Youth Internship under the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) – FedNor (2022)


This program provides funding to Not-for-profit organizations and SMEs who enroll young people in an internship.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 90% ($31,500 per year) of the eligible costs of salary and employee benefit expenses in a full-time position for the internship period.

Youth internships are non-repayable.


Young people eligible must:

  • Be unemployed or underemployed youth (persons aged 30 and under);
  • Have graduated within the last three years with a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution;
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Have not previously participated as a youth intern in FedNor’s NODP or in any other federal or provincial internship program with pay for a period of six months or more;
  • Not be related to the directors, officers or managers of the organization;
  • Work on projects related to innovation, digital economy or trade (applicable only to private-sector internships);

Preference will be given to Northern Ontario youth. Participation of youth from employment equity groups is encouraged (Aboriginal, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women).

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

  • Submit an Application for Financial Assistance providing key contact and project information;
  • Provide a copy of the latest audited financial statements;
  • Provide proof of registration or incorporation (first-time applicants);
  • Complete the Applicant Declaration on Lobbying;
  • Submit a Youth Internship Work Plan and mentoring/supervisory arrangement;
  • Identify demonstrated networking opportunities for the intern;
  • Submit a post-internship retention plan;
  • Provide an endorsement by an appropriate or regulatory body, including union concurrence, where applicable;
  • Demonstrate a fair and transparent recruitment, interview and hiring process.

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