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Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is a wage subsidy program that provides postsecondary students paid work experience. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) works with Employer Delivery Partners to provide student work placements and wage subsidies of up to $5,000–$7,000.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Employers can hire students in any program
  • Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a
    person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the
    Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Provincial and territorial governments are not eligible
  • Positions must be net new to qualify (positions over and above what
    employers hired last year at the same time)

For more information, reach out to the appropriate Co-op representative for assistance.

SWPP Delivery Partners

  • TECHNATION is an association that champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full-time students in any program; no age restriction and students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Organizations in Canada looking for employees with skills in the field of information and communications technology
    • Job description must make the connection to the use and immersion of technology clear in the first three responsibilities and duties
    How To Apply?
    When to Apply

    Placements can be full or part-time and applications coincide with Winter (Jan), Spring/Summer (May) or Fall (Sep) terms.

    Contact

    Brett Hotas
    Senior Program Manager, Career Ready
    705-416-1245
    bhotas@technationcanada.ca

     

    Learn more about TECHNATION

  • ICTC is a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full-time students in any program; no age restriction and students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Employers providing full or part-time placements in an Information Technology (IT) or IT-related position, business development, digital marketing or technical sales
    • Open to registered businesses in Canada in advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, fintech, intelligent retail, big data, clean tech, connected transportation, entertaining and gaming, and e-health
    • Postsecondary institutions are eligible as employers
    How To Apply?

    Funding needs to be approved before the student starts their placement.

    When to Apply

    Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Contact

    General inquiries:
    WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca

     

    Learn more about ICTC’s WIL Digital Program

  • ECO Canada’s mission is to ensure an adequate supply of people with the skills and knowledge required to meet the environmental human resource needs of the public and private sectors.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full and part-time students in any program; no age restriction and students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Employers must provide a work term in a STEAM role to be eligible
    How To Apply?

    Funding needs to be approved before the student starts their placement.

    When to Apply

    Placements can be full or part-time and applications coincide with Winter (Jan), Spring/Summer (May) or Fall (Sep) terms.

    Contact

    Marie Lanquetin, Bilingual Program Coordinator
    403-233-0748, x1984
    info@eco.ca

     

    Learn more about ECO Canada's Student Work Placement Program

  • BioTalent Canada™ is the HR partner of and a catalyst for growth in Canada’s bioeconomy.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full-time or part-time students in any program that includes a WIL component (no age restriction)
    • The WIL position or employer needs to have a biotechnology focus
      - Placements must be a full-time position (37.5 hours/week), 5 days a week for a minimum of 16 weeks
    How To Apply?

    If requested, SMEs (fewer than 500 employees) and non-profit organizations will be able to receive up to 75% of the wage subsidies up-front.

    When to Apply

    Placements can be full or part-time and applications coincide with Winter (Jan), Spring/Summer (May) or Fall (Sep) terms.

    Contact

    Benita Uruhisho
    Outreach and Business Development Rep
    613-235-1402, x234
    buruhisho@biotalent.ca

    Colleen Hayes
    Outreach and Business Development Rep
    613-235-1402, x221
    chayes@biotalent.ca

    Hannah Walhad
    Outreach and Business Development Rep
    613-235-1402, x215
    hwalhad@biotalent.ca

     

    Learn more about Biotalent Canada's Student Work Placement Program

  • Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s largest financial services institutions and the government. ASPIRE has been developed by TFI in partnership with employers, postsecondary institutions and the government. TFI is a partner of the program but does not administer wage subsidies.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Please note that ASPIRE does not offer any wage subsidies for employers; participating financial services employers pay 100% of the wages for student placements but the program is funded in part by SWPP
    • ASPIRE offers a variety of resources including best practice guidance, student attraction support, brand building opportunities, business skills training for current and future students and more
    • Eligible for full-time postsecondary students in any program; no age restriction and students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Organizations in Canada working in the financial services sector, including banks, insurers, pension plans, investment managers, FinTechs, hedge funds and credit unions
    How To Apply?
    When to Apply

    Placements can be full or part-time and applications are ongoing.

    Contact

    Alessya Paoletti
    Program Manager, ASPIRE
    apaoletti@tfi.ca

    General inquiries:
    416-933-6780
    apsire@tfi.ca

    Employer inquiries:
    Sashya D’Souza
    Senior Vice President of Talent Initiatives
    sdsouza@tfi.ca

     

    Learn more about ASPIRE

  • Venture for Canada is a national charity which develops entrepreneurial leadership skills through training and supporting youth to work at innovative Canadian start-ups and small businesses.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Part and full-time postsecondary students in any program; no age restriction and students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Employers can be a SME, start-up, social enterprise, non-profit or charity located in BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI or NL (Atlantic Canadian based organizations) with 1-500 employees
    How To Apply?
    When to Apply

    Placements can be full or part-time and applications coincide with Winter (Jan), Spring/Summer (May) or Fall (Sep) terms.

    Contact

    Aleksandra (Ola) Mackiewicz
    National Marketing Coordinator
    519-933-7073
    ola@ventureforcanada.ca

    Gina Patterson
    Director, Internships
    gina@ventureforcanada.ca

     

    Learn more about Venture for Canada's Internship Program

  • MiHR is an independent, non-profit organization that leads collaboration among mining and exploration companies, organized labour, contractors, educational institutions, industry associations and Indigenous groups.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Part and full-time postsecondary students in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business that includes a WIL component; students must be between the ages of 18-30 (inclusive) at the start of the job or internship
    • Organizations in Canada (small and large companies/postsecondary institutions/non-profit organizations) working in the mining or mineral exploration sectors
    How To Apply?

    Employers do not need to have a candidate before applying.

    When to Apply

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Contact

    Priya Pandit, Manager, Employment Initiatives
    613-270-9696
    ppandit@mihr.ca

    General inquiries:
    gearingup@mihr.ca

     

    Learn more about MiHR's Gearing Up Program

  • CCAA is dedicated to ensuring the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry has enough workers with the right skills to meet industry needs.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full and part-time postsecondary students in a STEM or business program that includes a WIL component (no age restriction)
    • Placement can be in an aviation or aerospace organization or postsecondary institution
    How To Apply?
    When to Apply

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Contact

    Kethy S-K Sangaré, Project Coordinator
    613-727-8272, x261
    ksossokolle@avaerocouncil.ca

     

    Learn more about CCAA's SWPP for Students

  • EHRC works to strengthen the ability of the Canadian electricity industry to meet current and future needs for their workforce.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full and part-time postsecondary students in a STEAM or business program that includes a WIL component (no age restriction)
    • Canadian owned firm or Canadian subsidiary whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
    How To Apply?

    Employers can fast-track the hiring process and administration by applying with one job description and participant.

    Employers need to ensure placements occur before the agreement end date or request an extension along with a rationale for the request.

    When to Apply

    Placements can be full or part-time and applications are ongoing.

    Contact

    Sarah Jourson, Empowering Futures
    Project Coordinator
    613-235-5540, x229
    jourson@electricityhr.ca

    Mark Chapeskie
    Director of Programs and Development
    chapeskie@electricityhr.ca

     

    Learn more about EHRC's Empowering Futures

  • Magnet is a not-for-profit, digital social innovation platform co-created by Ryerson University in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in 2014. This program aims to fill in gaps of other SWPP programs so more students can access WIL opportunities.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full and part-time students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • All registered Canadian businesses, not-for-profits or postsecondary institutions are eligible as employers
    How To Apply?

    Employers will be able to apply for funding before they finalize their selection of students to hire.

    When to Apply

    Magnet will continue to accept applications for funding from employers.

    Contact

    Mario Cortes, Project Manager
    416-601-0987
    mario.cortes@ryerson.ca

    General inquiries:
    swpp@magnet.today

     

    Learn more about The Magnet Student Work Placement Program

  • The OCC's mission is to convene, align, and advance the interests of its members through principled policy work, value-added business services, and broad engagement to build prosperity for all Ontarians.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full and part-time students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • All registered Canadian businesses, not-for-profits or postsecondary institutions are eligible as employers
    How To Apply?

    Employers do not need to have a candidate before applying.

    When to Apply

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Contact

    General inquiries:
    top@occ.ca

     

    Learn more about the OCC's Talent Opportunities Program

  • EMC is a preferred partner for the Government of Canada to deliver the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to Canada’s manufacturing, related sub-sectors and supply chain employers.

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full and part-time students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • Canadian manufacturing employers hiring students in direct and indirect roles (i.e. Manufacturing, IT, HR, etc.)
    How To Apply?

    WILWorks will support 938 student placements over the next two years. Employers do not need to have a candidate before applying.

    When to Apply

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Contact

    Wendy Gray, Senior Project Coordinator
    866-323-4362
    wgray@emccanada.org

    Susan McLachlan, Project Coordinator
    226-220-6432
    smclachlan@emccanada.org

     

    Learn more about EMC's WILWorks

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