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

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) Wage Subsidy

Through the federal Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), organizations within Canada that offer full-time employment opportunities between 12-16 weeks for full-time Canadian post-secondary students can receive wage subsidies.

NEW FOR SUMMER 2021 - Employers can receive up to 75% in wage subsidies for eligible student placements (up to a maximum of $7,500 per placement) .

General eligibility requirements

  • Employers can hire students in any program (i.e.: Arts, Business, Science...etc.) However, 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 SWPP

  • Provincial and territorial governments are NOT eligible for SWPP funding

Please note - Western University does not administer the SWPP program. For questions about your eligibility or to follow-up about your application, please contact the applicable delivery partner below.

All SWPP Delivery Partner Information

Biotalent Canada

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

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

How to apply: Through their website, download and fill out the "SWPP Employer Application Package".

Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.  Employers must hire the student first and once a candidate is identified they will apply for funding however the candidate cannot start their co-op until approval has been granted. It can take up to 10 business days to process an application.

Contact: 

Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or  mcarr@biotalent.ca

Colleen at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 221 or  chayes@biotalent.ca

Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

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

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

Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.

Contact:

Theresa Davis-Woodhouse

Phone: (613) 727-8272 ext. 247

Email:  tdaviswoodhouse@avaerocouncil.ca

Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: Cultural Sector Employers looking to hire students for meaningful work integrated learning experiences.

How to apply: Through their website.

Contact:

Sofia Downing at 613-581-2830 ext. 25

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) - Empowering Futures

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility:  Click here   to see more info about terms, conditions and eligibility

How to apply: Please see this link, and navigate to Process Overview

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

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) of Canada - Co-op Program

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: 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.

How to apply: Complete the form for "Host employers" on ECO Canada Wage Subsidy Program

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

Contact:  swilp@eco.ca

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (WILWorks)

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: Please see FAQ page

How to apply: Please see this link

Contact:  wgray@emccanada.org

Food Processing Skills Canada (SWPP)

Amount: 75% wage subsidy, up to $7,500

Eligibility:  Organizations in Canada looking to hire for roles in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

How to apply: Through their website.

Contact: 

Cynthia Perry at 902-749-7151 or cperry@fpsc-ctac.com

Information and Communication Technology Council - WIL Digital Subsidy

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: 

  • 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.

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

Contact:  wil_digital@ictc-ctic.ca

Magnet Student Work Placement (SWPP)

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: Any registered Canadian business or non-profit organizations. 

Click here  to see more info about terms, conditions and eligibility, and access their infographic for more details about the application process.

How to apply: 

  • Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above
  • Complete an  Employer Application Form  and submit it along with information about your candidate and the job description
  • Your student will also be asked to fill out the applicable part of the form

Magnet will review your application and let you know the decision within 2 - 4 weeks

Contact: swpp@magnet.today

Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) - Gearing Up

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: 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: Please see this link

Contact: gearingup@mihr.ca  

Ontario Chamber of Commerce (TOP)

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: Employers must be a registered Canadian business or not-for-profit organization, may be located anywhere in Canada, and may operate in any industry sector. Remote work is allowed.  Some restrictions apply.  

How to apply: Please see their website.

Contact:  top@occ.ca 

Technation

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: We support any tech-immersive roles across many different disciplines and functions, and you don’t need to be a tech company to promote tech skills development. Some common examples include:

Marketing: market research, industry analysis, digital marketing, branding, design, communications

Strategy: consulting, analysts, business development

Data & tech: data analysis, AI / machine learning, software development, IT support

How to apply: Please see this link

Contact:  careerready@technationcanada.ca 

Venture for Canada - Internship Program

Amount: up to $7,500 per student (75% wage subsidy)

Eligibility: Employers must: be a small to medium sized business, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity (1-500 employees) and 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.

Contact: gina@@ventureforcanada.ca

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