Top 5 Things to Know About the Digital Skills for Youth Program

Blog October 29, 2020

Posted by Alex Goodhew

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The new Innovate BC Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program is currently open so that BC-based employers can hire and train youth in digital skill sets so that they can successfully transition to the workforce​

We’ve collected some commonly asked questions regarding the program:

Who is eligible?

BC-based companies with less than 500 employees, with no other DS4Y funding approved yet

What are the job placement requirements?

The candidate hired must be a post-secondary graduate between the age of 15-30 who can legally work in Canada and self-assessed as underemployed prior to the placement. The role you hire for must also be considered a digital role.

How is “digital role” defined

The role could be in AI, Automation, Big Data, Digital Marketing, Programming/Coding, Cybersecurity, UX/UI, AR/VR and 3D printing

How much funding can I apply for?

You can apply for up to $26,000. $17,000 for Salary/MERC, up to $4,000 to cover digital skills training, and up to $6,000 in capital/direct costs

How to Apply

You can apply now using this link. Make sure in your application to note AO as the Program Partner you were referred from.

Want to learn more about the program? Visit Innovate BC’s website here.

Have questions for the Accelerate Okanagan team? Connect with our Community Manager Alex Goodhew at

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