Type of Program:



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

Comments on Funding:

1.  For not-for-profit organizations: funding is up to 90% ($31,500 per year) of the eligible costs for salary and employee benefit expenses in a full-time position for the internship period.
2.  For SMEs: funding is up to 50% ($31,500) of the eligible costs for salary, employee benefit expenses, and professional and business skills development and associated travel costs for a period of 12 months in a full-time position.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Eligible applicants must:

  • be not-for-profit organizations in Northern Ontario, such as community economic development, Aboriginal and Francophone organizations, industry and business associations, networks, or alliances.
  • be municipalities; municipal organizations; and First Nations in Northern Ontario.
  • be businesses in Northern Ontario: including an individual operating a business, partnerships, social enterprises, incorporated companies, corporations or co-operatives, or an Indigenous organization such as Indigenous/First Nation/Métis Settlement owned businesses, and all other types of enterprises.
  • engage in a project with benefits that accrue to Northern Ontario and the organization and the employee must both be located in Northern Ontario.

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);

Participation of youth from employment equity groups is encouraged (Aboriginal, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women).

Applications Steps:


Before completing an application, applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with a FedNor officer serving their area.


Submit an Application for Financial Assistance providing key contact and project information.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must:

  • 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.

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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