This article is part of a two-part series discussing the Sectoral Career Focus Programs for Hiring Skilled Individuals . The Sectoral Youth Career Focus is supported by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and offers Canadian Government Grants for business internship opportunities involving recent post-secondary graduates.
General Program Details for Canadian Government Grants
The Sectoral Youth Career Focus program offers Ontario Government funding grants that are to be distributed as wage subsidies to small businesses by Canadian Sectoral Councils. Internships must offer full-time employment for a minimum of 4 months to a maximum of 12 months for post-secondary graduates under the age of 30. However, candidates must have completed their internships my March 31, 2013 so new internships will not be eligible after December 1, 2012. Eligible funding allocations along with required expertise and training can vary depending on the distributing sectoral council.
Available Sectoral Career Focus Grant Funding for Small Business
Businesses interested in receiving government grant funding to support the hiring of full-time interns can begin by applying to their respective industry sector council:
Funding: Up to $15K in non-repayable grant funding or 50% of the wages for a 4-12 month internship
involving recent post-secondary graduates.
Eligibility: Organizations must be classified as a biotechnology company and placements can be applied to a variety of activities including; R&D, commercialization, quality control, sales, regulatory affairs, and many more.
6. Electricity Sector Council (ESC)
Funding: Up to $12.5K in funding grants for small business or 50% of a full-time intern salary for 4-12 months.
Eligibility: Companies must be in some way related to the energy-sector and off a full-time position for at least 4-months. Eligible interns must have received post-secondary training any of the following 19 electrical occupations listed in the 2011 LMI report.
7. Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO Canada)
Funding: This council offers funding through two separate internship programs: 1) National Environmental Youth Corp. (NEYC) offers up to $8K or 33% of the interns salary, 2) International Environmental Youth Corp. (IEYC) offers up to $12K or 40$ of the interns salary.
Eligibility: Organizations can be a for-profit or not-for-profit organization offering a position with a significant environmental component. NEYC applicants must hire a recent graduate for a position that offers significant experience in an environmental role. IEYC offers funding for a similar work experience however it must involve a degree of of international exposure (foreign liaison, working abroad, etc.).
Funding: Up to $15K or 50% of the salaries and wages for a 4-12 month placement
Eligibility: Eligible companies must be a member of the Food Processing Human Resources Council. Eligible interns can be applied to a wide range of business activities and are not to be limited by their area of expertise.
Consulting and Support for Locating the Right Canadian Business Grants
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