To support greater diversity in youth production and creation teams, the YMA, along with its partners Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, TFO and APTN, are offering four scholarships for four people from diverse or indigenous communities, managed by four companies. A total of $10,000 will be distributed annually.

An application from a French production company must include the candidacy of a person from a diverse or aboriginal background for a project in development or production. The winner will be integrated into the team of a youth program (aged 2-17) in development or production (fiction, documentary or live-action magazine or animation or current affairs for young people).

The company may submit an application including a person it has recruited itself, or through the bank of candidates that the YMA will make available to all interested companies. YMA will not act as an intermediary between the two parties.

The objective is to offer a person a new experience in the world of youth television or digital production, to broaden his or her network of contacts and to participate concretely, based on his or her aptitudes and interests, in the development and production of a program to be broadcast on Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec, TFO or APTN. This training will provide recruits with the skills they need to pursue their careers.

At the end of the project, the winner will be asked to write a brief summary of his or her experience, which can be used as part of a report or an article on the YMA blog.


Submit an Application   Pool of Candidates


YMA will provide a $2,500 scholarship to contribute to the remuneration of an internship participant, that is the equivalent of $250 per day for 10 days. The company will be able to increase this remuneration and adjust the duration of the internship at its own expense (e.g., by extending it).

The scholarship would be paid in full by YMA upon signature of an agreement between the company and YMA.

The company is responsible for managing the internship and remunerating the intern.

Number of internships

Four companies will be selected each year to offer internships to a participant per year and benefit from this financial support, depending on the funds available.

A call for applications will be issued each year according to the following process:

  • Call for candidates to register with the bank :Jan. 12 to March 1
  • Production company nominations: until April 15
  • Jury analysis: April 16-29
  • Company decision: April 30
  • Start of internship: internships can start on or before March 1, depending on the date of application.
  • Internship period: The internship must be carried out at the company's discretion in the year of production in the year of the targeted project.

Eligibility Criteria


The company must:

  • be a member of the YMA, including Canadian broadcasters, production companies and studios. The above is not necessary as the exchange's broadcast partners are already members and the production company is the same as the company.
  • be headquartered in Canada.
  • commit to using the funds ($2500) solely for the participant's remuneration.
  • find and agree with a candidate for the internship and submit his/her application to AMJ.
  • Applications may come from companies managed by racialized or non-racialized shareholders.
  • The candidate proposed for the internship cannot already be employed by the company, nor be a family member of a person (owner, shareholder, senior executive) working there.


The proposed candidate must:

  • Be a Canadian citizenship or permanent resident, be at least 18 years old at the time of application, and demonstrate a strong interest in children's, youth and family content.
  • Identify themselves as coming from Aboriginal communities or diversity, or from a visible minority, i.e., a racialized person.
  • Be legally authorized to work in accordance with applicable provincial laws and regulations.
  • Pursue studies related to the media industry or have recently graduated from such an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution, or have already been professionally involved in the industry for at least one year in an independent capacity.
  • Submit a cover letter describing your interest in the children's television and digital media industry, and the relevance of this fellowship to your career development.
  • Provide a short bio and a high-resolution head-and-shoulder photo.


The mentoring company must submit an application form no later than April 15, 2024.



A YMA committee will evaluate applications based on their merit in relation to the overall scholarship objectives, and will select the company or companies offering the best opportunities for skills development and employment in the field related to the applicant's objectives

While taking into account regional and representation considerations, selection criteria may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • clearly defined internship objectives and skills development goals;
  • relevance of the proposed work plan (job description, diversity of training, mentor supervision);
  • training offered, professional objectives established and professional or volunteer experience to be acquired;
  • commitment to the children's content industry.

Due to limited funds, some deserving applications may not be selected. Committee decisions are final.


Companies offering the internship must submit an application no later than 5pm ET on May 1, 2024, including the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Work plan for the project under development or in production
  • Candidate's CV
  • Candidate's letter of motivation
  • A photo of the participant must be provided for YMA promotion and publication purposes.

Applications can currently be submitted on the YMA website.

At the end

Interns will be required to submit a two-page report on their experience at the end of the internship.


This fund is made possible by contributions from :

Winners of Previous Years


Sovi Ngau (Internship at Zone3)

Born in Sainte-Foy to a Vietnamese family who fled the war, Sovi learned to observe the world around him and to develop an incredible, calm and powerful creativity. Sovi began his career as a toy designer because of his fanaticism for children's content - a passion that follows him to this day - and has combined 15 years of experience in various creative fields. From cartoons to manga and anime, he has consumed over 20,000 hours of geek content. With this grant, Sovi hopes to contribute to the enrichment of young Quebec and Canadian media consumers through inclusive and inspiring television content. His driving force is that people like him find their place in the world of TV.




Yza Nouiga (Internship at Trio Orange)

A Franco-Moroccan graduate of L'inis in scriptwriting (mixed program) as part of the 2021-2022 cohort, Yza took a course in children's writing with Anne-Hélène Prévost. It was within this academic framework that she wrote an episode of The Little Spudragon, which was subsequently acquired by the producer for season 2. This first contact with the children's world was a case of love at first sight and inspired her to pursue this path. A member of the 2024 YMA French-language Awards of Excellence jury, Yza also trained at SARTEC with Marie-France Landry. With Trio Orange, she then developed a project for a youth series that received development support from Télé-Québec. Inspired by her migrant experience, Yza was fortunate enough to co-write this project with Julie Roy. As a racialized woman, it's important to Yza to participate in the creation of more diverse youth works that promote greater representation for future generations.



Anderson Jean
He was assigned to a youth project (Le petit bang) for pamplemousse média and participated in the writing of a project under the supervision of Marie-Hélène Laurin. This project was for Télé-Québec.

Sandra Mathieu
She worked on one or two projects for Slalom productions in Ottawa (SRC) or on a project for Makinium (TFO). 

Jean Bastian Nigigaruge
He has worked on projects for Trio Orange (Curium) and KOTV. (Le Pacte). Both projects were for Télé-Québec and SRC.

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