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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: COVID-19 AND SWPP FUNDING

In response to the current challenges related to COVID-19, the following changes have been made to the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP):


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 from the ESDC can be found here, and you can find a list of all delivery partners and their contact information below.


SWPP Wage Subsidy

Through 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:


How can you access this funding to hire interns?

There are a total of 9 delivery partner organizations that help distribute this funding. You can apply for this funding through the SWPP delivery partners.

General eligibility requirements

Positions must be net new to qualify for SWPP funding (i.e.: positions over and above what employers hired last year at the same time)

All SWPP Delivery Partner Information

*NEW* Magnet Student Work Placement (SWPP)

Amount: up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

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

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

Biotalent Canada

Amount: up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

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 $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

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

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) - Empowering Futures

Amount: up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

Eligibility: 

  • 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 to see more info 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:

  • Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above
  • 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
  • Have candidate complete the 2018-2021 Participant Information Form
  • 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)

The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days

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

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 $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

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

Information and Communication Technology Council - WIL Digital Subsidy

Amount: up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

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

Information Technology Association of Canada - Career Ready Program (ITAC)

NEW! Government of Canada Announces funding for additional wage subsidies for cyber and AI placements.

The Government of Canada has expanded the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to specifically focus on placements in cyber security and AI. Funding is available starting Winter 2019 to Winter 2020. For more information contact careerready@itac.ca

Amount: up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

Eligibility: 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 ITAC's website.

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.

Contact:

Jan Hall (ON and Western provinces)

Phone: (905) 301-7751

Email: jhall@itac.ca 

 

Marc Andre Leger (QC and the Atlantic provinces)

Email: mleger@itac.ca

General inquiries: careerready@itac.ca 

Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) - Gearing Up

Amount: up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

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: 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:

  • Find a candidate
  • 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.

Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.

Contact: Jennifer Wright: jwright@mihr.ca 

Toronto Finance International (TFI) - ASPIRE

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

ASPIRE provides all employers with a variety of resources including training for employer, training for students, and more

Eligibility: Organzations 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.

Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying

Contact:

Phone: (416) 933-6780

Email: aspire@tfi.ca 

Venture for Canada - Internship Program

Amount: up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

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 Patterson

Email: gina@@ventureforcanada.ca


Erica Ormiston

Email: erica@@ventureforcanada.ca

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