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Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP)

General information
Name of transfer payment program Science and Technology Internship Program (Voted)
Start date 1997
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2017-18
Strategic Outcome Natural Resources Sectors and Consumers are Environmentally Responsible.
Link to the department’s Program Alignment Architecture 2.2 – Technology Innovation > 2.2.3 Clean Energy Science and Technology
Description The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is focused on helping young people aged 15-30 to gain the skills and experience required to make a successful transition into the workforce. Employment and Social Development Canada leads YES, which includes NRCan and 10 other departments and agencies. Since 1997, NRCan has contributed to the YES through STIP, which supports the integration of postsecondary graduates into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in the natural resources sectors. Starting in 2017-18, NRCan is using a third party delivery model to provide wage subsidies for internships through contribution agreements with external funding organizations. These organizations take responsibility for delivering the internships and partner with hiring organizations that host the interns. This program supports the Minister’s commitment to assist in the development and promotion of Canadian scientific and technological capabilities, and to address labour shortages in the STEM fields.
Results achieved Of the 1200 internships announced in Budget 2017, the program delivered 550 internships in STEM fields in the natural resources sectors and met its 2017-2018 target.
Comments on variances The variance is related to receipt of $7,000,000 in supplementary estimates A and $36,500 in supplementary estimates B, in addition to the A-Base of $558,000.
Audits completed or planned A preliminary internal audit of grants and contributions was conducted in March 2017 and concluded that no further audit was recommended.  
Evaluations completed or planned An evaluation of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) was completed in 2015. STIP falls under YES.
Engagement of applicants and recipients STIP has engaged the general public through: an updated website; a social media campaign that highlighted the program announcement and 3 short animated videos focused on an overview of the program and benefits to employers and interns; the filming of three testimonial videos that feature interns and employers perspectives; and the distribution of promotional postcards in English, French and Inuktitut.

STIP has also conducted some targeted engagement in Nunavut to promote the program to youth and northern employers, and collaborated with Employment and Social Development Canada to host two engagement sessions with youth in Vancouver on Youth Employment in Canada and Youth Employment in the natural resources sectors.
Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015‑16 Actual spending 2016‑17 Actual spending 2017‑18 Planned spending 2017‑18 Total authorities available for use 2017‑18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017‑18 actual minus 2017‑18 planned)
Total grants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total contributions  551,349  1,615,265  558,000  7,594,500  7,594,026  7,036,026
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 551,349 1,615,265 558,000 7,594,500 7,594,026 7,036,026

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