SWILP is now renamed to SWPP (Student Work Placement Program). Official SWPP Announcement Read official announcement on government's website
On September 5th, 2017, the Government of Canada announced that it will invest $73-million over four years (2017 to 2021) to support post-secondary co-op student work placements with industry employers and subsidize salaries for co-op students who meet eligibility requirements.
SWPP will be distributed by the following five organizations (more partner organizations will be announced over time). Please visit the individual organization websites below and read the eligibility and subsidy guidelines carefully as they do have subtle variations. Subsidies are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and interested employers are encouraged to apply ASAP if they feel they may qualify. In general, from the time of application, employers will be informed of their application result within 5 to 10 business days.
BioTalent’s SWPP Website (visit for complete details): https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/student-work-placement-program/
Highlights of Employer/Co-op Placement Eligibility
- the employer’s organization AND/OR the co-op position needs to have a biotechnology focus
- Sample sectors that qualify (Bio-health, Bio-energy, Bio-industrial, Agri-biotech, etc)
- the co-op placement must be at least 16 weeks, full-time (5 days a week, 7.5 a day)
- examples of bio-related employers or positions that qualify (taken from the link above):
How much subsidy is available?
Taken from the website: The wages for the position must not be funded by another federally funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc.
- Students who are not amongst the under-represented groups: Dollar-for-dollar matching program, up to $5000
- Students from under-represented groups: 70% matching salary matching program, up to $7000
- Under-represented groups as outlined by BioTalent Canada:
- Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and/or business
- Indigenous students
- Persons with disabilities
Highlights of Student Eligibility: The student must be:
- registered in a STEM or business program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
- a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold refugee status
- legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
How to apply?
For complete details and to apply, visit BioTalent Canada’s website - https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/student-work-placement-program/ (scroll down to the “Employer Application Process” section to download the application package).
Questions? Contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ECO Canada’s SWPP website (visit for complete details): http://www.eco.ca/coop-program/
Highlights of Employer Eligibility:
- the company or organization needs to be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary
- the co-op position needs to be related to the environment or an environment project and have an element of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math
- the co-op position needs to be 16 weeks long, full-time (5 days a week, 7.5 hours per day)
How much subsidy is available?
Dollar-for-dollar salary matching, up to $5000, for all students that meet the eligibility criteria.
Highlights of Student Eligibility: the student must be:
- a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status
- 30 years of age or younger
- enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution
How to apply?
The student and employer both need to visit ECO Canada’s website, http://www.eco.ca/coop-program/, and apply (click on “Apply to be a Host” and “Apply as a Student”).
CCAA’s SWPP Website – TBA.
Email Theresa Davis-Woodhouse for details: email@example.com
How much subsidy is available?
- 50% salary matching, up to $5000, for eligible students who are not part of the under-represented groups
- 70% salary matching, up to $7,000, for students who are part of the under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers
Highlights of Employer Eligibility (Contact Theresa at CCAA for complete details):
- CCAA's SWPP program is geared toward organizations within aviation and aerospace industries
- The program will focus on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business
Highlights of Student Eligibility (Contact Theresa at CCAA for complete details): -the student must be:
- Registered full-time in a science, technology engineering, math or business program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
- Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
How to apply?
Contact Theresa at CCAA for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org
Is your company eligible?
To qualify for the program, the company must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the economic sector represented by:
- 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.
SWPP program called Empowering Futures Program. Please see details here: https://electricityhr.ca/empowering-futures/#description
Terms and conditions
- The wages for this position must not be funded by another federally-funded program
- The company must provide a full-time work opportunity for a minimum of 16 weeks, 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day;
- The wage subsidy covers the cost of a co-op student’s salary by up to 50% to a maximum of $5,000 and up to 70% to a maximum of $7,000 for students and under-represented groups including: women in STEM, women in business, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers;
- The company must provide a minimum of $1 for each $1 of wage subsidy, or a minimum of $1 for each $2.33 for first-year students and under-represented groups;
- The company must not recruit and retain friends or family members as participants to the co-op wage subsidy program;
- The company must reference the participant information form to inform potential participants what their involvement in the co-op wage subsidy program will entail;
- The company must provide proof of co-op placement employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to Electricity Human Resources Canada upon request;
- The company must provide information about the placement to Electricity Human Resources Canada as required;
- The company must develop a Formal Learning Plan with the participant, before the start of the placement; and
- The company must provide Electricity Human Resources Canada with monthly financial claims and progress reports.
Employer application process
- 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 enrollment, 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.
Still need some answers? Contact Mark Chapeskie at 613-235-5540 x.223 or email@example.com
ICTC’s WIL (Work-Integrated Learning) Digital Program website (visit for complete details): https://www.ictc-ctic.ca/education-and-skills/#employers
Highlights of Employer Eligibility (information provided by ICTC):
For Canadian employers in one of the following emerging sectors:
- Intelligent retail
- Advanced manufacturing, or
- Any identified high-growth sector such as Entertainment and gaming, Connected Transportation, Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, e-Health, Clean Tech, etc.
The co-op placement must be 12 to 16 weeks , full-time (5 days a week, 7.5 hours per day)
How much subsidy is available (information provided by ICTC)?
- Up to 50% of wages or up to $5,000 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurship/business skills;
- Up to 70% of wages or up to $7,000 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurship/business skills for the following under-represented students: women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Indigenous students, recent immigrants (last 5 years), persons with disabilities and first-year students
Highlights of Student Eligibility (information provided by ICTC):
- Have been registered as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution in the field of business or STEM or recent graduates (within 12 months before starting the WIL contract period), regardless of age
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada and legally entitled to work according to specific province legislation and regulations
- Must not fill a position left vacant due to industrial dispute or lay off or that displaces a worker
How to apply?
NEW! Additional Funding for Cyber Security and AI Students
Thanks to the overwhelming success of the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), the Government of Canada has made available wage subsidies to fund another 750 students specifically in Cyber Security and AI. This is on top of the wage subsidy funding of the original 1,200 placements.
Eligible students are those who are either in a computing or computer science type program with a cyber or AI element or are able to meet the requirements of a cyber or AI position.
Similar to the existing wage subsidy program, the cyber and AI specific placements provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers. Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in STEM, indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may also qualify for additional funding (up to 70% or $7,000). The program also requires that placements are net new to the organization.
Please contact Brett Hotas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Cyber and AI placements.
ITAC’s Career Ready Program and SWPP Website (visit for complete details): https://itactalent.ca/our-programs/work-integrated-learning/
Highlights of Employer Eligibility Co-op Placement Eligibility (information provided by ITAC):
- Must be a small or medium-sized enterprise (500 employees or less)
- Ability to offer a minimum of 12-week work placement
- Ability to offer a position in either a Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike type program
- The work term student cannot be an existing employee OR have any previous working history with the organization. The work term student needs to be new to the organization
- Must not be filling a position left vacant due to a dispute, termination, layoff or another occurrence that displaces another worker
How much subsidy is available (information provided by ITAC)?
- The program provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers
- Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in STEM, indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may also qualify for additional funding (up to 70% or $7,000)
Highlights of Student Eligibility:
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
- Eligible to work in Canada
- Enrolled in a work term program in either Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike area
- Not currently employed as a paid employee at the host employer
How to apply? For complete details and to apply, visit ITAC’s Career Ready Program website - http://itactalent.ca/careerready (scroll down and select “How does the program work?” from the drop down menu).
- Employers will need to download and fill out the “Employer Application Form.”
- Students will need to download and fill out the “Participant Information Form”
- Both completed forms will need to be emailed to Jan Hall, Career Ready Manager (Ontario Region) at email@example.com for review. A response can be expected between 10 to 30 business days
For more information, contact:
- SWPP program from Mining Industry Human Resources COuncil is called Gearing Up.
- Details Available: https://www.mihr.ca/pdf/GearingUp_Applicant_Guide_Apr2018.pdf
- Application: https://www.mihr.ca/careers/wage-subsidy-programs/gearing-u
Venture for Canada Website: https://www.ventureforcanada.ca/student-internship-program-info/
- Companies need to be admitted by the organization first before their jobs will be released to SWPP candidates that have been pre-approved by the organization.
- For any business with 2 to 500 employees that are based in Atlantic Canada. No industry restrction.