NRC IRAP YEP - Youth Employment Strategy Programs


The Youth Employment Strategy Programs provide SMEs with financial assistance to hire skilled post-secondary graduates in the following fields: science; engineering; technology; business; and liberal arts.

Graduates work on innovative projects, including research, development and commercialization of technologies.

The SME benefits from the extra knowledge and the graduates gain valuable work experience that will open doors to the future.

Internships are 6 - 12 months and can be located anywhere in Canada.

YEP shares a portion of the salary costs of the post-secondary graduate. SMEs are responsible for other expenses such as fringe benefits and overhead costs.

Funding Dispersed?

Approximately 2,400 graduates received a YEP internship worth $15K - $30K on average, between 2006-07 and 2010-11.

Who's Eligible?

SME Eligibility:

  • Incorporated and for-profit
  • 500 or less full-time equivalents
  • Willing to establish a working relationship with IRAP

Graduate eligibility:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Between 15 and 30 years old (inclusive)
  • have graduated from a post-secondary institution
  • be legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • be a first-time youth participant in a placement of the Career Focus Program of the Youth Employment Strategy

Can Companies Also Claim SR&ED?

Yes, the company can also claim their portion of the salaries and expenses towards a SR&ED-eligible project.

How to Apply?

Contact IRAP for more information and to complete an application.

Want More Info?

  • Call: 1.877.994.4727