bigstock-Group-of-young-people-in-train-22058660One of our most popular grants for hiring recent grads programs, formerly known as ICTC Career Focus, has released funding and forms for 2013, and has been reformulated under the new name  “CareerConnect.”  This hiring grant is still being offered through the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). The small business grants for hiring subsidize wages of graduates working in IT, online marketing and graphic design positions. Graduates eligible to be covered through this Canadian business grants program may perform tasks such as any IT-related role, search engine optimization (SEO), software development, database creation and maintenance, building content and link building strategies –to name just a few.

ICTC Canada Small Business Grants Details

ICTC CareerConnect government grants for small business fund up to 50% of the eligible employee’s wages, up to a maximum of $16,000 for 1-2 interns. Companies must look to hire a currently unemployed, post-secondary graduate for a full time IT position for at least 3 months, ending on or before February 28, 2014. The intern needs to work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

ICTC Canadian Small Business Grants Example Positions

  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Computer/Hardware Engineer
  • Graphic Designer/Illustrator
  • Computer and Information System Manager
  • Interactive Media Developer

Small Business Grants Employer Eligibility

In order to be eligible for ICTC CareerConnect Canada small business grants program, applicant companies must:

  • Provide full time work for participant
  • Participating candidate must be provided employment within Canada
  • Company must possess financial capacity to fulfill work experience period
  • Demonstrate potential for permanent position
  • Provide proof of wages paid
  • Provide “Learning Plan” for participant
  • Not currently be on payroll – Please wait until after you are accepted for funding

Government Small Business Grants Employee Eligibility

Employees must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for this government funding for business program:

  • Be between 15-30 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Post-secondary graduate
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Has not previously worked for the company applying for the Career Connect Program
  • Unemployed or underemployed at the time of application

Changes from last year’s ICTC Career Focus Program

  • Minimum 3 months term, as opposed to 4, ending on or before Feb. 28, 2014
  • Eligible firms determined by industry codes
  • 23 ICT job descriptions replace “competency profiles”
  • Canadian equivalency required for those educated outside Canada
  • Approval process is slightly longer (expect 3 days)
  • Must offer an opportunity for permanent employment at end of work term

Contact a Canadian Government Funding Expert to Get Started Today

As the Ontario government funding of this popular program tends to run out before its December 1, 2013 internship start deadline, it is important to get started as soon as possible.   Contact a Canadian Government Funding Expert today so that we can help expedite the process.


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Ryan has a BA in economics, an MSc in management, and several published works including two books. As Marketing Analyst at Mentor Works, Ryan enjoys communicating with business owners & executives about government grants and funding available to help overcome obstacles to growth.