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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. Be a Canadian Small to Medium Businesses (under 500 employees) with an eligible digital role
  2. 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.
  3. Offer a paid placement with a wage subsidy of $3,750 a month for up to 6 months depending on the skills and training of the intern
  4. Have the capacity to train and mentor the intern to enhance and maximize the intern’s experience
  5. Create a learning plan and allow the intern to attend training courses to enhance their skills.

As work experience length of 6 months has been proven essential to providing a quality internship, priority will be given to employers who can meet this duration, 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.

Apply Now

Please fill out the following form if you are interested in applying for the wage subsidy program. If you have any questions, you can also send an email to ds4y@lighthouselabs.com

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