Type of Program:

Wage Subsidy


The Skilled Newcomer Internship for the Bio-economy program helps newcomers get a foot in the door. The program covers 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000 for bio-economy employers to hire, accommodate and train IEPs for a three-to-nine-month work placement.

Comments on Funding:

Funding covers 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • be organizations which are part of the economic sector represented by BioTalent Canada, including:
  • Indigenous-led organizations;
  • bio-economy and green companies;
  • not-for-profit organizations in biotechnology and nonbiotechnology;
  • small industry organizations (more than 5, less than 99 employees);
  • medium industry organizations (more than 100, less than 500 employees);
  • large industry organizations (more than 500 employees);
  • micro industry organizations (less than 5 employees);
  • municipal, provincial or territory government;
  • academia;
  • grant advisors/funding consultants;
  • industry associations/ Accelerators;
  • industry service providers;
  • utility organizations.
  • provide the internship in the bio-economy sector, including:
  • bio-health;
  • bio-energy;
  • bio-industrial;
  • agri-biotech;
  • non-biotech.
  • offer full-time positions (at least 30 hours per week) for a three-to-nine month placement; 
  • remunerate the balance of the wages not paid by BioTalent Canada to the participant.

Interns must:

  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulation;
  • be new immigrants to Canada (in Canada 5 years or less);
  • be seeking first full-time work experience in Canada’s bio-economy;
  • not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and
  • be new (not yet employed) to the organization applying for funding.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


complete and submit the Participant Information Form (PIF). If applicants need to fill a position, they can post their job opening on The PetriDishTM job board.


provide a resume of the participant;


complete an Employer Eligibility Assessment Form (included in the application package) including the annual salary (e.g. 52 weeks) for the position;


submit a brief company description and a description of the intended participant’s position;


submit a formal Learning Plan before the placement begins;


submit all completed forms with supporting documentation to Ewaen at Signatures must be digitally dated and time stamped or hand written. A typed signature in cursive font is not accepted.

If the application is accepted, BioTalent Canada will draft a Placement Contract (electronic contract via PandaDocs) to be signed by the employer, participant and BioTalent Canada.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    the participant's resume;
  2. 2
    a brief company description
  3. 3
    a description of the intended participant’s position;
  4. 4
    a formal Learning Plan;
  5. 5
    monthly financial claims, progress reports, and data upon request.

Other Things to Note:

Program forms were updated in December 2021.

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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