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Wage Subsidies

Available Wage Subsidy Programs

The Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) Program is a wage subsidy program funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada that connects underemployed post-secondary graduates with digital employment opportunities at small businesses. The program was created to facilitate the introduction of highly-skilled young people into a rapidly-changing labour market. Lighthouse Labs is proud to have been chosen as a Delivery Organization of the initiative.

Small business can apply with Lighthouse Labs to obtain the wage subsidy to cover 100% of an intern's salary for up to a 6 months, as well as $3000 towards training.

  • Intern Positions

    Over 200 Intern Positions

  • Wage Subsidies

    100% Wage Subsidies

  • Locations

    Anywhere in Canada

  • Availability

    Until March, 2021


To qualify as an employer, you must:

  1. Hire an intern that meets the eligibility requirements (unemployed or underemployed post-secondary graduates, 30 years old or under at the start of the internship and legally entitled to work in Canada) for a minimum paid 3 month internship.
  2. Offer a paid placement with a wage subsidy of up to $937.50/week ending on or before March 31st, 2021.
  3. Have the capacity to train and mentor the intern to enhance and maximize the intern’s experience
  4. Create a learning plan and allow the intern to attend training courses to enhance their skills.

As longer work experience has been proven essential to providing a quality internship, priority will be given to employers who can provide placements from approval date until March 31st, 2021, as well as those who are looking to hire youth facing employment barriers, Indigenous youth, members of a visible minority group, persons with disabilities, and women.

Thank you for your interest in the DS4Y wage subsidy program. Lighthouse Labs was happy to partner with the federal government in assisting placement of 250+ youth interns in positions involving digital skills across Canada. Unfortunately, all of our available funds have been allocated at this time.

Lighthouse Labs still has web and data analytics grads available for employment. Should you still be interested in adding to your team, please fill in the form below and someone from our career services team will be happy to connect.

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