IRAP Youth Employment Program (2022)


The NRC IRAP Youth Employment Program offers financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring young talent (ages 15-30) to work on projects with R&D, engineering, multimedia or market analysis components or to help develop a new product or process.

Comments on Funding:

This youth employment program provides financial assistance to companies so they can hire young talent to contribute to their innovation needs.


Applicants must:

  • Be a small or medium-sized business (500 or fewer full-time equivalents),
  • Be incorporated and for-profit
  • ready to enhance their innovation capacity and willing to partner with NRC IRAP.

Candidate eligibility:

  • 15 to 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • A post-secondary graduate
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or person granted refugee status in Canada.
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • A first-time participant in a Youth Employment Strategy work experience program targeted at post-secondary graduates.

The youth internship will last a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months. The candidate must work a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

Other Things to Note:

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) delivers this program under the federal government’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy,

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