ImpAct Internships

Create impactful work opportunities and contribute to Canada’s 2030 SDG Agenda!

Support Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) efforts! Create an SDG ambassador in your community by hiring an intern. You can get up to $10,000 towards their salary expenses.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of 17 SDGs with a commitment to leave no one behind. Along with 192 United Nations Member States, Canada adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Youth in Canada can help you and your team advance meaningful SDG-aligned initiatives while they gain critical skills for the 21st century to build a better future.

Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and part of CICan’s ImpAct initiative, these internships aim to advance meaningful SDG-aligned initiatives in our communities while providing Canadian youth critical skills for the 21st century.

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What you need to know


Up to $10,000 is available for up to 100% of an intern’s salary. Employers must establish an employment contract with interns and they must be paid following a regular payment cycle.

Reimbursement will be dispersed midway and at the end of the internship when the required documentation, including intern paystubs, is submitted.

Eligible employers

Eligible employers must demonstrate that they are committed to meaningfully responding to a minimum of three Canadian SDG ambitions identified in the 2030 National Strategy. They must also demonstrate that they would like to create an innovative and responsive WIL opportunity for one or more youth.

They must have an established payroll system, be set up to receive payments by direct deposit, have a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and be a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

  • Post-secondary education institution
  • Indigenous organization or association
  • Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees
  • Large corporation, more than 500 employees
  • Non-government organization (NGO)
  • Not-for-profit organization
  • Municipal or local government
  • Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation

Eligible internships

Eligible internships are:

  • up to six months
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Explicitly advance three or more SDGs

Examples of activities that youth can do to help advance the SDGs:

  • Organize a youth-led food drive
  • Educate others on healthy food, diversity and inclusion, importance of vaccinations, protective hygiene practices for a specific demographic
  • Plan and implement an energy or water conservation or ‘buy local’ campaign
  • Develop a campaign for alternatives to single occupancy vehicles
  • Audit local cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
  • Organize healthy outdoor activities that reduce air pollution while increasing physical activity
  • Create and implement activities to reduce land and water pollution
  • Advocate for and plant trees in urban areas
  • Develop a business plan that offers sustainable products and services
  • Conduct research on ethical supply chains
  • Develop and implement branding strategies, digital marketing tools, and/or social media campaigns on sustainable agriculture

Eligible Interns

Eligible interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate for up to 6 months, in a full-time or part-time capacity

Cannot be:

  • Employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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I would highly recommend employers take part in this program. Youth are tapped into the SDGs and have the knowledge and technical skills that are very valuable to organizations to advance and raise awareness about the goals. There are many young people eager for meaningful work experience and this initiative is a great way for them to get a foot in the door.

Brittney Potvin
Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC)

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