Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y)

By mmuise

The Digital Skills for Youth program allows you to leverage the knowledge of a tech-savvy, educated youth population to future-proof your business.
The Digital Skills for Youth program is a wage subsidy provided to SMEs that covers 80% of wages up to $18,000 for environmental jobs that require digital abilities.
Examples of eligible roles include: digital marketers, developers, GIS specialists, drone operators, data analysts or IT specialists with an environmental focused role.

Comments on Funding:

Funding covers 80% of a candidate’s salary up to a maximum of $18,000.
No additional funding available.

Deadline: Currently accepting applications

Applicants must:

  • be SMEs (have under 500 employees) and willing to provide training,
  • be Canadian owned organizations or a Canadian subsidiary,
  • provide jobs with environmentally-related with a digital component.
    Interns must be:
  • post-secondary graduates across Canadian provinces or High School graduates in Territories;
  • between 15-30 years of age;
  • looking for work in areas that require digital skills and be tech-savvy, educated youth population;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • unemployed, underemployed or hold part-time employment.
    Placements must be a minimum of 3 months in length, full or part-time.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. take the eligibility Quiz and complete the online host application to get approved,

2. find a Candidate for the approved position and have them apply (Employer hosts and approved Candidate become linked and contracts are issued.).

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. job title, description & training plan (for employers);
2. resume (for candidates).

Other Things to Note:

Nov. 2023:
Program Status: Applications Are Now Open

Oct 2022:
ECO Canada is Environment and Climate Change Canada's delivery partner.

Applications for employers are currently closed.
Applications for youth candidates are currently open.

Program Contact:
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