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Talent

We work actively with HR leaders in our community to identify talent challenges and develop initiatives and partnerships to tackle them. Our talent strategy is still in development, but some of our initial initiatives include:

  • Newcomer research to identify our community’s brand from the perspective of candidates, identify challenges in joining our community, and develop a data-driven resource to overcome candidate objections
  • Interviews with HR leaders to identify which talent-related areas to focus on
  • Partnership to update and expand movingtovictoria.com’s resources
  • Creation of a virtual talent fair to attract candidates from across Canada and Candians living abroad and to build our brand presence externally
  • Advocacy and resource sharing of our community’s employment opportunities with external groups

To speak about your organization’s talent needs and how we can help, contact our Community Talent Development Manager at eolynyk@viatec.ca

Employment-Related Funding Opportunities for Tech Employers
in Greater Victoria

Last updated: May 11, 2021

Know of a wage subsidy, grant, or other funding opportunities that aren’t on this list? Found some info that is out of date? Need some help navigating these resources? Contact eolynyk@viatec.ca

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Gov't of Canada logo

What:

40% maximum base subsidy rate, with max 25% top-up for businesses experiencing significant COVID-related revenue decline for Period 10, for other periods, use the calculator (up to 75% for some periods). 

Where to apply:
Government of Canada Application

When:
Retroactive to March 15. 

Details and requirements:
Government of Canada Who can apply

Can it be stacked with other funding?
CEWS can not be stacked with the NRC-IRAP Innovation Assistance Program.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Gov't of Canada logo

What:
Interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000).

Where to apply:
Apply through your financial institution.

When: 
Apply up until Dec 31, 2020.

Details and requirements:
Government of Canada Overview
As of October 26, 2020, eligible Canadian businesses currently operating through a personal bank account will be able to apply for CEBA. 

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Participation in one of these programs will adjust which non-deferrable expenses can be reported:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy,
  • 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy,
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance, Regional Relief and Recovery Fund,
  • Futurpreneur Canada,
  • Northern Business Relief Fund,
  • Fish Harvester Grant,
  • relief measures for Indigenous businesses,
  • $250 million COVID-19 IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program) Subsidy Program, and
  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Temporary Enhancements to the Work-Sharing (WS) Program

Gov't of Canada logo

What:
The temporary changes to the Work-Sharing (WS) program lets successful applicants have employees work an agreed-upon reduced number of hours to share the available workload while allowing them to continue to collect employment insurance (EI). Typically, this is a partnership/agreement between the employer, employees and government where the group of employees reduce their hours the same amount (10%- 60%) and the employer pays for the hours work and government tops some up with EI.

Where to apply:
Government of Canada Application

When: 
Effective until March 14, 2021.

Details and requirements:
Government of Canada Overview

Mentorworks Overview

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Stackable with EI.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Gov't of Canada logo

What:
$40,000+ loan, with streams for rural businesses, women-owned or women-led businesses, other small-medium sized businesses.

Where to apply:
Through your local Community Future’s Office. 

When: 
Ongoing, but subject to fund availability.

Details and requirements:
Government of Canada Eligibility Assistant

Can it be stacked with other funding?
The RRRF is for businesses who haven’t been able to claim other COVID-19 programs. Can not be stacked with CEBA.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Gov't of Canada logo
Magnet
Venture for Canada
Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace
BioTalent
Electricity
Eco-Canada
ICTC/CTIC
TECHNATION

What:
In response to COVID, SWPP coverage is increased to 75% of wages up to a maximum of $7,500.

When:
Rolling applications, internships starting in September, January, May.*

*BioTalent is currently only accepting applications for placements starting before March 2021.

Details, requirements, and where to apply:
SWPP has multiple delivery partners, with different available funding for the program. We suggest you target as many are relevant to your business:

Can it be stacked with other funding?
In short, it depends.

For most SWPP delivery partners, partial government funds from provincial/territorial/municipal sources are permitted but only funds from non-governmental sources can be subsidized under this program (for example, a position paid with 60% provincial grant funding is only eligible for a subsidy on the 40% of the non-governmental funds from the employer).

For the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, BioTalent, Eco Canada, Electricity HR, ICTC - WIL, Venture for Canada and Technation, the funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.

BC Tech Co-op Grants Program

British Columbia/Innovate BC

What:
Up to $5,000 towards a co-op student’s salary, up to 4 co-op students or terms (Max $20,000).

Where to apply:
Innovate BC Application

When: 
The waitlist is currently closed, and new applications aren’t being processed until April 2021 at the earliest. Check the Innovate BC details link to see if the waitlist is opened.

Details and requirements:
Innovate BC Details

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Can be stacked with SWPP funding from: Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, BioTalent, Eco Canada, Electricity HR, ICTC - WIL, Venture for Canada and Technation.

Riipen Level Up Program

riipen

What:
Riipen, a former VIATEC Accelerator participant, is providing this innovative, free, and fully remote internship program. Sponsored by the Government of Canada, Level Up supports businesses and prepares Canadian post-secondary students to thrive in the future of work. Students connect with organizations for short-term, fully-funded projects that help the participating business grow. Unlike other funding programs, the Level Up program pays a stipend directly to the student, saving administrative time and labour for participating employers.

 

Where to apply: 
No application needed, simply get started through: https://www.riipen.com/levelup

 

When:
Ongoing (subject to fund availability).

 

Details and Requirements:
Level UP overview (English)
Level UP Overview (French)

 

Can it be stacked with other funding? 
Yes.

UBC Sauder Masters of Business Analytics Internship Fund

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What:
Need to uncover powerful data insights? Hire a Master of Business Analytics (MBAN) student over the summer! This fund covers $7500 of a Masters of Business Analytics intern’s salary, which means your company only pays $2500 for a 3 month full-time intern.

Where to apply:
MBAN Internship Fund Application

When: 
Applications are now open and are approved on a first come, first served basis. Students are available to work from July 19 - October 8, 2021.

Details and requirements:

  • Startup companies with between 2 and 25 employees with early revenue OR
  • Not-for-profit with proof of charitable status
  • Appropriate real-world analytical problem or challenge that fits the Masters of Business Analytics student skillset
  • Company project manager who understands the scope/needs of the project who will supervise the MBAN student

Can it be stacked with other funding?
No.

Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y)

Innovate BC

What:

Up to $28,000 is available for an intern’s salary and training expenses. Employers must establish an employment contract with interns and they must be paid following a regular payment cycle.

Up to $4,000 can be used for intern training during the internship, and $24,000 can cover up to 100% of the intern’s salary.

Reimbursement will be dispersed midway and at the end of the internship when the required documentation, including intern paystubs, is submitted.

 

Where to apply:

VIATEC Pool - 5 spots

Innovate BC Pool

Career Launcher Pool

 

When:
Career Launcher Stream is re-opened, applications due May 21, 2021

 

Details and requirements:
VIATEC Stream - Closed

Innovate BC Stream

Career Launcher Stream

 

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Yes, provided the organization doesn’t receive in excess of 100% of the intern’s salary. Can not be stacked with EI.

NRC IRAP Innovation
Assistance Program

NRC IRAP Innovation Assistance Program

What:
Up to 80% contribution for T4'd employees, 50% for contractors for technological innovation projects. Must be a Canadian, incorporated, for profit business with less than 500 employees.

Where to apply:
Call 1-877-994-4727 to find a Client Engagement Advisor in your area.

When:
Ongoing, although funding pool decreases throughout the government fiscal year (fiscal year end is March). 

Details and requirements:
NRC IRAP About Page

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Yes, the non-IRAP funded portion.

NRC IRAP Youth Employment Program

NRC IRAP Innovation Assistance Program

What:
Up to 100% to hire a post-secondary graduate ages 15-30, typically $20-$30K. Must be a Canadian, incorporated, for profit business with less than 500 employees.

Where to apply:
Call 1-877-994-4727 to find a Client Engagement Advisor in your area.

When:
Ongoing, although funding pool decreases throughout the government fiscal year (fiscal year end is March).

Details and requirements:
NRC IRAP Youth Employment Program About Page
Guides.co Breakdown

Can it be stacked with other funding?
No.

Mitacs Accelerate BC

Mitacs Accelerate BC

What:
$7,500 (50%) of a graduate’s salary for a 4-month research term with your company. Expedited approval process for COVID-19 research projects, for COVID-19 projects, funding is $15,000 (75%).

Where to apply:
Mitacs Proposal Submission

When:
Ongoing, minimum 4-month projects.

Details and requirements:
Mitacs Details
Additional COVID Funding Announcement

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Yes. Partner organizations are welcome to contribute additional funding but Mitacs will not provide any additional funding outside of the standard award. This additional partner funding should be included in the application budget and the anticipated use of funds (e.g. stipend/salary top-up, specialized equipment).

Get Youth Working

Get Youth Working

What:
$2,800 hiring incentive to hire eligible youth 17 to 29 years of age, as well as a $1,000 training fund for the newly hired youth. Youth must not be a full-time student.

Where to apply:
Get Youth Working Application

When:
Ongoing. Positions must be at least 3 months long, preference given to positions over 6 months long.

Employers will NOT qualify if the employee is hired prior to signing the Get Youth Working Funding Agreement.

Details and requirements:
Get Youth Working Program Details
Get Youth Working Youth Eligibility Requirements

Can it be stacked with other funding?
The Youth can not be participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program (excluding WorkBC).

New Ventures BC ISI Grant

New Ventures BC ISI Grant

What:
Up to $10,000 a year to BC-based companies to hire non-co-op post secondary students.

Where to apply:
ISI Application Portal

When:
Terms start in May and September. Waitlist currently closed. Check the details link to see when the waitlist reopens.

Details and requirements:
New Ventures BC ISI Details

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Yes, as long as the total doesn’t exceed the student’s salary.

Career Launcher Internships

Career Launcher

What:
Up to $30,000 for salary and training expenses for an intern (student or graduate).

Where to apply:
Career Launcher Application

When:
Ongoing.

Details and requirements:
Career Launcher Employer Details

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Unclear.

Clean Leadership Professional
Internship Program

Clean

What:
50% wage subsidy up to $15,000 to hire graduates in the environmental sector.

Where to apply:
Clean Employer Application

When:
Closed for 2021/2022 Season. Waitlist is still open.

Details and requirements:
Career Launcher Employer Details

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Unclear.

BC Employer Training Grant Program

Work BC

What:
Reimbursements of 60-100% for eligible training costs to upskill employees.

Where to apply:
Skills Training Grants Application System

When:
Ongoing.

Details and requirements:
Career Launcher Employer Details

Can it be stacked with other funding?
Applicants may not receive funding from another government program that duplicates the costs requested through the ETG. For the streams where employers are required to contribute funds, employers may seek funding from other sources to cover their contribution.

COVID Resources

We have done our best to sort through ALL the COVID-19 related information and compile what you need to know as a tech company. We've also added some of our own helpful resources to help you make decisions, get back to the office and more.

Click here to read more.

2019/2020 Annual Report

A LOT has happened since April 2019! Click here to download VIATEC's Annual Report, jam-packed with a ton of great info and stats. Trust us, we dust the "dull" off our Annual Reports and actually make them fun!

Industry Studies

Economic Impact of the Technology Sector in Greater Victoria - October 2018

The technology sector in Greater Victoria contributes significantly to employment and
economic output in both the local community, as well as throughout the Province of
British Columbia. Growth in revenue and the number of technology firms for Greater
Victoria outpaces the national average. We look forward to conducting another Economic Impact Study very soon.

Click here to download

Industry Reports

Impacts of The COVID-19 Response on Victoria's Tech Sector so far - June 2020

With 88 member responses, this includes a good cross section of our most promising startups and our more established anchor tech companies.

Compared to other sectors, our local tech companies fared quite well and, as always, they are optimistic about their ability to recover and grow going forward. As is to be expected, some companies are struggling and may not survive.

Included in the Survey:
Revenue impacts, productivity levels, staff level changes, future remote work plans, positive aspects, concerns and more.

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