Type of Program:



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).

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


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:


Applicants must complete the Eligibility Questionnaire when ready to apply for funding.


If the applicant/partner, intern and project meet the program eligibility criteria, they will be sent a link to OCE’s online application system, AccessOCE


Applicants must complete the online application form, in collaboration with the industry partner if applicable, and upload the required supporting documents.

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.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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