Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y)


Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) is a new internship opportunity for youth delivered by the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour (AESL) with funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

The program connects unemployed / underemployed post-secondary graduates, the intern, to employment that allows youth to participate in an internship opportunity and acquire technical and soft skills using digital technologies.

DS4Y is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), that provides Canadian youth with the tools and experience they need to launch successful careers.


Eligibility for Employers

  • Private or non-profit sector employers that are incorporated or sole proprietorships, and have fewer than 500 employees
  • If incorporated be in good standing with the Company and Deeds Online (CADO)
  • Have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Business Number
  • Have an office location/base in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Federal and provincial government departments, crown agencies and corporations, boards and commissions, municipalities and political parties are not eligible for funding

Employers must be able to provide employment opportunities related to digital activities and skills, and have the appropriate administrative support and capacity to train and mentor the intern to enhance and maximize their experience.

If approved to hire an intern under DS4Y the employer will commence the hiring process and may employ an intern. The employer must advertise the internship externally and ensure advertisement outlines the position is being funded by the Government of Canada in partnership with AESL. Interns hired under DS4Y may participate in training to enhance digital skills and soft skills as required for the position.

Eligibility for Interns

  • Be 30 years or younger at the start of the internship
  • Be a post-secondary graduate, meaning obtained a degree, diploma or certificate
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status
  • Be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance or Workplace NL benefits during their internship
  • Self-assess as unemployed or underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment (20 hours a less a week)
  • Not be an immediate family member of the employer or any relative permanently residing with the employer

Eligible Activities

Activities can include but are not limited to:

  • Software and video game development
  • Coding and app development
  • Network troubleshooting
  • Adaptive technologies
  • Website development
  • Web-enabled learning
  • Social media campaigns and other content development


Duration of employment may vary. The hours shall be a minimum of 25 hours per week to a maximum of 40 hours per week. All internships must finish on or before March 31, 2020 and provide a minimum of eight weeks experience.

How to apply?

  • Employers must first register in LaMPSS and apply online. After registering, a password and user ID is provided
  • If you are already a registered LaMPSS user, go to How to Apply for Funding and submit your application online
  • Before applying, review the Guidelines and Requirements. This document will guide you on how to complete the application, and provide the eligibility and information requirements
  • Read the Terms And Conditions
  • A Job Description outlining the job title, duties, hourly rate of pay and hours of work a week must be included as part of the online application in LaMPSS.
  • Employers can check the progress of their application by logging into LaMPSS and viewing the agreement status
  • One intern per application; more than one intern per employer may be considered based on budget availability, circumstance and ensuring a fair and equitable distribution of funds under the program
  • Applicants will be notified by the department after a decision is made on their application
  • Official approval will be the approval letter from the department outlining the number of positions, hours per week and number of weeks approved, regardless of what is requested at time of application
  • If approved, employers must provide to the department, the name of the intern that will be hired within 21 calendar days of the approval date, along with a completed Participant Information Form to confirm eligibility of the participant and meet accountability and reporting as required by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).


Maximum overall funding for an intern is $15,000 including wage subsidy and training costs.

  • For Profit – 50 per cent wage subsidy including benefits and training
  • Not-for-Profit – 75 per cent wage subsidy including benefits and training

Training costs are up to $4,000 per intern for Digital Skills training; employer is not required to contribute towards the cost of training. Training must be done through an external training provider.


Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis until program funds are fully committed. Incomplete applications will result in delays.

Contact Information
Call: 1-800-563-6600
TTY: 1-866-729-4685