Two funding programs, the OCE TalentEdge and AIME, are from two different institutions that target hiring and training. They are not new programs but have been re-funded with the goal of supporting Ontario’s work force, both existing and new grads.

OCE TalentEdge

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) TalentEdge Internship Program provides funding for current college and university students, and recent Masters graduates, to work on industry-driven R&D projects. Ontario SMEs that hire qualifying individuals to work on their innovation challenges can receive $10,000 per student per 4-month term, to fund student wages and other project costs. OCE TalentEdge is now accepting applications for these internships under the following streams:

Data Analytics and Blockchain: application of blockchain technology, advanced analytics and smart computing technologies and techniques to large and/or diverse data sets. Preference will be given to projects in the following areas: healthcare, finance, cybersecurity, smart cities, water conservation and management, energy monitoring and management, mining, advanced manufacturing, and digital media.

– Next Generation Networks: development and implementation of ultra-high-speed digital infrastructure technologies and services.
– Autonomous Vehicle Innovation: solving industry problems related to Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies. Applications are being accepted at any time and must be processed before the project begins.

Yves Landry AIME

The Yves Landry Foundation has established the AIME (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence) global initiative to support southern Ontario manufacturers that undertake training and skills-upgrade activities which will support innovation at their manufacturing facilities. This program has recently received a re-investment of funds from FedDev Ontario and reopened for applications. Now eligible manufacturers can receive up to $100,000 to cover up to 50% of internal or external training costs for developing new engineering skills, learning to use new software/hardware/tools, or adopting/adapting new technologies or manufacturing methods. Eligible applicants must have been in business for at least 3 years and have between 10-1000 employees in Southern Ontario. Apply now before funding runs out again!

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