Type of Program:

Wage Subsidy


The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is a wage subsidy initiative to help recent graduates eligible to work in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields acquire work experience fields linked to the green economy.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $25,000 and will cover up to 80% of the participants salary. In addition to the wage subsidy contribution, employers may be eligible up to a maximum of $5,000 for training, skills development, and/or wrap-around services; please contact Jennifer Ash, Project Manager, for more details at by another federally-funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc. is not accepted.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Employers must:

  • Be individuals
  • Be for-profit organizations (small- or medium-sized enterprises, corporations, or industry associations)
  • Be provincial and territorial, municipal and local governments including institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations,
  • Be post-secondary institutions
  • Be organizations, including but not limited to non-government organizations, including non-profit organizations, Aboriginal organizations, including band councils/tribal councils and local organizations
  • Provide an internship position in an environmental STEM field linked to the green economy
  • Provide a full-time internship with a required duration between 6-12 months
  • Establish and maintain a process for supervising and mentoring an intern.
  • contribute as at least 50% of the total cost of each internship.

The intern must:

  • Be aged 30 or under at the beginning of the internship
  • have graduated from a post-secondary institution (does not have to be a STEM grad),
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred,
  • legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations,
  • not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

Applications Steps:


The candidate/intern must complete the Participant Information Form (PIF) and include a resume and proof of post-secondary graduation.


The company must complete an Employer Eligibility Assessment Form and submit it along with a brief company description, and a description of the intended participant’s co-op position.


A formal learning plan must be submitted, this can be submitted after the application but must be submitted in the first week of the placement.


Submit all completed forms to Mary Carr 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 an electronic placement contract to be signed by both the employer and BioTalent Canada. Applicants must agree to provide all required documentation and reporting as required by the program. 

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must submit:

  • a completed and signed Participant Information Form,
  • an Employer Eligibility Assessment Form,
  • a brief company description,
  • The participant’s Résumé
  • the Learning Plan.

After application approval, the applicant must also provide:

  • proof of employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to BioTalent Canada upon request,
  • monthly financial claims and complete post-intervention surveys.

Other Things to Note:

The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is financed by the government through 5 delivery organizations, including ECO Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada and BioTalent Canada (covered in this database). Clean Foundation, and The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) are the other 2 delivery organizations.

Applications for Science Horizons Youth Internship Program are no longer being accepted.

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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