Type of Program:

Wage Subsidy


Career-Launcher Natural Resources Internships are a wage subsidy offered to employers who hire an intern for up to 12 months in a full-time position in a green job within a natural resource sector.

Comments on Funding:

Funding of up to $25,000 is available for an intern’s salary, and up to $32,000 is available for the salary of Indigenous youth, youth living with disabilities and youth living in Northern, rural and remote communities.

In both cases, funding can cover up to 80% of the salary and can also be used towards training expenses. 

When It Ends:

Closed for 2021


2022 deadlines to be determined


The applicant/employer must:

  • have an established payroll system and be set up to receive payments by direct deposit, and a process for supervising and mentoring interns,
  • Be a Canadian company or subsidiary,
  • Be a post-secondary education institution,
  • Be an indigenous organization or association,
  • Be a SME (less than 500 employees) or a large corporation (more than 500 employees),
  • Be a non-government organization (NGO),
  • Be a not-for-profit organization,
  • Be a municipal, local provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation.

The intern must:

  • Be between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship,
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person granted refugee status in Canada,
  • Be legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • be available to work up to 12 months
  • be a new employee (not be employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer).
  • not be a previous participant of a Science and Technology Internship Program.

Applications Steps:

The applicant:


must register as an employer and create an online account on the Career-Launcher website;


must apply using their account. Once the applications window is closed, the Career Launcher team will review all applications. 


will be notified of his application status approximately one week after the closing of the application period.


whose applications will be pre-approved for funding will have approximately three weeks to complete the remainder of the application process, including recruitment if required. 

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must upload all the corresponding paystubs and training receipts (if applicable). Should applicants not have official paystubs, they must also include proof of payment (copies of e-transfer or direct deposit confirmations).

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Applications are currently closed. Past application cycle: Winter 2022
  2. 2
    CICan Internships are funded by the Government of Canada as part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.

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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