Funding to Hire Foreign Professionals
Up to 75% of New Immigrant Wages Covered
The Skilled Newcomer Internship program contributes 75% up to $20,000 in grant funding towards the cost (e.g. wages, accommodation, training) of hiring a new immigrant to Canada. Employers must be part of the bio-economy, which includes medical cannabis growers, food processors, farmers, nutraceuticals, bio-pharmaceuticals, brewers, cosmetics makers, equipment manufacturers, consultants, or any other businesses dealing with “living things” (note: our simple interpretation of bio-economy). Work placements must be a minimum of 30 hrs./wk. for 3-9 months, plus provide training as outlined in a learning plan to be developed by the employer and selected employee. Eligible employees are internationally educated professionals, who have been in Canada for 5 years or less, and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have been granted refugee status.
In addition to the wage subsidy, the program provides employees/participants with free enrolment in BioTalent Canada’s suite of Essential Skills and Technical Skills training courses, as well as access to the BioSkills Recognition Program . Additionally, employers are offered key onboarding tools, including a diversity and inclusion HR policy template and on-going monitoring to ensure program success. Funding is limited. Apply early.
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