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Funding to hire young graduates | NRC IRAP




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, which aims to help young Canadians get career information, develop skills, find good jobs, and stay employed.

Eligible Applicants


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


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. The candidate must also be:

  • 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 and Skills Strategy work experience program targeted at post-secondary graduates

Eligible Expenses

A student or young graduate hired through this program can work on business, technical, or technology-related projects to help you:

  • advance research and development, engineering and multimedia activities
  • develop new products and processes
  • conduct market analyses for new technology-based products
  • support business development related to science and technology activities
  • improve customer services

Deadline Date

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