Digital Skills for Youth Program

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Thank you for your interest in the Digital Skills for Youth Program. Please note that the application process is now closed as the deadline to submit a proposal was February 7, 2018.

Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) connects underemployed recent post-secondary graduates with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations where they can gain meaningful work experience to help them transition to career-oriented employment.

Program participants will be able to use the skills acquired during their studies and apply them in a professional setting. Moreover, they will be able to upskill if required to better meet the demands of the labour market.

The program will be administered by delivery organizations. A delivery organization is an independent third party responsible for the delivery of DS4Y who will partner with employers where interns will carry out their internships. Delivery Organizations will ensure that interns gain valuable work experience and have access to training.

DS4Y is part of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES), a horizontal initiative involving federal departments and agencies. YES helps Canadian youth gain the knowledge, skills and work experience they need to prepare for and successfully transition to the labour market.

Program objective

The Government of Canada has developed DS4Y to help recent underemployed post-secondary graduates enhance and develop digital and soft skills through work and training.

DS4Y will create employment opportunities, specifically related to digital skills development, for underemployed youth so that they can improve their employability and receive information they need to make a successful transition into the workplace. Additionally, it will provide training opportunities related to digital and soft skills allowing youth to apply new skills and knowledge during their internship.

Delivery organizations

The following organizations will help deliver the program:

Contact information

For general questions and comments, please contact the Digital Skill for Youth program.

Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1-800-328-6189
Telephone (Ottawa): 613-954-5031
Fax: 343-291-1913
TTY (for hearing-impaired): 1-866-694-8389
By email:
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Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
By mail:
Digital Skills for Youth
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street, 1st floor, West Tower
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5

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