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Digital Skills for Youth program (DS4Y) │ Communautique


Take on interns for six months and have 100% of their salaries financed.


The Digital Skills for Youth program (DS4Y) was set up to connect under-employed post-secondary graduates with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations to give them the opportunity to use and improve their skills. The ultimate goal is to prepare them to find a long-term job in a changing digital economy. The DS4Y program helps under-employed post-secondary graduates combine relevant work experience with digital skills training, in an internship, so they can successfully enter the labour market.

The DS4Y program is part of the Career Focus section of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS).

Eligible Applicants


The interns will acquire new non-technical skills and new digital knowledge through internships with the employer, which can be in one of the following fields:

  • Software and video game development
  • Application coding and development
  • Network troubleshooting
  • Adaptive technologies
  • Website development
  • Online learning
  • Social media campaign and other content development
  • Digital manufacturing

Intern Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the program, the interns must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years old at the beginning of the internship
  • Have completed post-secondary studies
  • Have the legal right to work in Canada
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a person with refugee status in Canada
  • Not receive employment insurance (EI) during the internship
  • Self-assess as being underemployed, that is, employed below their level of education or holding a part-time job
  • Not have already done an internship in the Career Focus Digital Skills for Youth program

Eligible Expenses

This program:

  • Offers support to unemployed or under-employed post-secondary graduates (interns) to gain work experience and find a career-oriented job.
  • Provides training and work opportunities that allow interns to develop knowledge and new or improved digital skills and the chance to put them into practice as they develop their business sense, entrepreneurial spirit, communications and problem-solving skills and team spirit. By acquiring these non-technical skills, the participants can be successful in the competitive job market.
  • Benefits from the employers’ contribution to the wages and social benefits of the youth, thereby ensuring that the youth are adequately mobilized and can benefit from their work experience.

Deadline Date

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