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Hiring for the Summer

Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidies are for organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

Co-op Hire Incentive Program (CHIP-In) is available for any types of businesses, this is a wage subsidy grant of $2500 to hire an Alberta School of Business Co-op Student from May-August for a minimum of 280 hours (full-time roles are preferred, but part-time roles may be considered). Roles must help students build their professional skills and you must be able to provide mentorship and supervision.

Career Focus Get up to 80% of your costs covered when you hire 8 or more young people (18-30). Eligible Career Focus activities must help the youth gain employment experience and skills related to their field of studies or career goals. Aimed mostly at non-profits, and government organizations, for-profit businesses can still take part if the activities the youth are to work in is considered “non-commercial”, not intended to generate profit

 

Hiring for help with Technology:

TECHCareers is a program for unemployed Albertans to train them into Software Developers.  TECHCareers is a government funded program, so there are no fees to access the services. The University of Alberta, facilitates the occupational training component of the program where, upon completion, the students will obtain a University of Alberta Certificate in Software Development as Full Stack Developers. The students have skills and competencies in a variety of languages and frameworks such as HTML/CSS, C#, ASP.NET, MySQL, PHP, JavaScript, REACT Native, etc. They are looking for employers to take on graduated students as Interns to get work experience. Access a student for 4-8 weeks at various times throughout the year to help with website development, app development or other tech needs.

University of Alberta Internship and Work Experience Programs if you’re looking to hire a student for an internship or work experience.

University of Calgary Transformative Talent Internships if you can provide meaningful work for a student intern.

Venture for Canada Internship Program if you're looking to hire an intern or a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution. Employers may qualify for a 70% subsidy, capped at $7,000. New cohorts of interns are placed every September, January, and May.

WIL Digital helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. It provides:
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.

Youth Employment Program provides financial assistance to hire a student or young graduate to work on a business, technical, or technology-related projects to help you:
o    advance research and development, engineering and multimedia activities
o    develop new products and processes
o    conduct market analyses for new technology-based products
o    support business development related to science and technology activities
o    improve customer services

TECTERRA Geomatics Technology Program wage subsidies, loans, and grant programs for businesses working in geospatial technology products (data)

 

Hiring for Help with Research and Development:

Industry R&D Associates Get up to $74,500 per year for up to two years to employ an in-house professional research and development person to make that last leap from research to a marketable product.

Mitacs Accelerate Solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need — your financial contribution starts at $7,500.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada  Partner with a research team from a university or college to help you achieve business goals, solve problems and get results. Projects can range from three months to several years and involve either in-kind or financial support from your business. Contact

University of Alberta Internship and Work Experience Programs if you’re looking to hire a student for an internship or work experience

University of Calgary Transformative Talent Internships if you can provide meaningful work for a student intern.

Venture for Canada Internship Program Are you an employer looking to hire an intern or a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution? Employers may qualify for a 70% subsidy, capped at $7,000. New cohorts of interns are placed every September, January, and May.

WIL Digital helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. It provides:

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.

Youth Employment Program Financial assistance to hire a student or young graduate to work on a 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; and improve customer services.

 

Hiring someone Indigenous/Metis:

Rupertsland Institute Employment Partnership- Up to 50% of wages covered for Metis workers who have the accreditation but not the work experience to find meaningful work.

Youth Summer Employment- summer employment (May through August) for ages 15-30. This program covers 50% of wages.

WIL Digital helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. It provides:

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.

Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth  If your business is in the housing industry this program provides on-the-job training for First Nation and Inuit youth along with a wage subsidy. Available for “youths” between the ages of 15 and 30.

 

Hiring for Help with Business:

Graduate Student Internship Program - University of Alberta provides funding for employers to hire a graduate student to solve a staffing or business need. Employers in all sectors can participate, including private, public and not-for-profit. You can receive 50 cents on every dollar you can put towards a student's salary (Up to $8,000)

Acadium In exchange for your coaching and guidance, Acadium apprentice’s help you with your projects, unpaid, as part of their training. Your business pays $299 per credit which is good for a 3 month volunteer.

University of Alberta Internship and Work Experience Programs if you’re looking to hire a student for an internship or work experience.

University of Calgary Transformative Talent Internships if you can provide meaningful work for a student intern.

School of Retailing Consulting Group- University of Alberta get University students to do consulting work for you including Primary Market Research, Strategic Planning, Social Media Strategy, Brand Awareness Strategy, Branding, Website Creation.

Venture for Canada Internship Program Are you an employer looking to hire an intern or a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution? Employers may qualify for a 70% subsidy, capped at $7,000. New cohorts of interns are placed every September, January, and May.

WIL Digital helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. It provides:

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.

Youth Employment Program Financial assistance to hire a student or young graduate to work on a 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; and improve customer services.

 

Hiring for Someone with Barriers to Employment:

Interested in hiring someone with a disability? There are a number of programs available:

National Programs Local/ Regional Programs

Training-on-the-Job Program A WCB support program to give employment who has been previously injured on the job.

WIL Digital helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. It provides:

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.

 

Hiring Someone Bilingual:

Young Canada Works offers Internships in Canada to staff positions in official-language minority community media (radios and newspapers).

International internships to staff positions mainly related to the language industry.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages hire a bilingual summer student.

 

Hiring an Apprentice:

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit if you are interested in hiring an apprentice within the first two years of their program get up to $2000 per year per apprentice.

 

Hiring for Science, Engineering, Math and Natural Resources:

College and Institutes Canada Clean Tech Internship Employers can hire an intern for 6-12 months in a full-time position related to the use or development of clean tech, and CICan will contribute up to 70% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $15,000.

Youth Employment Placement Program If your business works in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or Natural Resources, you could be eligible to receive funding for full-time environmental job placements and skills training.Currently there are two streams of funding for 6-12 month positions: Youth Employment in Natural Resources and Science Horizons Youth Internship Program.

Mitacs Career Connect is a wage subsidy program that supports six-month placements for organizations interested in hiring recent post-secondary graduates for jobs that protect the environment, create positive environmental outcomes, or address an environmental or climate change-related challenge.

Science and Technology Internship Program get an intern from the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in the natural resources sectors: energy, forestry and mining, earth sciences, and clean technology.

University of Alberta Internship and Work Experience Programs if you’re looking to hire a student for an internship or work experience.

University of Calgary Transformative Talent Internships if you can provide meaningful work for a student intern.

Venture for Canada Internship Program Are you an employer looking to hire an intern or a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution? Employers may qualify for a 70% subsidy, capped at $7,000. New cohorts of interns are placed every September, January, and May.

WIL Digital helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. It provides:

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.

Youth Employment Program Financial assistance to hire a student or young graduate to work on a business, technical, or technology-related projects to help you with: 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; and improve customer services.

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