six months, and a maximum of twelve months.

Youth-Green

Youth Eligibility:

  • Between 15 – 30 years of age (inclusive)
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • A first-time participant in a Youth Employment Strategy work experience program targeted at youth
  • Internships are available anywhere in Canada and must last for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months.

Green Criteria:

  • To be considered "Green," one of the following criteria is required:
    • Does the nature of your business align with green economy sectors or industries?
    • Is the Youth internship expected to produce an environmental benefit?

Benefits

SMEs will receive a financial contribution geared towards supporting a portion of the salary costs of a youth candidate, who will work on technical opportunities within the firm and on non-technical but technology-related projects such as:

  • research and development, engineering, and multimedia;
  • development of new products and processes;
  • market analysis for a new technology-based product;
  • business development related to science and technology activities; and
  • improvement of customer services, etc.

What is the process?

  • Interested firms are encouraged to contact IRAP for more information and to complete an application.
  • In order to be considered for one of IRAP's Youth Employment Programs, the firm and the youth candidate must be assessed for eligibility.
  • The Program will cost-share a portion of the salary costs of a youth candidate. The firm is responsible for other expenses such as benefits and overhead costs.