- Workforce Development Stream: The intent of the Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce through business partnerships by offering internships.
- Indigenous Workforce Development Stream: The intent of the Indigenous Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s Indigenous workforce through business partnerships by offering internships to Indigenous persons.
Eligible Candidates/CostsSalaries/wages and employer’s portion of Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) (e.g.: Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, mandatory minimum vacation pay, as per Employment Standards Act) for a limited-term internship position of 52 weeks (with at least 35 hours of work per week) for candidates that:
- Are new entrants into the workforce, are transitioning to a new career, or the unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field;
- Have not previously participated in a NOHFC-funded internship;
- Are at least 18 years of age; and
- Reside, and be legally entitled to work, in Canada.
- For the Indigenous Workforce Development Stream: Identify as an Indigenous person, including First Nation, Metis, or Inuit.
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- The extent to which the position addresses a labour shortage or supports the development of a skilled trade or profession in Northern Ontario
- The opportunity for the placement to result in a full-time, permanent job with the applicant or another Northern Ontario business
- The quality of the skill development opportunity and the potential for the position to provide specific and recognizable transferable skills
- The quality of the position’s work/training plan and direct onsite supervision methods
For eligible municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations, funding is in the form of a conditional contribution of up to 90% of an intern’s salary and employer’s portion of MERCs to a maximum of $35,000 per year.
Please note that for a proposal to be considered as being a research internship, the application must be written so as to meet the NOHFC's definition of research:
Q: What is a research intern under the Internship Program?
A: An employer applying for a research intern must engage in research activities as part of their mandate. NOHFC considers both pure (scientific) and applied research positions.
Pure (scientific) research internships must contribute to the development of documents that are generated for public consumption and peer review.
Applied research internships involve conducting studies and research that seeks to solve practical problems and find solutions to everyday problems. This often involves original investigation into the development of new technology, products, and services.
For the purpose of defining an applied research internship the following criteria must be met:
a) The applicant must be involved in research aimed at developing a new technology and or products (i.e. a solution to everyday problem)
b) The internship duties will focus on assisting the applicant organization in development and research of a new technology, products, or service.