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The Career Ready Program is delivered by TECHNATION Canada (formerly the Information Technology Association of Canada) - the industry-government nexus for technological prosperity in Canada.

We provide wage subsidies of up to $7000.00 per student work-term placement to companies (non-profit and private) who hire students for tech-immersive roles. Students can be from any academic discipline, including Arts and Humanities.

Visit www.itac-careerready.smapply.io today to register and receive a pre-approval certificate!TECHNATION_Career_Ready_2.PNG

Who qualifies?

Registered Canadian businesses/organizations who are providing meaningful work experiences to students that build technology capacity.

Requirements for students:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
  • Recognized as full-time in an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution

What are some examples of eligible roles?

Arts & Interdisciplinary

Business & Technology Management

  • Graphic Arts, UX and Design
  • Business Analysts
  • Architecture
  • Project Management
  • Creative Communications
  • Digital Marketing
  • Archaeology
  • Social Media & Communications Management
  • Education / Training / Learning Development

Computer Science & Engineering

Computer Systems Technology

  • Software and hardware developer
  • Technical Support
  • Systems designer
  • Network Administration
  • Technical support analysis
  • Help desk Support
  • Computer/data analyst
  • Internet Resource Management
  • Computer programmer
  • Database Management
  • AI (Artificial Intelligence)
  • Cyber security

How do I find a student?

  • Reach out to the co-op or career services department at post-secondary institutions in your region; they are happy to make new connections with industry professionals and can help match you with student talent
  • Use traditional recruitment methods to attract students, i.e. post a co-op/internship position on your favourite job board(s).
  • Use the Campus Connect portal to broadcast your job description to multiple schools in your region; ensure to select the Information Technology Association of Canada to affiliate with us under Funding Programs;


How much can I earn?

Wage subsidies of up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement)  up to 70% (max $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students; women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities, newcomers and students participating in coop for the first time.

Each placement period lasts 4 months. You can apply for additional funding if you wish to employ the student longer than this period!

Additional information

Visit www.itactalent.ca/careerready for additional resources including a program FAQ.

If you have any further questions, reach out to careerready@itac.ca.


  • Shauna Tonsaker – Simon Fraser University (U)
  • Kitty Runstedler – Conestoga College (C)

2019 Webinar: The ITAC Career Ready Program

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Click here for program one pager


2017 Webinar: Information technology Association of Canada