About SBIP

Latest News: We are happy to announce that new funding for SMEs has been made available for hiring post-secondary graduates. The application form is located under “Applications” in the menu on the top.

The Small Business Internship Program (SBIP) is a funding opportunity, providing small and medium-sized businesses (< 500 employees) financial support to hire a post-secondary student intern to assist them in their adoption of information and communications technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness.

This year’s program is running from April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011. The Small Business Internship Program is a collaborative effort with Canadian small businesses, post-secondary institutions, and non-government organizations that offer promising post-secondary students hands-on experience working on e-commerce projects under the mentorship and coaching of entrepreneurs. Student interns will gain an appreciation of entrepreneurship, and an opportunity to explore career possibilities.


  • Help small and medium-sized businesses become more productive and competitive by adopting e-commerce practices.
  • Encourage small and medium-sized business to employ and mentor youth by assisting the companies with the financial compensation, reimbursing 75% of the student’s salary.
  • Help youth fund their post-secondary education while bridging their academic knowledge with practical work experience.
View some of the small and medium- sized companies that have improved their productivity though this program.
To apply:
Please review the application process along with the Eligibility before submitting your application.

business team with young entrepreneur