bigstock-Young-business-people-posing-27194246The announcement of the Economic Action Plan 2013 brings positive news for small businesses looking to hire recent graduates. The Canadian government has committed $70 million in funding for small business support for hiring of 5000 recent graduates over the next three years through the Career Focus program, which is set to launch in Q2 of 2013.

The Career Focus program is a hiring initiative that enables new graduates to learn and train in a career-related workplace. Participants must be recent graduates between the ages of 15 and 30 who are eligible to work in Canada and not currently receiving Employment Insurance payments.  Eligible employers receive a wage subsidy for hiring the intern for a 4-8 month term of employment.

Mentor Works will post updates on the ICTC Career Focus Program via our Canadian government funding blog as information becomes available.   In the meantime, it is recommended that those planning to utilize the ICTC government grants for small business funding begin looking for an eligible candidate, as applicants must specify their intern in the application, however keep them off of payroll until you are accepted for funding.

What Types of Jobs Qualify for ICTC Career Focus Funding for Small Business?

Additional Information Regarding the ICTC Career Focus Program

Choose from one of the following options for more information regarding this program:

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Interested in Other Small Business Grants for Ontario Hiring?

View more information about hiring grants on the  Top 5 Most Popular Hiring Programs Blog.

Or, if your company has been incorporated for at least 2 years and you have a minimum of 10 employees, please Contact a Canadian Government Funding Expert to set up a free consultation.

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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.

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