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BioReady Paid Internship Program - Wage Subsidies

The 2017-2018 BioReady™ Paid Internship Program is now accepting applicants.

The BioReady™ Paid Internship Program is an initiative that helps internationally educated professionals (IEPs) better integrate into the Canadian bio-economy by gaining valuable work experience. The program provides up to a maximum of $11,500 towards a salary as an incentive for bio-economy employers to hire, accommodate and train an IEPs.

The BioReady™ Paid Internship Program gives employers the freedom to:

  • Meet their staffing needs with less financial risk
  • Access a pool of highly skilled workers eager to utilize their skills
  • Develop a culture of diversity and inclusion within their business

Long track record of success:

BioTalent Canada launched the BioSkills Recognition Program to help individuals have their credentials validated to better position them to find work in their areas of expertise.

IEPs who register are guided through the process of creating an online skills portfolio, with the ability to translate expertise acquired through previous non-biotechnology work (e.g., medicine, pharmacy, nursing, etc.) into skills applicable to the Canadian bio-economy.

A BioReady Review Board of industry experts assess each portfolio and designates qualified IEPs ‘BioReady™’, verifying them as having all the skills and experience to work in Canada’s bio-economy.

From July 2015 to February 2017, BioTalent Canada’s BioSkills Recognition Program designated 256 IEPs as BioReady™, verifying them as having all the skills and experience to work in Canada’s bio-economy.

BioTalent Canada has a long track record of successful implementation of federal wage-subsidy programs, helping new talent gain employment in biotech and assisting companies in offsetting the costs of hiring.

Since 2013, BioTalent Canada has helped 168 biotechnology companies hire over 550 new graduates through Career Focus, another wage subsidy program geared toward new graduates.  It expects similar success with the BioReady™ Paid Internship Program.

Ask yourself, what could your company achieve with a $11,500 wage subsidy?

Program description:

According to BioTalent Canada’s labour market report, Paving the Way, over half (56.8%) of the internationally educated professionals (IEPs) who participated in the industry-skills validation program, BioSkills Recognition, reported having worked in biotechnology prior to immigrating to Canada, with two-thirds (67.6%) holding at least a master's degree.

The report also noted that finding work in one’s field and a lack of Canadian job experience are the two top challenges faced by IEPs with 52% and 47% reporting these barriers respectively

The BioReady™ Paid Internship Program addresses these issues directly, alleviating the low employment of persons with disabilities in biotech by introducing a wage subsidy to off-set the start-up costs of orientation, integration, skills development and accommodations.

To help mitigate this problem, the BioReady™ Paid Internship Program is a two-step process to minimize the perceived risk to biotechnology companies hiring an IEP.  Bio-economy organizations will have access to pre-screened BioReady™ candidates that have been validated and certified job-ready by experts in the field.  To further decrease the apparent gamble of hiring newcomers lacking Canadian experience, bio-economy employers can recover the cost of a BioReady™ certified IEP’s salary by 50% to a maximum of $11,500/year.

Is your company eligible?

Any Canadian biotechnology company in the private sector needing to fill a position within their company that matches one of the 32 industry-approved skills profiles, listed in the BioSkills Recognition Program, can apply. Eligible placements may involve research, animal care or some other combination of business and science skills—and may cover the full spectrum of jobs from manufacturing and production to product commercialization, quality control/assurance, sales, regulatory affairs, biosafety and more.

Employer terms and conditions: 

  1. The company must enter into a Placement Contract with BioTalent Canada before the participant’s employment starts;
  2. The wages for the position must not be funded by another federally funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc.;
  3. The company will provide proof of employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to BioTalent Canada;
  4. The company must provide a full-time work opportunity (at least 30 hours per week) for a minimum of 6 months;
  5. The company will remunerate the balance of the participant’s wages not paid by BioTalent Canada, proof of which is to be provided to BioTalent Canada during the participant’s placement and after the participant has been paid;
  6. The company will l not recruit and retain friends or family members as participants to the program;
  7. The company will develop a learning plan with the participant;

Participant placements:

  1. Existing employees of the employer are not eligible;
  2. The company must enter into a Placement Contract with BioTalent Canada before the participant’s employment starts.

Employer application process:

  1. Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above;
  2. Complete an Employer Application Checklist (included in the application package below) and submit it along with a brief company description, and intended participant’s position description to one of the options on the form;
  3. Have candidate complete the 2017-18 Participant Information Form (PIF);
  4. If you already have a participant in mind, please include the participant information form, participant’s resume and a copy of the participant’s degree/diploma or certificate, if available. If submitting electronically, please do not include the participant’s date of birth and Social Insurance Number;
  5. If you need to fill a position, you can post your job opening on BioTalent Canada's PetriDish™ job board. To connect you with a job seeker, you can also contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or mcarr@biotalent.ca, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or chayes@biotalent.ca;
  6. The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days;
  7. For information regarding criteria for eligible jobseekers, please visit the participant information web page

Download your Employer Application Package


  1. A formal learning plan must be submitted before the placement begins but does not have to be submitted with the initial application;
  2. If you do not already have a BioReady™ candidate in mind, you may also browse The PetriDish™ for qualified candidates;
  3. If your application is accepted into the BioReady Paid Internship Program, and a match with a participant is made, BioTalent Canada will draft a “Placement Contribution Agreement” to be signed by both the employer and BioTalent Canada. You must also agree to provide all required documentation and reporting as required by the program;
  4. If, for any reason, a participant leaves the employment of the employer, the employer must immediately provide BioTalent Canada with a written notice regarding the termination/withdrawal;
  5. BioTalent Canada assumes no legal responsibility towards companies seeking subsidies or towards program applicants;
  6. BioTalent Canada assumes no legal responsibility towards applicants or companies seeking subsidies. For further information, please contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or mcarr@biotalent.ca, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or chayes@biotalent.ca.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program