Thank you for a successful program

$3.4M in wage subsidies disbursed

Over the past three years, the Innovator Skills Initiative Grant Program has helped to provide 897 student job placements across BC, awarding $3.4M in wage subsidies to startups.

This program has helped students to gain critical skills, training and job experience, all while helping companies in BC advance in their businesses.

Some fast stats

Over half of the students placed were hired on permanently:

  • 57% of students were hired on after their placement
  • Of those students not hired, 93% of companies intended to hire if a suitable position became available
  • 21% of all grants were placed outside of the Lower Mainland

Program satisfaction of 96-97%

  • 97% Company satisfaction for the program (rating 7/10+)
  • 96% Student satisfaction for the program (rating 7/10+)

Student skill development

Almost all students acquired new skills through the program

  •  97% of student participants acquired entrepreneurial skills
  •  99% of student participants acquired industry skills
  •  98% of student participants felt they would receive future job opportunities due to the grant
  • 60% of student participants indicated that they’d like to start their own company in the future
  • 95% of student participants plan to stay in BC, post graduation

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Funding announcement for fall 2021

Applications to open Fall 2021

Please visit Innovate BC’s website for updates.

The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation is investing $15 million in the Innovator Skills Initiative program, delivered through B.C.’s Crown agency. As part of this investment, the Innovator Skills Initiative program is being expanded to be more accessible and inclusive.

Updates are coming soon, please visit Innovate BC for information as it becomes available.

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Thank you to Innovate BC and the Province of BC for funding the Innovate BC Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) Program.

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