Discover more stories about Mitacs — and the game-changing innovations driven by students and postdocs.
Toronto, ON — The Ontario government is providing over $10 million to help Mitacs — an organization that builds research partnerships between postsecondary institutions and industry — create 2,700 paid internships for postsecondary students which will help them gain the skills they need to secure in-demand jobs after graduation. This latest investment supports high- quality research in the province and demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to experiential learning.
“We are proud to support high-quality research internships to help provide the next generation of talent with the real-world experience they need to get good jobs after graduation, and help businesses address their talent and research needs,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “This support for innovative, hands-on learning, and the efforts of employers, students and postsecondary education institutions to expand opportunities, has made Ontario a national leader in experiential learning.”
Through partnerships with Mitacs, the government is continuing to fund thousands of research internships for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. These internships range widely in discipline, with support for key provincial priorities like critical minerals, manufacturing, and health care.
For example, interns with the University of Toronto recently worked on a project with local start- up Quantum Bridge Technologies that focused on building a faster, more secure internet for everyday communication and commerce.
Ontario’s latest funding for Mitacs builds on the government’s ongoing efforts to help advance Ontario made research and innovation at postsecondary institutions across the province and helps position businesses and students for success.
John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs
“Mitacs is a proud partner of the Government of Ontario. Together, we are building innovative partnerships that drive cutting-edge innovation and create job opportunities for students and postdocs across the province. Through the investment announced today, we will be able to help match more top talent to industry, improve productivity and drive economic growth.”
Nina Mistry, Past intern, Queen’s University
“My Mitacs internship, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, enabled me to do critical background research to support my goal of developing a mobile self-therapy tool for survivors of sexual assault. Thanks to the generous support I received, I was able to determine the main symptoms and conditions survivors face as well as gain an understanding of exercises, tools, and techniques used by psychologists to help survivors. I have no doubt that the funding announced today will go a long way in helping other Ontario students and postdocs pursue their innovative ideas.”