Innovate BC is pleased to offer the Innovator Skills Initiative program and Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program. 

To register for the Innovator Skills Initiative program or DS4Y program, please create an account and begin an application by clicking on the "Programs" tab above. You can save your progress at any point and return to the application at your convenience. Please make sure to select the correct program to ensure timely review. 

Innovator Skills Initiative program  

The Innovator Skills Initiative program has been expanded to make a positive impact on the B.C. economy, particularly for people that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The Innovator Skills Initiative program will help create a more diverse tech sector and, with talent shortages filled, B.C. businesses will have the opportunity to expand and grow. 

The Innovator Skills Initiative program aims to help under-represented people get their first job in the tech sector by ensuring placements for under-represented people are available in the tech sector. A key priority of the program will be supporting more Indigenous placements.

To view more information, including eligibility requirements, visit the Innovate BC webpage and read the Program Guidelines.  

Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) Program

Thank you for your interest in the Digital Skills for Youth Program. Currently this program is not accepting new applications.

Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y), a program funded by the Federal Government of Canada through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), aims to match underemployed youth with small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and not-for-profit organizations to provide meaningful work experience to support their successful transition to career-oriented employment in the digital economy. 

To view more information, including eligibility requirements, visit the Innovate BC webpage and read the Program Rules.  

We are here to help 

Should you have any questions about the program or process, please contact us at programs@innovatebc.ca and include the program name (Innovator Skills Initiative, DS4Y or B.C. Fast Pilot Y4) in the email subject. 


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