Digital Internships Wage Subsidy Program

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Are you a tech employer interested in hiring Northern Manitoban youth?

Do you want to help a remote intern gain valuable work experience?

Would you like to access a wage subsidy for each eligible hire?


Through the Government of Manitoba’s First Jobs Fund, New Media Manitoba (NMM) has received funding to support internships of Northern Manitoban youth. This initiative provides work experience to youth who face barriers to employment and supports employers on expanding their workforce.

Eligible Manitoban employers will receive a wage subsidy for each eligible intern’s wage expenses for a negotiated percentage of the Manitoba minimum wage rate until March 31, 2024. Employers can apply for multiple interns if there feel they can offer a valuable experience to each.

New Media Manitoba will accept multiple applications per company or before the program completes on March 31, 2024, but applicants are encouraged to include all planned activities in one application. 

Work Experience Placements Requirements:

  • Each position must provide minimum of seven (7) hours of employment/week and at least 150 hours of TOTAL employment within the contract dates;
  • Organizations must provide NMM with the job posting / position description;
  • Organizations will recruit employers to participate in the program based on the employers’ ability to provide work experience opportunities for youth.
    • Employers must provide interns with ongoing performance feedback and an end-of-term evaluation.

Interns will be working remotely from Northern Manitoba and the expectation is that interns that are a fit will continue full time work with the company after the internship ends.

Candidate Eligibility

To be eligible, interns must: 

  • Be age 15-29 during the internship period;
  • Be new to this type of role1-guideline;
  • Be a new employee of the company (i.e. has not worked for the company previously);
  • Work full-time with the company (sales agents, external consultants, etc. are ineligible); 
  • Be hired to work remotely from Northern Manitoba for the duration of the internship2-guideline
  • Be Canadian citizens, landed immigrants / permanent residents or have a valid work permit; and
  • Be Manitoba residents.

NMM and the Government of Manitoba are committed to advancing Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action through this program and encourage employers to consider Indigenous candidates for these internships. NMM is working with the Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) to attract Northern Manitoban youth and Indigenous youth to apply.

Employer Eligibility

  • Manitoban employer (incorporated in Manitoba, or incorporated federally with headquarters in Manitoba).
  • Registered private businesses, registered not-for-profit youth-serving organizations, non-governmental organizations, municipal governments, schools and school divisions, educational institutions, and hospitals.
  • Federal and Provincial government departments, agencies and Crown corporations are NOT eligible.
  • Able and willing to meet requirements included in the program guidelines, including providing a job posting / position description, check-ins, and sharing of information for reporting.
  • Available cashflow to cover the full interns’ payroll until the wage subsidy reimbursement, approximately one month after submission to NMM.

See the full guidelines here.

Apply now by filling out this application form and emailing it to [email protected].

Interested candidates can view available job postings here.

New Media Manitoba (NMM) is the non-profit association dedicated to supporting Manitoba’s interactive digital media sector. NMM fosters growth in the IDM industry through education and skills training, creating IDM workforce awareness through collaboration with K12 through post secondary, business development and market access support, emerging talent and employment diversity programs, networking and expert-led events, and government advocacy work.

NMM partners with other organizations to increase the effectiveness of our initiatives. 

For this project, NMM is working with the Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF), a Provincial Crown Corporation that has operated in northern Manitoba since 1973.  In March 2019, CEDF received its new mandate from the Province as the regional economic development partner for Northern Manitoba. CEDF will:

  • Lead implementation of the Look North Report & Action Plan.
  • Coordinate economic development services for northern companies and entrepreneurs, in collaboration with other organizations providing business support in the region, to avoid duplication and create clear pathways for companies.
  • Collaborate with Economic Development, Investment & Trade and engage with northern communities, Indigenous communities, businesses, training providers and other stakeholders to advance initiatives that:
  • grow local companies and industries;
  • create jobs;
  • attract talent and investment; and
  • increase the economic competitiveness and prosperity of Northern Manitoba.

For questions about this program, please contact Corinne Gusnoski, Business Development Manager at NMM.

Funding Provided by:
The Manitoba Government

New Media Manitoba