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.   


Employer 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 application submission date and March 1, 2023
  • 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 Employer/principal shareholder
  • Reside in B.C.
  • 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 co-op student

Key Dates

  • Application deadline is November 30, 2022
  • Earliest hire date is after the application submission date
  • Latest hire date is March 1, 2023 

Steps to Apply

  • Read the Program Rules
  • Submit the Application Form
  • After receiving an initial eligibility notification from Innovate BC, complete your application:
    • Submit Intern, Project and Training Plan
    • Invite a prospective candidate to complete the Intern Application form

Innovate BC has a number of grants that require employers to hire skilled workers. To help employers find the right candidate, here is a list of organizations that have available skilled workers. 

If you’re interested in hiring tech talent, please reach out to a contact below with your job description and the Innovate BC program you applied for. 

Tell me more about Digital Skills For Youth 

If you are looking to hire a young professional, 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 Rules

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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."

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

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