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Hiring Programs

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.

General Subsidies


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 Subventions salariales pout rmployés (French only)


Skills Link

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


Mitacs Accelerate

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


Tax Credits for Practicums in the Workplace

Information on the tax credit for extended practicums in the workplace.

For more info: Tax Credits for Practicums in the Workplace


Natural Resources Canada

Any non-federal government organization (private company, university or college, non-profit organization and provincial or municipal government) can become a partner of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) when it hires an eligible intern to work on research and development projects that are within the mandate of NRCan. Partners can receive a contribution payment for a portion of the intern's salary. The intern is an employee of the partner.

For more info: Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP)


More Wage Subsidy Programs

For more wage subsidy programs, visit:

Subsidies For Hiring Aboriginal Youth


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)

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.

For more information, visit PRIIME - For employers (French only) or PRIIME - For job-seekers.