For Ontario Businesses and Nonprofits

Ontario’s brightest talent is ready to work on your projects

80-hour long (over 2-8 weeks) remote student internships at no cost to Ontario employers.

Advance Ontario is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Most Ontario employers are already eligible

  • ✅ A registered Canadian business based in Ontario. This includes for-profit or not-for-profit corporation, municipality, hospital or foundation.

Educational partners

Government funded. No paperwork.

Government funded. No paperwork.

Advance Ontario projects are fully-subsidized, 80-hour (over 2-8 weeks), project-based remote internships.

Turn your business challenges into projects

Use our built-in template library, have AI write you a draft, or start from scratch to create a project brief that will appeal to students.

100% remote

All Advance Ontario projects can be completed 100% remotely. Plus, you can integrate Google Meet or Zoom  to your Riipen account to work with students from across the province.

Test drive talent

Meet diverse local and international soon-to-be graduates who can bring new ideas and specialist skills to your business. After the project, choose to hire the top performing students with no fees or hidden costs.

Track progress

Review student applications to your project, track project progress, and get reminders on milestones through the Advance Ontario experience. It’s your important documents, communications, and deadlines in one place.

You click approve, Riipen handles payment

Your student collaborator will receive a $1,400 stipend once the project is completed, paid by Riipen and powered by Tipalti. All you have to do is mark the project complete, and provide feedback for their work –all in our easy-to-use platform.

The Advance Ontario difference

Track progress

Track project progress and get reminders on major project milestones through the Level UP portal. Keep track of important documents and communications all in one place.

100% remote

Struggling with a lack of local talent? All Level UP projects can be completed 100% remotely. Riipen supports Google Meet and Zoom integration, so you can work with students anywhere in Canada.

Test drive talent

Level UP is your chance to work with soon-to-be graduates who can bring new ideas and useful skills to your business. Evaluate your collaborators through fully-subsidized Level UP project work and hire the best-fit students as part of your team.

Get projects off your desk

Get the projects on the side of your desk completed at no cost with the help of diverse Ontario college and university students.

Zero cost to you

Do well while doing good. You can’t put a price on making a difference:  you pay with mentorship, while we take care of the rest — no hidden costs or sneaky pricing structure.

Diversify your talent pipeline

Identify and recruit top talent before your competitors.  Look beyond resumes and interviews with the chance to accurately assess a candidate’s skills through hands-on projects and challenges.

Advance your business with student talent