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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 employer contact for assistance.

When to Apply

Many SWPP delivery partners accept applications on an ongoing basis until their funding has been fully allocated for the work term. Information on application deadlines or the status of funding availability can be found on each SWPP delivery partner’s website.

Please note: Some SWPP delivery partners have reached their limit of applications for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

SWPP Delivery Partners

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

    Learn more about BioTalent Canada's Student Work Placement Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- or part-time postsecondary students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • The position or employer needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Contact Colleen:
    1-866-243-2472, x218
    askme@biotalent.ca

  • The CAHRC supports developing connections between employers in agriculture, postsecondary students and postsecondary institutions through their AGRI Talent program and Growing Opportunities SWPP program.

    Learn more about the CAHRC and the AGRI Talent program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in any program that includes a WIL component 
    • Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the agriculture industry including field crops, primary producers, greenhouse, horticulture, aquaculture, veterinary clinics servicing farm animals/livestock, farm equipment dealerships, input dealers and agriculture-focused media agencies 
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Nadee Imran, AGRI Talent Program Manager
    nimran@cahrc-ccrha.ca

    General Inquiries
    info@cahrc-ccrha.ca

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

    Learn more about CCAA's SWPP for Students

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • Canadian aviation and aerospace companies or Canadian businesses that support the aviation and aerospace industry (position must also support the industry)
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Gabriel Seguin, Project Coordinator
    613-727-8272, x236
    gseguin@avaerocouncil.ca

    Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, Senior Director of Project Management
    613-727-8272, x247
    tdaviswoodhouse@avaerocouncil.ca

  • The CMPA is Canada’s national trade association for independent English-language media producers. They represent numerous companies and work to support the future of domestic media production and Canadian content.

    Learn more about the CMPA’s Student Work Placement Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Postsecondary students in any program
    • Employers must be members of the CMPA and must contribute towards the mentee stipend
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Sarolta Csete, Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
    1-800-656-7440, x338
    sarolta.csete@cmpa.ca

  • The CHRC is a national not-for-profit that brings together cultural workers and employers to address training, career development and other human resource issues. 

    Learn more about the CHRC’s Student Work Placement Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • Employers must be from the Canadian cultural sector (i.e., Digital Media, Film and Television, Live Performing Arts, Music and Sound Recording, Visuals Arts and Crafts, Writing and Publishing, and Heritage)
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Sofia Downing, Administrative & Communications Officer
    sofia.downing@culturalhrc.ca

  • 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.

    Learn more about ECO Canada's Student Work Placement Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in any program; students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Employers must provide a work term in a STEAM or Business role to be eligible
    How To Apply
    Contact

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

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

    Learn more about EHRC's Empowering Futures Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in a STEAM or business program that includes a WIL component
    • Canadian owned firm or Canadian subsidiary whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Emily Griffiths, Program Coordinator
    613-235-5540
    griffiths@electricityhr.ca

  • 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.

    Learn more about EMC’s WILWorks Student Work Placement Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary 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
    Contact

    Wendy Gray, Senior Project Coordinator
    519-377-5709
    wgray@emccanada.org

    Lynn Morris, Project Coordinator
    519-376-0470
    lmorris@emccanada.org

  • The FCCQ is the largest network of business people in Quebec and supports business development in all economic sectors.

    Learn more about the FCCQ Accueillez un stagiaire program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Postsecondary students enrolled in a program that includes field placements
    • Employers must be Francophone and/or Anglophone Quebec businesses or not-for-profits
    How To Apply
    • Contact FCCQ to receive the application forms
    Contact

    General inquiries
    accueillez.un.stagiaire@fccq.ca

    Contact Form

  • FPSC is a workforce development organization that supports skills development and training for jobs in Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry. 

    Learn more about FPSC’s Student Work Placement Program+ (SWPP+)

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • Employers must be registered Canadian businesses and not-for-profits within the food and beverage manufacturing industry
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Deborah McGowan, Project Manager
    dmcgowan@fpsc-ctac.com

    Tiffany Gelvez, Project Specialist
    tgelvez@fpsc-ctac.com

    General inquiries:
    info@swpp-fpsc.com

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

    Learn more about ICTC’s WIL Digital Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Postsecondary students in any program; students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Employers must be registered Canadian businesses or not-for-profits providing full- or part-time placements that include a digital or technology component and use technology in some capacity
    How To Apply
    Contact

    General inquiries:
    WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca

  • Magnet is a not-for-profit, digital social innovation platform co-created by Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly 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.

    Learn more about the Magnet Student Work Placement Program

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

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

    General inquiries:
    swpp@magnet.today

  • 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.

    Learn more about MiHR's Gearing Up Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business that includes a WIL component
    • Employers must be Canadian businesses or not-for-profits involved in the mining and mineral exploration sectors
    How To Apply
    Contact

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

    General inquiries:
    gearingup@mihr.ca

  • 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.

    Learn more about the OCC's Talent Opportunities Program

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

    General inquiries:
    top@occ.ca

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

    Learn more about TECHNATION’s Career Ready Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Postsecondary students in any program; students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • All registered Canadian businesses and not-for-profits who can provide tech-focused work placements to students (the position should utilize technology in some capacity)
    How To Apply
    Contact

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

    General inquiries:
    careerready@technationcanada.ca

  • THRC is an organization aiming to build a world-leading tourism workforce through facilitating, coordinating, and enabling human resource development activities that support the industry. 

    Learn more about THRC’s Propel Student Work Placement Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Postsecondary students in any program that includes a WIL component
    • Employers must be related to the tourism/hospitality industry or offer a placement related to a tourism/hospitality job function
    How To Apply
    Contact

    General inquiries:
    propel@tourismhr.ca

  • Trucking HR Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that works to advance modern HR solutions for the trucking and logistics workforce.

    Learn more about Trucking HR Canada’s Student Work Placement Subsidy

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in any program
    • Work opportunities must directly relate to the applicant’s program of study and/or fulfill a trucking and logistics job function
    How To Apply
    Contact

    General inquiries:
    theteam@truckinghr.com

  • 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.

    Learn more about Venture for Canada's Internship Program

    Who Can Apply?
    • Full- and part-time postsecondary students in any program; students do not need to be enrolled in co-op
    • Employers can be a start-up, social enterprise, non-profit or charity operating in any province or territory excluding Ontario with 1–500 employees
    How To Apply
    Contact

    Contact Form

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