One of Industry Canada's objectives is to promote economic and regional development by ensuring competitive industry and sustainable communities. YI activities contribute directly to achieving this objective by increasing the employability, skills and competencies in ICT among youth in Canada.

NEW 2016-2017 YI WEBPAGE For all the new and latest information on the 2016-2017 YI Initiative visit the new webpage. The Youth Internships (YI) program is a national initiative coordinated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and funded through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).



Review the streams, IHO criteria, eligible activities before taking step 1.
Dates: Now until March 31, 2016.

STEP 1: CAPACITY / STEP 1 Document filled out and submitted. We will have a link to this document on the sidebar.

This information determines your eligibility and capacity as an IHO.

Welcome to the PCNA Youth Initiative 2015 / 2016

Continue to watch for updates here!

NOTE: UPDATE:August 13: The CA is in the mail. New hiring procedure will be posted here, our Facebook group and emailed to past recipients. Look for this update Friday, August 14.

INFORMATION ON REPEAT YI POSITIONS: In exceptional circumstances, an intern may be retained once for a repeat work experience, undertaking more advanced­ level work. Such an arrangement must be approved by the Minister, in writing, prior to the commencement of a second internship.

Success Story Submission Link

The success story submission link for 2015-2016 is located at Please remember to submit a monthly success story.

2015-2016 PIF CHANGES

2015-2016 PIF

PIF or Personal Information File is filled out by the Youth Intern and the Intern Supervisor.

This year the document has some changes so read carefully. This year the Youth Intern submits their portion of the PIF first and then it is sent automatically to the Supervisor to finish. This will give the Supervisor the opportunity to review the Youth Intern information before filling in the final part of the PIF.

IHO (Intern Host Organization) REQUIREMENTS

Requirements (this section will be part of the 2015-2016 Contract):
• Provide interns with the necessary ICT equipment, workplace, workplace-related training and mentoring to fulfill their internship duties and obligations;
• Open, fair and transparent hiring process;
• Provide appropriate administrative support and have capacity to train, orient and mentor the intern to enhance and maximize their experience;


Eligible activities by Youth Interns can include but are not limited to:
• installing and maintaining hardware and software;
• providing network troubleshooting;
• web page maintenance and development;
• updating or creating a website for the IHO;
• helping community members develop their own web pages;
• promoting the awareness of electronic commerce to local small businesses;


NOTE: For 2015-2016 we have minimums for intern positions. The duration of the internship under the CF stream is a MINIMUM 12-week period or a 420 hour internship and up to 640 hours.

The objectives of the Career Focus (CF) stream are to increase the supply of qualified people; to facilitate the transition of young people to a rapidly changing labour market; to promote the benefits of advanced studies; and to demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy.

2015-2016 SWE Stream

NOTE: For 2015-2016 we have minimums for intern positions. A summer internship is expected to last between 6-16 weeks or a 200-650 hours per fiscal year.

We had a number of internships in the past that were under the 200 hour minimum. This creates a lot more paperwork and can lead to lapsed funding.

New for 2015-2016: Minimum 200 hours

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