ENCQOR 5G TalentEdge Internships – Ontario Centres of Innovation (2022)


The ENCQOR 5G TalentEdge Internships supports students and recent graduates of Ontario’s publicly-funded post-secondary institutions working with SMEs to develop new 5G products, services, and processes.

Internships can be up to 24 months total per project. Each four-month internship is equal to one unit (4-month internship = 1 internship unit). The maximum number of four-month units per intern is:

  • three for current final-year undergraduate students, recent graduates and current and recent Masters students, and 
  • four for current PhD Students.

Comments on Funding:

Each four-month internship unit is valued at $20,000. Funding is $10,000, the remainder of $10,000 coming from the applicant and/or partner(s) (at least $5,000 of the contribution from the applicant/partner(s) must be in cash).

Interns must receive a minimum compensation of $15,000 per four-month internship period of the $20,000 value of the four-month internship, and up to $5,000 may be applied towards the direct cost of the project.

Funding is $10,000 per four-month unit for eligible project costs, up to $60,000 (six units).


Applicants must:

  • be for-profit, incorporated in Ontario or Canada, and have a valid CRA business number;
  • be using or developing technology-based innovation or innovative processes for competitive advantage in provincial, national and/or global markets;
  • have operations and/or R&D in Ontario related to the project;
  • have the intent and potential to apply, exploit and/or commercialize the results of the project for the economic benefit of Ontario;
  • have the necessary expertise and resources to put the project into effect within an appropriate time frame;
  • company subsidiaries (organizations with headquarters outside of Ontario) are eligible, provided that the Ontario operations meet all of the above criteria.
  • be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE (also applies to their partners).
  • For institution-based internships, the applicant and industry partner MUST have.
  • For the Data Analytics, Data Analytics – Blockchain and Next Generation Network Program streams, the company MUST be a small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with fewer than 500 employees.

Interns must be:

  • be registered at or recently graduated (within three years of graduation) from an accredited, publicly-funded Ontario college, university or research hospital during the internship period;
  • be eligible to work in Ontario and must have employee status at the company (company-based internships), or have student status at the institution (institution-based internships) for duration of the internship;
  • not be enrolled in a co-op program or other equivalent job placement/employment program;
  • hve no conflict of interest with the company, including but not limited to companies where interns or their relatives have control as a major creditor, shareholder or governing board member;
  • not be a current or past employee of the company (including consulting, contract or part-time positions, etc.).

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  • The Eligibility Questionnaire when ready to apply for funding
  • The application form
  • The Company Profile, including valid nine-digit CRA business number, incorporation date and number of employees (globally and in Ontario)
  • The academic supervisor’s CV or NSERC Form 100/103CV (institution-based internships only)
  • The intern’s CV and official transcript.

Other Things to Note:

  • Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) changed name to Ontario Centers of Innovation (OCI).
  • Please note the program is currently closed for applications.

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