There are provincial and federal programs that can help you hire students. Brief descriptions can be found below, along with phone numbers or links to web sites that can give you further information on these subsidies.
- Wage-Subsidy Funding for Environmental Internships
- The Conseil des arts de Montréal
- YMCA - High Demand Youth Internship Program
- Federal Government: Canada Summer Jobs
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- YES (Youth Employment Service) Montreal: Internship Program
- Congé fiscal pour chercheurs étrangers / Tax Holiday for Foreign Researchers
- Insertion en emploi - subventions salariales / Employment Integration - Wage subsidies
- Skills Link
- Mitacs Accelerate
- Connect Canada
- Tax Credits for Practicums in the Workplace
- More Wage Subsidy Programs
Wage-Subsidy Funding for Environmental Internships
The Internship program provides environmental employers with a wage-subsidy of up to $12,000 to help connect new graduates with industry employment.
For information, visit Wage-Subsidy Funding for Environmental Internships
The Conseil des arts de Montréal
The Conseil des arts de Montréal offers grants to organizations that participate in financial assistance programs created to help young professionals seeking internships in the fields of arts, film, media, dance, literate, music, theatre and other cultural works.
For information, visit Applications Deadlines
YMCA - High Demand Youth Internship Program (HD-YIP)
The High Demand Youth Internship Program (HD-YIP) exists for the benefit of the Intern participating in a broad-based learning opportunity. The YMCA administers this program on behalf of the Federal Government and gives priority to supervisors who are committed to working closely with the intern and sharing his or her knowledge and experience. Deadline: April 29.
For information, visit HD-YIP
Federal Government: Canada Summer Jobs
Canada Summer Jobs is a wage subsidy program that enables public, private and not-for-profit employers with 50 or fewer employees to create career-related summer jobs for student participants (age 15 - 30). Application deadline: February 28.
For information, visit Canada Summer Jobs
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC provides Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) in Industry (approximately $4500 for a maximum of 16 weeks) to enable students to work at a research and development facility of an eligible organization in Canada. Organizations wishing to participate must meet NSERC's eligibility criteria.
For information, visit NSERC
YES (Youth Employment Service) Montreal: Internship Program
(Program is now closed.)
With funding from Service Canada, YES Montreal’s Internship Program aims to give valuable work experience through an internship. Employers can benefit through partial wage subsidies by assisting young English speaking Quebecers integrating into the workforce.
For more information, visit YES Internship Program
Congé fiscal pour chercheurs étrangers / Tax Holiday for Foreign Researchers
This tax measure facilitates the recruitment of researchers from abroad to work on your innovation project. To qualify for this tax holiday, whose maximum duration is 60 consecutive months and which applies to the salary paid to the foreign researcher, you must:
- Have a business operating in Quebec
- Do scientific research and experimental development
- Have signed an employment contract with a foreign researcher with a graduate degree recognized by a Quebec university
For more information, visit Congé fiscal pour chercheurs étrangers (French only)
Insertion en emploi - subventions salariales / Employment Integration - Wage subsidies
Subsidies to hire someone on income security or employment insurance. The subsidy covers a portion of the recruit's wages and can also cover the cost related to coaching for that person, under certain conditions. The subsidy is awarded for a period ranging from 30 to 52 weeks and up to 60 weeks, if the person hired has a disability.
For more information, visit Insertion en emploi - subventions salariales (French only)
A client-centered program that provides funding for employers and organizations to offer eligible activities to youth facing barriers to employment.
For more information, visit Skills Link
Receive funding through Mitacs-Accelerate to hire grad students and post-docs from all disciplines to advance work on an existing process, product or system.
For more information, visit Mitacs
Connect Canada Internships
Receive funding through Connect Canada to hire graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements.
For more information, visit Connect Canada
Information on the tax credit for extended practicums in the workplace.
For more info: Tax Credits for Practicums in the Workplace
For more wage subsidy programs, visit Canada Business Network: Wage subsidies
Subsidies For Hiring Aboriginal Youth
- First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program
- First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program
- Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)
- Aboriginal Peoples' Program (APP)
- Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY)
First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program
Funding to help First Nations and Inuit youth acquire the essential skills to gain employment and function well in the workplace, and to learn about various career options. Employers may apply through First Nations Education Council's Skills Link Program
For more information, visit First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program
First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program
Provides youth with opportunities for summer employment to gain work experience and develop or enhance essential employability skills — the critical skills needed in the workplace, such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork.
For more information, visit First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program
Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)
Wage subsidies to hire and train First Nations or Inuit youths between the ages of 15 and 30. The program must provide work experience and on-the-job training related to housing activities, such as but not limited to: housing administration, construction, renovation, maintenance and client counseling.
For more information, visit HIIFNIY
Aboriginal Peoples' Program (APP)
Funding for aboriginal organizations supporting community projects that incorporate aboriginal values, cultures and traditional practices into community-driven activities designed to strengthen cultural identity and enable positive life choices.
For more information, visit APP
Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY)
Funding for aboriginal organizations supporting projects that serve urban youth with populations of at least 1,000. The projects must provide opportunities for aboriginal youth to explore and learn about aboriginal languages and cultures, promote their engagement in the community, and build cultural awareness in the community at large.
For more information, visit CCAY
Subsidies For Hiring Workers with Disabilities
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program (OF)
- Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability (SDPP-D)
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program (OF)
Funding for national, regional and local projects that assist people with disabilities in preparing for and finding employment or self-employment, as well as acquiring the skills necessary to maintain that new employment.
For more information, visit OF
Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability (SDPP-D)
Grant and contribution funding for community-based initiatives that address social issues and barriers faced by people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
For more information, visit SDPP-D
Subsidies for Hiring Immigrants and Visible Minorities
Employment Integration Program for Immigrants & Visible Minorities (PRIIME)
Employers could receive financial assistance, when hiring recent immigrants and visible minorities entering the Quebec labour market, covering:
- A portion of wages (excluding social benefits) for a maximum of 30 weeks, to enable the employee to gain work experience;
- The wages paid to the person responsible for accompanying the employee for the first 13 weeks, up to a maximum of 60 hours;
- The creation of specific activities or the adaptation of his or her human resource management tools;
- Expenditures incurred directly to train the employee and adapt their skills to the North American workplace, up to a maximum of 60 hours of training.