Industry Canada renews Small Business Internship Program

The Government of Canada has renewed its investment of $3.5 million to create hundreds of internships for post-secondary students across Canada through Industry Canada’s Small Business Internship Program (SBIP). 

The SBIP helps small and medium-sized enterprises across Canada improve their productivity and competitiveness by hiring about 400 student interns annually to help with information and communications technology projects.

Industry Canada has selected 17 organizations from across Canada to act as delivery agencies for the SBIP. They are responsible for selecting businesses to participate in the program. The funding will be divided between the agencies based on the size of the population they serve.

The program provides financial support to qualified SMEs so that they can hire a student intern for a 12-week period. Each intern must help the hiring business to adopt information and communications technology to increase its productivity and competitiveness. The federal government reimburses a participating SME up to 75 percent of its wage and benefit expenses for the internship.

For more information on the SBIP and its delivery agencies, please visit the SBIP website. Applications open April 1, 2011.