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Government Launches 2010–2011 Small Business Internship Program

The government has launched the Small Business Internship Program (SBIP). The SBIP helps small and medium-sized businesses across Canada improve their productivity and competitiveness by hiring approximately 400 student interns annually to help with information and communication technology (ICT) projects.

Thanks to the SBIP, Canadian small businesses are able to apply to hire a qualified student intern for a 12-week period to help them with e-commerce ICT projects. The SBIP reimburses up to 75 percent of the eligible salary and benefits costs for each participating small and medium sized business.

The SBIP is a collaborative effort of Canadian small businesses, post-secondary institutions and non-government organizations that offers post-secondary students hands-on experience working on e-commerce projects under the mentorship and coaching of entrepreneurs.

Industry Canada has selected 14 organizations from across Canada as delivery agencies for the SBIP. The delivery agencies will be responsible for selecting businesses to participate in the program.

For more information on the SBIP and its delivery agencies across Canada, visit the SBIP website at
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/sbip-pspe.nsf/eng/h_00010.html