Program Description

The DS4Y program is a national initiative coordinated by Industry Canada through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy overseen by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Youth internships at Intern Host Organizations help Canada create jobs and other social, educational and economic benefits associated with the expanded use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The DS4Y program is integral to the Youth Employment Strategy, with ICT-related not-for-profit organizations and small businesses, providing job opportunities for over 1,000 young Canadians each year.

The DS4Y program is intended to provide Canadian youth with work experience and ICT skills to make them more productive and competitive in the knowledge economy and to encourage not-for-profit groups and businesses with up to 100 employees across Canada to develop and use ICT in their organizations.

The objectives of Digital Skills for Youth are

  • to assist more young people in gaining the skills and experience needed to successfully transition into, and remain in, the labour force; and
  • to encourage not-for-profit organizations across Canada to develop and apply ICT-related skills, knowledge and opportunities by helping them to create internship opportunities.

Youth interns work at community access sites across Canada helping individuals, community organizations and small businesses improve their knowledge and effective use of the Internet and related information technologies.

Intern Host Organizations Criteria