Skilled Newcomer Internships for the Bio-economy

By mmuise

The Skilled Newcomer Internship for the Bio-economy program helps newcomers get a foot in the door. The program covers 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000 for bio-economy employers to hire, accommodate and train IEPs for a three-to-nine-month work placement.

Comments on Funding:

Funding covers 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000.

Deadline: no longer accepting applicants.

Employers must:

  • be organizations which are part of the economic sector represented by BioTalent Canada, including:
    a) Indigenous-led organizations;
    b) bio-economy and green companies;
    c) not-for-profit organizations in biotechnology and nonbiotechnology;
    d) small industry organizations (more than 5, less than 99 employees);
    e) medium industry organizations (more than 100, less than 500 employees);
    f) large industry organizations (more than 500 employees);
    g) micro industry organizations (less than 5 employees);
    h) municipal, provincial or territory government;
    i) academia;
    j) grant advisors/funding consultants;
    k) industry associations/ Accelerators;
    l) industry service providers;
    m) utility organizations.
  • provide the internship in the bio-economy sector, including:
    a) bio-health; b) bio-energy; c) bio-industrial;
    d) agri-biotech; e) non-biotech.
  • offer full-time positions (at least 30 hours per week) for a three-to-nine month placement;
  • remunerate the balance of the wages not paid by BioTalent Canada to the participant.
    Interns must:
  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulation;
  • be new immigrants to Canada (in Canada 5 years or less);
  • be seeking first full-time work experience in Canada’s bio-economy;
  • not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and
  • be new (not yet employed) to the organization applying for funding.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. complete and submit the Participant Information Form (PIF). If applicants need to fill a position, they can post their job opening on The PetriDishTM job board.

2. provide a resume of the participant;

3. complete an Employer Eligibility Assessment Form (included in the application package) including the annual salary (e.g. 52 weeks) for the position;

4. submit a brief company description and a description of the intended participant’s position;

5. submit a formal Learning Plan before the placement begins;

6. submit all completed forms with supporting documentation to Ewaen at Signatures must be digitally dated and time stamped or hand written. A typed signature in cursive font is not accepted.

If the application is accepted, BioTalent Canada will draft a Placement Contract (electronic contract via PandaDocs) to be signed by the employer, participant and BioTalent Canada.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. the participant's resume;
2. a brief company description;
3. a description of the intended participant’s position;
4. a formal Learning Plan;
5. monthly financial claims, progress reports, and data upon request.

Other Things to Note:

Program forms were updated in December 2021.
The Skilled Newcomer Internships for the Bio-economy is now accepting applications.

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