Digital Skills for Youth

Get up to $25,500 for digital skills training to hire and train young professionals​.

Looking to hire someone 30 and under this year?  You might be eligible for funding to subsidize related costs.  

Thank you for your interest in the Digital Skills for Youth Program. Due to high demand, the program is currently at capacity. Applications received now will be waitlisted and we will contact you if spots become available.

About the Program

You can get:

  • One grant for salary costs of up to $25,500, 
  • One grant for training of up to $4,000,
  • One grant for capital/direct costs, including small repairs or renovations to support the participation of youth facing barriers, up to a maximum of $5,000. 

We require proof of payment to reimburse funds. All amounts are paid retroactively.   


Business Eligibility

  • A B.C. based company or non-profit, 
  • Have less than 500 employees,  
  • Must provide internal mentorship to support the hire’s tech role. 

Intern Eligibility

  • Must be between 15-30 years old, 
  • Be a post-secondary graduate,
  • Be hired between April 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022, 
  • Be working in a technology related position or supporting digital work,
  • Not be in receipt of EI during the course of the work placement, 
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada as a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status, 
  • Not be an immediate family member of the recipient or employer,  
  • Reside, physically work in B.C., or have plans to return to BC, 
  • Self-assess as underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment, or are unemployed,  
  • Not have completed a DS4Y work placement in their lifetime, and,
  • Cannot be a university or college co-op student or intern. 

Applications with Interns who self-identify as Indigenous peoples, official languages minorities, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and women will be given special consideration. 


Key Dates

  • Application deadline is January 31, 2022
  • Earliest hire date is April 1, 2021 
  • Latest hire date is March 1, 2022 
  • Latest work placement end date is June 30, 2022 

Steps to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Digital Skills for Youth Program. Due to high demand, the program is currently at capacity. Applications received now will be waitlisted and we will contact you if spots become available.
Interested in finding another hiring grant program? Innovate BC will soon launch an expanded Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) program. The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation is investing $15 million in expanding the ISI program, to be more accessible and inclusive. If you’re interested in learning more when the opportunity opens, please sign up here.

Tell me more about Digital Skills For Youth 

You might have hired a young professional or are looking to hire one, you can benefit from subsidized salary costs and help build our talent pool.  

The program will:  

  • Match underemployed young professionals/youth with SMBs and not-for-profits in digital related roles, 
  • Provide digital skills training so youth can successfully transition to the workforce,  
  • Increase employability and marketability of youth.  
  • The Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program, funded by the Government of Canada, and delivered by Innovate BC, provides up to $25,500 so youth (aged 15-30) can successfully transition to the workforce.   
  • The program helps to increase the employability and marketability of youth in British Columbia, as well as match underemployed youth with B.C. SMEs and non-profits in all regions of the province.  

Program Guidelines

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"Our intern has been fantastic and we're so happy to have her. Onboarding younger staff in a small company takes time especially while remote. The Innovate BC support is a great incentive for us."

Charles Bern
PATIO Interactive

"Because our intern did such a great job, we are able to increase client turnover and hire our intern post program."
Bold Media Group Inc.

Kim Wilson
Bold Media Group Inc.

"The intern's work greatly contributed to the growth of the organization and allowed them to develop various digital skills thus enhancing their employability in the digital industries sector."

Upkar Tatlay
Engaged Communities Canada Society

"It was a significant help to have the financial as well as mentorship support to find and develop our talent within the team."
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