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Funding Opportunities

Are you looking to hire a student for your organization? You may be eligible to receive additional funding.

Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Apply to the Canada Summer Jobs program using Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS). EXTENDED DEADLINE - Applications are due by February 3, 2019, 6:00 p.m. EST. For more details and the application form, visit


BC Tech Co-op Grants

Are you a BC-based company with less than 100 employees? You may be eligible for a BC Tech Co-op Grant of up to $2,700 when you hire a student. The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program provides almost a 25% subsidy towards a co-op student’s salary.  The program is designed to help employers who are hiring young talent and to introduce students to tech-related careers. BC businesses benefit from co-op students’ fresh ideas and readiness to learn, while students gain work experience and valuable business and technical skills.

The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program is open and accepting applications from May 2017 - April 2019. Companies are eligible for up to four $2,700 grants per program year (May - April). Applications can be submitted both retroactively and proactively.

Learn more about your eligibility for a BC Tech Co-op Grant.


Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

SWPP, short for Student Work Placement Program, is a federally funded program aimed at increasing Co-op opportunities nationally. There are five partners responsible for administering funding available through SWPP. The five partners are listed below and can be contacted directly for more information.


ECO Canada

ECO Canada's new CO-OP Program provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% to a maximum of $5000 to employers hiring students in an environmental role. As part of Canada's Work-Integrated Learning strategy, ECO Canada is matching students with employers in the environmental sector to help them on the path to a bright career.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


BioTalent Canada

BioTalent is one of the delivery partners for the SWPP funding and will provide $6 million in wage subsidies over four years for 1,000 co-op placements for students to gain work experience in Canadian biotech companies. The bio-economy is defined as any economic activity derived from scientific and research activity in the bio-technology fields. This includes bio-health, bio-fuels, bio-industrial and agri-bio.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC)

ICTC is one of the delivery partners for the SWPP funding for companies in high growth sectors including Fintech, clean tech, e-health, cybersecurity, entertainment AND gaming, innovative manufacturing, intelligent retail and other sectors considered to be growing rapidly.

Learn more about funding available through ICTC at


Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

Current post-secondary students who are studying in the areas of Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike programs and are in an official work term program qualify for the Career Ready program. The program provides up to 50% (up to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies.

Visit to learn more about funding available.


Canadian Council of Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA)

The Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace is one of the delivery partners for the SWPP funding and provides funding for companies working with drones, rockets, satellite design, un-manned vehicles, flight operations and manufacturing.

Learn more about funding available through CCAA at


Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to announce the launch of its Career-Launcher Internship program that connects employers with skilled post-secondary graduates by providing up to $15,000 towards an intern’s salary.

CICan’s Career-Launcher Internships provide access to two different program streams focused on the green economy: Clean Tech Internships, which CICan has been offering since 2015, and Natural Resources Internships. Both programs are funded by the Government of Canada as part of the Youth Employment Strategy and aim to help students transition to long‑term employment or pursue advanced studies through hands-on experience and mentorship. The results to date are compelling – more than 75% of those who have completed their internship are now either employed in their field or continuing their education

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has an available funding opportunity!  Check the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) for details.

Association for Co-operative Education

Considering hiring a co-op student for your organization? You may be eligible for these funding opportunities. Visit

School Works Co-op Wage Subsidy Program

The School Works: Co-op Wage Subsidy provides wage subsidies to employers in the Trust's region to help them hire post-secondary students enrolled in full-time education and participating in a recognized university or college co-op education program.

Learn more about funding available through School Works at

United Nations Association in Canada - Green Spaces

UNAC's Green Spaces is currently accepting employers for their wage subsidy programme. Green Spaces is an employment initiative that offers students aged 15-30 the opportunity to gain work experience in an environmental and sustainability-focus field. They offer a wage subsidy to hire students of approximately 50% for 8-16 weeks. They would love to get in touch if your organization could use funding for a short-term, talented addition to your team.

Learn more about funding available through UNAC's Green Spaces at


Career Focus - Aunt Leah's Place

Career Focus is a 12-week youth work experience placement program designed to support and advance long-term career goals.  The program provides employers the opportunity to facilitate their success. Through substantial wage subsidies and advanced training funding for employers, youth will have the opportunity to gain practical work experience and pursue vocational training to enhance skills.  Employers may be provided advance skills training funding on a case by case basis in areas relevant to which the participant is employed.  The project is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada's Career Focus Program.

Apply to the Career Focus program through Aunt Leah's Place by contacting Krista Pilz, Development Officer, at or call 778.773.6197.  Information can be found at Aunt Leah's Place - Career Focus. The project ends March 31, 2019.  Participants hired on December 13, 2018 or later are eligible for this funding. 

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