Are you a Canadian student looking for grants or scholarships for internships?

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Finding the right internship opportunity can make a big difference in successfully starting your career. However, finding your internship can prove difficult when you don’t have much if any, work experience. While there is a plethora of organizations available to work for, landing a paid internship at your ideal company can be hard. Here are 10 organizations for Canadian student grants for full-time students to land your career-defining roles in their field of study.


1. Mitacs grants

Funding – The Mitacs Canada internship program provides base funding starts at $15,000 per four-month project — $7,500 from Mitacs and $7,500 from the industry partner – and there is no upper limit

Eligibility – This Canada student service grant targets for-profit corporations and crown corporations receiving no more than 50% of their revenues from government sources.

Not-for-profit (NFP) corporations, such as industry associations, charitable organizations, and economic development organizations. All Mitacs Elevate partner organizations must be Canadian or a Canadian location of a foreign-owned organization. They should be end-users of the research and must have an office or site where the fellow undertakes at least 50% of the fellowship interacting with the partner.

Process – The streamlined process at Mitacs can be done in as little as two weeks.


2.Red Seal Canada 

Funding – These grants could cover up to $2,000 per apprentice hired through the Apprenticeship Completion Grants (ACG) and $3,000 through the Apprenticeship Incentive Grants for Women (AIG-W) program.

Eligibility – Any organization or business of any sort—non-profit, for-profit, etc.—can apply for these grants. Apprentices can even apply for it while still in school, but there are quite a few requirements, especially for the AIG-W, so check out ACG and ACG-W to learn more.

Process – Deadlines to apply for both always fall 12 months after graduation. And again, remember, always make sure you gather any possible supporting documents before you apply, such as proof of certification. Once you’ve done that, apply online for the ACG or the ACG-W. There you’ll also find a list of documents you may need for your application, by province, that you’ll need to submit by mail to an Apprenticeship Grants Processing Centre or in person at any Service Canada Centre.


3.Bio- talents Canada

Funding – These grants could cover up to $2,000 per apprentice hired through the Apprenticeship Completion Grants (ACG) and $3,000 through the Apprenticeship Incentive Grants for Women (AIG-W) program.

Eligibility – To get in on this program and start hiring qualified candidates, you must be a Canadian company offering a workplace educational opportunity for a STEM or business student. The role must be a full-time position and include federal and provincial tax deductions. In other words, you must be offering a full-time, paid position. There are rules about your potential intern as well. They must be currently attending a postsecondary institution, either full- or part-time; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee; and be legally allowed to work in Canada. Of course, your potential intern should also be studying a related field, such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business, and/ or any other program BioTalent Canada finds is relevant. Their primary focus is on grants for research and development. 

Process –  The intern you’ve chosen must complete the Participant Information Form, making sure to include a resume and a copy of their proof of post-secondary enrollment. They’ll also have to complete a Co-op Agreement Form with the assistance of their school. As the applicant for the subsidy, you’ll have to complete an Employer Application Form, a Student Work Placement Program’s Co-op Agreement Form, a brief company description, a description of the intern’s role, a direct deposit banking application, and a formal learning plan and submit them all to Jennifer Ash at


4.Science horizon youth internship program 

Funding – This program could give you as much as $15,000 to help with the candidate’s wages, you should be prepared to contribute at least 50% of the total cost without funding from another program.

Eligibility – This program will help you hire a talented graduate to work in your science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) business, but their job must be linked to the green economy. To qualify for this wage subsidy program, you can be an individual and hiring your first intern; nonprofit or for-profit (small- or medium-sized), a provincial/territorial, municipal, or local government; an institution, agency, or Crown corporation, or an organization such as Indigenous organizations (including band councils/tribal councils) or local organizations.

Process – All you need to do to qualify, after choosing your intern, is complete all your documents and submit them. But ensure the full-time internship position lasts at least 6-12 months, is in an environmental STEM field linked to the green economy, and you have a process for supervising and mentoring an intern. Of course, as with the other BioTalent program, there are certain restrictions around who qualifies. Not only must your chosen intern have graduated from science, technology, engineering, or math program in the last 3 years, be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and be legally allowed to work in Canada, but they must also be younger than 30 at the time of hire


5.The Clean Leadership Professional and Clean Leadership Summer Internships. 

Funding – Funding for Professional Internships covers up to 70% of an intern’s salary, to no more than $15,000, and potential interns must be recent STEM graduates with an environmental focus. Funding for Summer Internships helps with the cost of an intern’s wage, but qualified companies must cover 25% of the intern’s wage themselves and be prepared to pay the chosen intern at least $0.50 more per hour than the provincial minimum wage.  

Eligibility – This Canadian summer jobs grant targets individuals younger than 30; not receiving EI benefits; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee; and able to work for at least 6 months.

Process – While the program itself is Canada-wide, the summer internships are available only in Nova Scotia. Interested organizations must complete the online employment application form.


6.Career Launcher grants

FundingYour organization could receive up to 70% of the intern’s salary to a maximum of $15,000 in the Clean Tech Internship program, up to 50% to a maximum of $15,000 for the Natural Resources Internship ($20,000 if you hire an Indigenous youth or youths living in Northern, rural, and remote communities), and up to $15,000 for the Digital Tech Internship, with up to 50% of the wage covered if you’re a business and up to 75% for non-profits.

Eligibility – 

  • They must be a post-secondary student or graduate.
  • They must be no more than 30 years old upon application.
  • They must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.
  • They must be legally allowed to work in Canada.
  • They must not be receiving EI.
  • They must not be a previous participant in a federal youth employment program.
  • They must a new employee.

Process – There are yet more hiring incentives available for those in the technology industry. The Career-Launcher Internships program offers to subsidize employers who hire an intern for 6-12 months, full time. There are three categories available:

  • Career-Launcher Clean Tech Internship
  • Career-Launcher Natural Resources Internship
  • Career-Launcher Digital Tech Internship

Any organization can apply to host an intern, but only small- to medium-sized organizations with less than 500 employees qualify for the Digital Tech Internship.


7.Environment and Climate Change Canada Science and Technology Internship

Funding – Funding depends on the organization, its requirements, and the financial position of the organization.

Eligibility- This Canada-wide grant program helps businesses and organizations in a variety of sectors hire young people, which also allows more opportunities for youth to gain valuable skills and experiences in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and a chance to work in priority sectors such as clean technology, energy, forestry and mining, and earth sciences. Businesses and organizations interested in applying for this subsidy can be legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, indigenous organizations and groups, or any level of government. Intern qualifications are the same as most other programs. They must be between 15 and 30 at the start of the internship; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee; legally entitled to work in Canada; and not receiving EI benefits during the internship.

Process- Apply using documents as listed on the website.


8.ICTC grants

Funding – Subsidies of 75% of wages paid to a maximum of $7500 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurship/business skills; 50% of the student’s salary, up to $5,000; or 70% of the student’s salary, up to $7,000, if the student falls within one of the following under-represented groups: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Indigenous students, recent immigrants, students with disabilities, and first-year students.

Eligibility- Hiring an eligible student from all disciplines of studies including Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Business, etc. Registered business, a not-for-profit organization, or post-secondary institution in Canada You are hiring for a Net New* position [Not applicable between May 25, 2020, and March 31, 2021]

Process- If you meet all the eligibility criteria you can reach out to your school’s co-op department or use regular job search tools to find a position that will help you build on your IT and digital-tech skills. When applying for jobs, inform your potential employer that in addition to bringing your unique skills and talents to their team your employer could qualify for ICTC’s WIL Digital wage subsidy. They also support virtual internship!


9.Environmental Careers Organization of Canada Science Horizons Internship Program and Youth Employment in Natural Resources Science & Technology Internship Program

Funding – The Science Horizons Internship Program will give you up to $15,000 to hire a young intern studying science, technology, engineering, or math

The Youth Employment in Natural Resources Science & Technology Internship Program offers you up to 50% of an intern’s pay, up to $15,000 of course. However, should you hire an intern in a Northern, rural, remote community, this program could give you up to $20,000

Eligibility- The organization could qualify for either program if you’re Canadian owned or a government department and hire a new intern under 30 to fill an open, full-time, permanent STEM, or natural resources position. Just make sure your chosen candidate is under 30; is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee; is unemployed or underemployed when you hire them; haven’t previously participated in a federal youth employment program; and can start working within 30 days of being approved.

Process-  To apply, just take an eligibility quiz and complete the online application that follows, find a candidate for the approved position and have them apply (Then employers and approved candidates will become linked and contracts issued.), and send the signed contracts to ECO Canada. Be aware there will be reports and webinars to complete, and you’ll have to send pay stubs to receive the wage funding as you go.


10. Environment and Climate Change Canada Science and Technology Internship

Funding – This program boasts up to $3,000 for each work placement position.

Eligibility- Students or new graduates only have to be studying (or newly graduated from) the Mechanical Technician (Tool & Die, CNC Machining, Precision Metalworking) In some cases, new apprentices may also be considered. This is, however, and the Ontario internship program exclusively.

Process- There is no application deadline; the program runs continuously as each placement lasts from 10 to 16 weeks. They’ll even fill out the application form for you and coordinate interviews and placements. The goal of this program is to create 120 student work placements in the Machine, Tool, Die, and Mould (MTDM) sector, so this is just about the easiest program around for businesses and students or recent graduates to apply for.


If the above list doesn’t fit your criteria, make sure to check out government grants for international students!

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