New funding mechanism to support small business, withamaximum contribution of $30,000, for the financial support of hiring a graduate. The funding must be applied to hire a recent graduate in their area expertise for business development, marketing plans or technical development for a period of six months or greater.

Through Employment and Social Development Canada, the Youth Employment Program is intended to help young graduates find employment in their chosen field, by providing a financial contribution to Canadian SME’s to help offset the cost of the graduate’s salary and training.

The maximum contribution is $30,000 per graduate per company (maximum of 2 employees at $15K each) and must support an internship period of at least six months minimum up to 12 months.

Requirements of the interested incorporated business:

  • Must be for profit
  • The business must have one employee on the payroll (T4 slip) but fewer than 500 employees
  • Able to use the expertise of the grad through a technical, business or marketing development
  • No displacement of current employees
  • Graduate must be currently unemployed
  • The company, not IRAP, must find the graduate before applying
  • It is recommended that the company register the position on the National Graduate Register.
  • NGR coordinates
  • A current balance sheet confirming that the operating line is sufficient for the first 2-3 months of start-up
  • A copy of the graduates CV and diploma must accompany the application

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The Youth Employment Program is delivered by IRAP.

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With considerable expertise in government funding, both on a federal and provincial level, Bernadeen has secured grant funding and low interest loans for small-medium size business owners in Southern Ontario. She likes to play to win, and understands the importance of cash flow and margins. She enables her clients to succeed through her passionate belief that there are no boundaries or limits to what can be achieved. Add Bernadeed McLeod to your Google+ Circles.

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