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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Funding Opportunities

Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Thinking of hiring a student? You may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in wage subsidies! This page describes funding available and outlines how to access the funding for your next co-op hire.

As part of the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), funding opportunities are available for employers to hire students for the purposes of experiential learning. As the distancing measures being implemented currently will likely impact your organization’s ability to meet the activities outlined in your student work placement agreement, the following changes have been made to the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP):

  • Employers will be able to apply for funding before they finalize their selection of students to hire.
  • Employers will have the flexibility to postpone placement start dates to avoid rescinding placements.
  • Small and medium sized employers (having fewer than 500 employees) and non-profit organizations will be able to use wage subsidies up-front when there is an operational cash flow need.
  • Students will be able to work from home.
  • Post-secondary institutions now qualify for SWPP funding as long as the experience is a quality work-integrated learning opportunity that's linked to the student's program of study and career goals. This also applies to research positions.

If you have already been approved for SWPP funding and have made changes to a student’s work term, you will need to reach out the applicable SWPP funding partner to notify them of these changes.

More information about the SWPP program is available from Employment and Social Development Canada website, and you can find a list of all delivery partners and their contact information below.

Updates

Last updated on July 27, 2020.

  • Net new hire restrictions have been removed. All new students are now considered for funding (not just new roles or more students than previous years).
  • Employers can now access up to 75% in wage subsidies (to a max. of $7,500) per student.
  • Remote and work from home positions are now eligible for funding.
  • Additional funding has been granted to Bio-Talent and Magnet, to support 3000 additional placements across Canada in the healthcare industry. Hospitals, long-term care facilities and post-secondary institutions can now be recognized as an employer for these opportunities. Opportunities can be roles supporting healthcare faculties at post-secondary institutions including research roles that are not supported through government funding, any healthcare role at any organization, and any role (healthcare or non-healthcare) at a health related organization.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

  • SWPP wage subsidy

    Through the SWPP, organizations within Canada that offer full-time employment opportunities between 12-16 weeks for full-time Canadian post-secondary students can receive one of the following wage subsidies:

    • Up to 50% of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) per student, OR
    • Up to 75% (up to a maximum of $7,500 per placement)for under-represented students, including first-year students, women in STEM, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers.
  • How can I access this funding to hire students?
    There are 10 delivery partner organizations that help distribute this funding. You can apply for this funding through the SWPP delivery partners, listed below under SWPP delivery partner information.
  • General eligibility requirements
    • Employers can hire students in any program (Business, Engineering, and others).
    • Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment to qualify for funding from the SWPP.
    • Provincial and territorial governments are NOT eligible for SWPP funding.

    Positions do not need to be net new to qualify for SWPP funding (that is, positions over and above what employers hired last year at the same time). All new students are now considered for funding (not just new roles or more students than previous years).


SWPP delivery partner information

  • Biotalent Canada

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Organizations in Canada looking to hire for roles related to biotechnology.

    Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

    How to apply:

    Through their website, download and fill out the "SWPP Employer Application Package"

    NOTES:

    • Employers and positions can be pre-approved for funding before employers finalize their selection of students to hire.

    Application deadline:

    Applications for all co-op placements starting before March 2021 are now being accepted.

    Contact:

    Benita 
    Email: buruhisho@biotalent.ca

    Colleen
    Email: chayes@biotalent.ca

    Hannah
    Email: hwalhad@biotalent.ca

  • Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Organizations in Canada working in the aerospace and aviation industry (cannot be a research position in a school lab).

    Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

    How to apply:

    Complete and submit the employer application online: Employer Information Form - Student Work Integrated Learning Program

    Don't have a candidate in mind? You can post your job on WaterlooWorks.

    NOTES: Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.

    Application deadline:

    Applications for Summer 2020 are now open.

    Contact:

    Kethy S-K Sangaré
    Phone: (613) 727-8272, ext. 261 
    Email: ksossokolle@avaerocouncil.ca ​​​​​​

  • Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) - Empowering Futures

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
    • Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
    • Firms engaged in supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities.

    Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

    How to apply:

    To qualify for the program, the company must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the economic sector represented by:

    1. Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above;
    2. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with a brief company description, and a description of the intended participant’s co-op position;
    3. Have candidate complete the 2018-2021 Participant Information Form.
    4. If you already have a participant in mind, please include the participant information form, participant’s resume and a copy of the participant’s proof of post-secondary enrolment, if available. (If submitting electronically, please do not include the participant’s date of birth and Social Insurance Number.)
    5. The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days.

    NOTES:

    • Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.
    • Employers can be pre-approved for funding for 30 days.

    Application deadline:

    Applications for Summer 2020 are now open.

    Contact:

    Sarah Jourson, Project Coordinator
    Phone: (613) 235-5540 ext. 229
    Email: jourson@electricityhr.ca

  • Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) of Canada - Co-op program

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Organizations in Canada that are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics (STEAM). Work terms must be at least 6 weeks long. Funding can be applied to part-time students as well as co-op students.

    Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

    NOTE: Eco Canada will not provide up to 75% of the wage subsidy up front.

    How to apply:

    Complete the form for "Host employers" on ECO Canada Wage Subsidy Program page.

    NOTES:

    • Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.
    • Funding needs to be approved before the student starts their placement.

    Application deadline:

    Applications for summer 2020 are now open.

    Contact:

    coop@eco.ca

  • Information and Communication Technology Council - WIL Digital Subsidy

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Eligibility requirements include:

    • A registered business in Canada
    • Company must be in the following sectors: intelligent retail, fintech, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, connected transportation, e-health, cybersecurity, big data, or clean tech
    • Must offer a quality full-time position to a student
    • Must have insurance
    • Must be compliant with Human Rights and Labor legislation, regulations, and laws
    • Must create a net new student position

    How to apply:

    Visit ICTC's WIL Digital Program site to create an account to apply.


    NOTES:

    • Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.
    • Funding needs to be approved before the student starts their placement.

    Application deadline:

    Applications for Summer 2020 are now open.

    Contact:

    wil_digital@ictc-ctic.ca

  • Magnet Student Work Placement

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Any registered Canadian business or non-profit organizations. Municipal governments are not eligible for funding.

    Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

    How to apply:

    1. Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above
    2. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with information about your candidate and the job description
    3. Your student will also be asked to fill out their portion of the application form
    4. Magnet will review your application and reply within 2-4 weeks

    NOTES:

    • Employers MUST have a candidate before applying. 
    • Funding will be administered after receiving the final pay stub at the end of the placement.

    Application deadline:

    Summer 2020 application deadline: August 31, 2020

    NOTE: Due to the volume of applications received and the currently available funding, applications that are completed and approved going forward will be added to a waitlist. Magnet will continue to accept applications for the waitlist and they will notify all applicants should funding availability change.

    Contact:

    swpp@magnet.today

  • Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) - Gearing Up

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Organizations in Canada (small and large companies/post-secondary institutions/non-profit organizations) working in the mining or mineral exploration sectors are encouraged to apply.

    How to apply:

    Organizations must fill out and submit the Gearing Up Application Form to gearingup@mihr.ca. Applicants will know within 24 hours if their organization has been approved. Once approved, your organization will:

    1. Find a candidate (you'll be able to post a position on WaterlooWorks).
    2. Notify MiHR of your candidate and they will email the necessary documents for funding.

    More information can be found on the Gearing Up applicant guide or on their Gearing Up Program page.

    NOTES: Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.

    Application deadline:

    Ongoing

    Contact:

    Priya
    Phone: (613) 270-9696 ext. 63

  • Technation (Formerly known as ITAC) - Career Ready Program

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Organizations in Canada looking for employees with skills in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

    Positions you are hiring for can fall under the following categories:

    1. Business Technology Management
    2. Computer Science
    3. Computer Systems Technology
    4. Computer Engineering.

    Municipal governments are eligible for funding.

    How to apply:

    Complete the online Employer Eligibility Assessment and submit it with the necessary documentation.

    To access the application portal, please visit Technation's website.

    NOTES:

    • Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying. Only applicants that are able to submit information about the job and the student will be considered.

    Application deadline:

    Winter 2020 applications (January to April) due: April 24, 2020 (deadline extended due to COVID-19)

    Applications for Summer 2020 (May to August) due: accepted on a rolling basis

    Contact:

    careerready@technationcanada.ca

  • Toronto Finance International (TFI) - Aspire

    About:

    Please note that ASPIRE does not offer any wage subsidies for employers.

    ASPIRE offers a variety of resources including best practice guidance, student attractment support, brand building opportunities and industry/academic partnerships.

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Organizations in Canada working in the financial services sector, including:

    • Banks
    • Insurers
    • Pension plans
    • Investment managers
    • FinTechs
    • Hedge funds
    • Credit unions in Canada

    How to apply:

     

    Request more information and apply on the ASPIRE Employer page.

    NOTES: Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.

    Application deadline:

    Ongoing

    Contact:

    Phone: (416) 933-6780
    Email: aspire@tfi.ca

  • Venture for Canada - Internship Program

    Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

    Employers must:

    1. be a small to medium-sized business, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity (1-500 employees)
    2. have their business located in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and the Prairies

    All industries welcome!

    Employers can be from a wide range of industries from agriculture to robotics and anything in between.

    How to apply:

    To join this program and access this funding, complete the application form on the Venture for Canada website.

    NOTES: Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.

    Application deadline:

    Ongoing

    Contact:

    Venture for Canada