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Our team is connected to a wide variety of funding partners and programs – let us be your gateway to funding that meets your organization’s needs. Contact us to learn more about these programs and determine your eligibility – email us anytime at hiremasters.utsc@utoronto.ca


 

Notable Funding and Wage Subsidy Programs

Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. This funding is designed to create summer jobs for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

For Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020, the Department introduced temporary flexibilities to respond to the needs of employers and youth in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will continue to offer these temporary flexibilities for 2021 in order to continue to support employers and youth.

The following temporary flexibilities will be in place for CSJ 2021: 

  • Wage subsidies: Funded public and private sector employers will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 75% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Under regular rules, private and public sector employers are only eligible to receive up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum wage.
  • Part-time employment: All funded employers may offer part-time placements (for example, fewer than 30 hours per week). Under regular rules, all CSJ-funded employment has to be full time (a minimum of 30 hours per week). 
  • Employment period: All funded employers may offer job placements between April 26, 2021 and February 26, 2022. Under regular rules, all CSJ-funded positions have to be completed during the summer months.Changes to project and job activities: All funded employers may amend project and job activities if the proposed project is impacted by COVID-19 restrictions after an agreement is signed. In such cases, the employer should contact Service Canada to discuss potential amendments. All changes must be approved by Service Canada.

 

Co-operative Education Tax Credit

The Co-operative Education Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for Ontario-based co-op employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college. Corporations can claim 25% of eligible expenditures (30% for small businesses), for up to a maximum credit of $3,000 per co-op term. Our MEnvSc work terms are a minimum of 16 weeks in length. Eligible corporations can claim the tax credit on Schedule T2SCH550 of their T2 Corporation Income Tax Return. 

Mitacs Accelerate

Mitacs Accelerate leverages research projects between industry partners and academic researchers. Internships start at four months with opportunities for extension. Successful applicants are required to contribute a minimum of $7500 contribution to receive a $15,000 research award. Eligible partners include for-profit and not-for-profit corporations in Canada, for-profit businesses operating outside Canada, and eligible intern-owned start-ups at approved incubators from all sectors.
 

Interested in exploring a collaborative research project with University of Toronto faculty? Please contact us directly for more information.

 

Mitacs Business Strategy Internship

In partnership with Canadian academic institutions, Mitacs is pleased to offer the Business Strategy Internship (BSI). The award provides either $10,000 or $15,000 per intern to allow them to undertake a four-month internship project with a partner organization in Canada. Interns will work with their academic supervisor to co-design a project with their partner organization to work on the organization’s innovation activities, helping them improve their products, processes, or services. Throughout the internship, Mitacs provides online professional development courses to interns through our e-Campus, EDGE.

Nature Canada - Work to Grow

Nature Canada’s Work to Grow program connects racialized youth to jobs that promote and protect nature. Eligible employers included non-profits, for-profits, Indigenous organizations & governments and educational & cultural intuitions that relate to nature conservation and appreciation. Nature Canada will provide a 50% wage subsidy to increase your capacity to hire youth aged 15-30, at $17.50/hour for up to 35 hours/week, for between 8 and 16 weeks, until March 2022. Youth applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or granted refugee status
  • Self-Identified as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour

Project Learning Tree Canada

Project Learning Tree Canada offers a 50% wage match (up to a maximum of $5,712 per youth) to employers hiring youth aged 15-30 into forest, conservation and parks jobs. The duration of the work experience must be from a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 16 weeks, and the work experience must take place in Canada. To be eligible for the wage matching, employers must first register as a Green Jobs employer. Once an employer is registered and positions are added, it may take up to 72 hours to review them.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) helps postsecondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get the work experience required to prepare for jobs in these high-demand fields. SWPP is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM, healthcare, business and all other programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Employers can receive wage subsidies of up to 70% of the wage cost for the work term (to a maximum of $7,000 per student).  

  • Up to $5,000 for every student you hire through the program  
  • Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including: 
    • ​Women in STEM
    • Persons with disabilities
    • Newcomers
    • Indigenous students
    • Visible minorities
    • First year students 

 

Additional Funding and Wage Subsidy Programs

CanExport SMEs

CanExport SMEs is looking to help small and medium-size enterprises located in Ontario increase their access to global markets. Companies with a maximum of 500 full-time equivalent employees and who have declared between $100K to $100M in annual revenue during the last 12 months in Canada may qualify. Eligible applicants may receive up to $75,000 in CanExport SMEs funding to cover up to 75% of international market development activities. Applications are accepted year-round and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis, and most applications are approved within 60 business days.

Green Jobs Science & Technology Internship Program

Green Jobs Science & Technology Internship Program (STIP) is funded by Natural Resources Canada. Green Jobs STIP provides wage subsidies for hiring organizations in the natural resource sectors to host eligible interns for six to 12-month internships. Eligible employers will be provided with salary support of up to 80% of an intern’s salary, to a maximum of $10,000. The application deadline to submit a proposal is typically in mid-April. 

National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)

The NRC IRAP Youth Employment Program offers financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring youth to work on projects with R&D, engineering, multimedia or market analysis components as well as to help develop new products or processes. Eligible businesses must be small or medium size, have 500 or fewer full time equivalents and be incorporated of for profit. The internship will last a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months, and the candidate must work a minimum of 30 hours per week. The candidate must also be 15-30 years of age, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person granted refugee status and a post-secondary graduate.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation provides program funding for existing and growing sectors in Northern Ontario. There are 13 different programs, each with unique funding and eligibility requirements. Please refer to the website for application deadlines.

Ontario Innovation Tax Credit

Ontario Innovation Tax Credit provides a refundable tax credit for Ontario corporations working in scientific research and experimental development areas. Qualifying corporations can claim 8% up to a maximum of $240,000 per year. 

Scientific Research & Experimental Development Program

The Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses to conduct research and development in Canada. Eligible companies may deduct SR&ED expenditures from their income for tax purposes and receive a SR&ED investment tax credit. A Canadian-controlled private corporation can earn a refundable ITC of 35% on qualified expenditures, up to a maximum of $3 million.

SmartStart Seed Fund

The Ontario Centres of Excellence SmartStart Seed Fund is open to young entrepreneurs in Ontario aged 18-29 and entrepreneurs aged 30+ engaged with technology or innovation-based start-ups. The Fund provides seed funding of up to $60,000 for youth streams. Applications must be initiated at least seven days prior to the submission deadline, which is in early to mid-May.

United Nations Association in Canada: Green Spaces

Canada Green Corps is an innovative programme created by the United Nations Association in Canada to launch the careers of talented but un- or underemployed Canadian youth. It is open to recent post-secondary graduates aged 18-30 at the time of intake who are eligible to work in STEM fields. Successful candidates will gain valuable professional experience from full-time six month Work-Integrated Learning internships with employer partners across Canada. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a job program that allows eligible employers to benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Positions last up to 16 weeks and students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. The program may contribute up to 50% of the student's employment costs for private and public sector organizations and up to 70% of the student's employment costs for non-profit organizations. The application deadline for summer work terms is typically due in mid-February.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is a job program that allows eligible employers to benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Positions last up to 16 weeks and students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. The program may contribute up to 75% of the student’s employment costs to a maximum of $8,000 per job and $50,000 per employer. The application deadline for summer work terms is typically due in early February.