BioTalent Canada – Skilled Newcomer Internships for the Bio-economy


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.


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:

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:


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

    Other Things to Note:

    Program forms were updated in December 2021.
    The Skilled Newcomer Internships for the Bio-economy is now accepting applications.

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