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Student Work Placement Program │ Innovate BC


Up to $26,000


Innovate BC is pleased to offer Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y), a program funded by the Federal Government of Canada through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), that aims to match underemployed youth with small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and notfor-profit organizations to provide meaningful work experience to support their successful transition to career-oriented employment in the digital economy or with digital skills.

Eligible Applicants

Employer Eligibility

  • Be established in B.C., as defined by being registered in BC and/or having a physical location within the province,
  • Be a small or medium-sized business or not-for-profit organization (under 500 employees), and
  • Have not received a Digital Skills for Youth grant from Innovate BC or another program delivery partner after April 22, 2020.

Youth Eligibility

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 30, inclusive, at the start of the internship
  • Be a post-secondary graduate (i.e. has completed a diploma or degree following secondary education),
  • Not be in receipt of EI during the course of the work placement,
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (i.e. Canadian citizen, permanent Resident or person who has been granted refugee status), and Self-assess as underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment, or are unemployed.
  • Youth who self-identify as women, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), member of an official language minority community, new immigrant, refugee, a person with a disability, a visible minority or LGBTQ2S+ or who live in a rural or remote location, will be given special consideration.

Eligible Expenses

  • Direct Labour/Salary Costs
  • Training Costs
  • Special Participant and Capital Costs

Deadline Date

  Year 1 application intake​: August 2020 – March 2021; ​ Deadline to apply for Year 1 funding – Feb 26, 2021; Deadline to submit final reimbursement claim – March 31, 2021; Cut-off for costs eligible for reimbursement – March 31, 2021
Industry: Employment, Location: British Colombia ,
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