Posted: January 11, 2022


No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Wage Subsidy


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.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • Be a small or medium-sized business (500 or fewer full-time equivalents),
  • Be incorporated and for-profit
  • ready to enhance your 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. 

Applications Steps:

The applicant must:


Call the National Research Council Canada at 1-877-994-4727 and discuss to determine the eligibility (topics: business description, objectives, innovation plans),


If eligible, next step is to discuss with one of the industrial technology advisors (topics: strategy, issues, opportunities for growth, future plans),


Develop a project proposal,


Find a youth candidate.

Other Things to Note:

IRAP Youth Employment Program (YEP): Part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), helps young people gain skills, work experience and abilities - $15M 2020-2021.

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.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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