CANADA COMEBACK CHALLENGE

The Canada Comeback Challenge is a way for students to connect with employers and mentors, build their networks, and add valuable experience to their resumes, all while contributing to Canada’s COVID-19 recovery. Through a fun, skill-building national competition in an entirely online format, student teams will tackle real-world problems facing employers in Canada’s public, private, and non-profit sectors and compete for a chance to pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges.

Congratulations!

Thank you to all participants of Round 2. Your innovative ideas are helping to solve some of the biggest challenges facing Canadian businesses. The top 10 teams will be announced on March 22. Stay tuned.

Check out some examples of the challenges submitted by employer associations across Canada below.

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MENTORS

Become a mentor

Why should you participate in the Canada Comeback Challenge?

Because it will...

  • Provide meaningful work-integrated learning experiences for students, while also meeting the needs of Canada’s employers as they navigate their recovery from COVID-19.
  • Provide access to the next generation of talent, at low risk and low cost, and enhance the work readiness of future grads.
  • Create new links to post-secondary institutions, new thinking, and innovative ideas.
  • Contribute to the development of solutions that benefit Canada’s economy and support the re-emergence of a prosperous, healthy society.
  • Help improve your own communication and leadership skills and expand your professional network through a national competition and platform.

What is your role?

  • Become a Canada Comeback Challenge mentor and help the next generation of workers develop their skills.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and support to student teams tackling real-world challenges. Be a sounding board and a confidence booster.
  • Minimal time commitment. Participate in a virtual mentorship community in round one and potentially serve as a dedicated mentor for teams that make it to the final round.

Want to become a mentor?

Email us at StudentChallenge@bher.ca or complete this form and we’ll get in touch.

POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

Why should post-secondary institutions participate in the Canada Comeback Challenge?

Because it will...

  • Create up to 10,000 quality WIL experiences that students can participate in online.
  • Provide students access to skills development, professional development, mentoring, networking, extracurricular opportunities and up to $1,500 in financial support per 2-10-person team.
  • Encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and create WIL opportunities for students in programs that do not currently have WIL.
  • Connect businesses with the next generation of career-ready workers.

What is your role?

  • Spread the word! Encourage your students to sign up and compete.
  • Encourage leaders from your institutions to sign on as mentors.
  • Stay looped in to receive promotional materials and ensure that your organization is up to date on what’s happening.
  • Along the way, gain a national profile for your institutions and connections to the employers who recruit from them, especially if a student team from your institution makes it to the final round!

Want to know more?

Email us at StudentChallenge@bher.ca or complete this form and we’ll get in touch.

Partners

Business Council of Canada
Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council
Catalyst
Canadian Council for the Arts
Canadian Construction Association
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Colleges and Institutes Canada
CityStudio
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
CNIB Foundation
Genome Canada
Conseil du patronat du Québec
Equal Voice
G(irls) 20
ICON Talent Partners
Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health
Mining Industry HR Council
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Polytechnics Canada
Restaurants Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
TECHNATION
Toronto Financial International
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
Universities Canada
Canadian Mobility and Aerospace Institute

FAQ

What is the Canada Comeback Challenge?

The Canada Comeback Challenge creates opportunities for post-secondary students to contribute to Canada’s COVID-19 recovery while gaining valuable work-integrated learning (WIL) experience. Through a fun, skill-building national competition in an entirely online format, student teams will tackle real-world problems facing employers in Canada’s public, private, and non-profit sectors and compete for a chance to pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges.

Why do we need the Canada Comeback Challenge?

The time is right for students and employers to work together to address the unprecedented transformation brought about by COVID-19. This federally-funded initiative, announced by Prime Minister Trudeau in June as part of a $9 billion support package for post-secondary students and recent graduates, empowers students, links them with employers and increases Canada’s capacity to address the social and economic challenges brought about by the global pandemic.

Do students need a team before they sign up?

No, by creating an account on studentchallenge.bher.ca before the sign-up deadline, students will have time to network with peers across Canada to find those with similar project interests to collaborate and build a team.

What is the Canada Comeback Challenge

We recognize that students are busy, so we want to make sure you get as much out of this as you give. Here's what you can expect:
Access to curated resources for professional and career development, health and wellness, and diversity and inclusion.
Access to at least $250 of funding per student to ensure you have everything you need to fully participate in the Canada Comeback Challenge. Take a look at the general challenge related resources for access to a few important documents (in PDF).
Access to a maximum of $4,000 per team to further develop your solution and pitch if you make it to round two.
Access to a virtual mentorship community in round 1 and dedicated employer mentors for teams that make it to rounds 2 and 3.
Connect you with employers. Top teams will pitch their ideas to professionals in a competition to win prizes.
Prizes worth ~$2,000 from industry partner sponsors available for the top teams (partner examples: Top hat, better u, IBM, Kivuto solutions).
Special invitation to participate in an exclusive pan-Canadian community of young leaders with access to our employer network.
Opportunity for Summer 2021 internships with partner associations and a chance to implement your idea within the organization.
Subscriptions to LinkedIn Premium for top teams!
Monthly and weekly giveaway draws – giveaways include tech gadgets and gift cards.

Are recent graduates eligible to participate?

Yes. As long as they have graduated since December 2019.

Are international students eligible to participate?

Yes, as long as they are currently enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Do students have to be in their first degree or diploma to participate?

At least 50% of the team must be students in their first degree or diploma. The other half of the team can be students enrolled in graduate or professional studies.