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Youth Effect company applications are open until February 28th.


If you are a northwestern Ontario business or non-profit looking to hire for an innovative project this summer, you may qualify for Youth Effect. Visit the link for more details https://nwoinnovation.ca/youtheffect

What is Youth Effect?

The Youth Effect program aims to provide youth (18-29) with experiential learning and training with local businesses and focuses on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Northwestern Ontario. Youth will be carefully selected and matched with a local business based on interest, skill, and need. They will work together over the course of 15 weeks (May 1, 2023 - August 11, 2023) on a clearly identified innovative project and achieve milestones.

The Youth Effect program is not like other placement programs. It not only provides real-life job skills for the youth, but provides them with innovation training,  mentorship, a leadership retreat, and a peer network for those showing a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, there’s value to the participating businesses, through innovation training and the ability to access the skills and energy of the youth to complete a defined innovative project, the business will be better positioned to grow!

Program Details

  • Youth are paid $18 per hour plus a wage top-up upon successful completion of the program (up to $2/hr)
  • Businesses contribute $1000 + hst and mandatory employment-related costs as part of the program
  • The program will run for 15 weeks

Areas of Focus

Experiential Learning
for the Youth
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Training for the Youth
and the Business
Business Growth for
the Company



Previously Taken Part in Youth Effect?

  • We are now accepting applications from companies that have previously participated in the program 
  • Please note you must apply with a new project different from your previous project 

Company Eligibility

  • Have an innovative project
  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • At least one full-time employee
  • Must be a small-medium sized business, not a retailer or reseller

    • Retailers may be considered if they have a scalable and innovative project where they are developing a new product or process.

  • Can be for-profit or non-for-profit
  • Ability to pay necessary employer contributions (CPP/EI)
  • Willing to be available and commit to the full 15-week program
  • The position must be new to the youth.
  • Company Applications will be open January 13 -  February 28, 2023

Youth Eligibility

  • Between the ages of 18-29
  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career
  • Not related to the company applicant 
  • Able to commit to full-time hours and participate in the full 15-week program
  • Youth applications will be open March 10 - 31, 2023

 For more information please contact:

Carole Long


[email protected]

The NOIC is a non-profit organization established to promote job growth by supporting entrepreneurs and established companies to grow their business. We aim to contribute long-term economic growth to Thunder Bay and the Northwestern Ontario region by creating favourable economic conditions for technology transfer to industry through the development and commercialization of innovative companies by encouraging the ongoing co-operation between business, education and government.

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