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Employer Funding Opportunities for Hiring KPU Students

Employers – please utilize this resource page to find information on potential wage subsidies for hiring KPU students. Click on program names that you feel may be applicable to your organization, read the drop-down program description, and reach out to the contact/link provided for further information.

SWPP Funding

'SWPP" refers to the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program, whose funding is divided amongst a number of delivery partners and their individual subsidies. To learn more about the SWPP, click here.

BioTalent Canada

Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs 

The Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for STEM career placement opportunities in the natural resources sector linked to the green economy.

Funding: Up to 80% to a maximum of $25,000/yr or $32,000/yr for the salary of youth furthest from employment.

Eligible Employers: No specific criteria provided.

Eligible Hires: Non-students who are under the age of 31, not yet employed to the organization applying for funding, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee and legally entitled to work in Canada. Note: participants must be approved for program participation prior to starting the placement.

Program Contact: Sue Callaghan, Acting Outreach Officer, scallaghan@biotalent.ca, 613-235-1402 ext. 320

Learn more: https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/green-jobs-science-and-technology-internship-program/

SWPP

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM, healthcare, business, and all other programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Funding: 50% up to a maximum of $5,000 for a student salary and 70% up to a maximum of $7,000 for the salary of first-year students and under-represented groups.

Eligible Employers: All employers and post-secondary institutions who are creating a work-integrated learning opportunity, who meet the program criteria, and are either a biotechnology or healthcare-focused company themselves or are offering a position with a biotechnology or healthcare focus.

Eligible Hires: Full-time or part-time students at a Canadian post-secondary education institution who are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee who is legally entitled to work in Canada. Please note that international students are not eligible.

Program Contact: Sue Callaghan, Acting Outreach Officer, scallaghan@biotalent.ca, 613-235-1402 ext. 320

Learn more: https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/student-work-placement-program/%C2%A0

Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC) - SWPP

This program creates work placements in the agriculture sector, targeting students in both agriculture-related programs and disciplines not related to agriculture (e.g. STEM and Business), with a focus on under-represented groups.

Funding: 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each net new placement or 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each net new placement for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, visible minority as well as first-year students.

Eligible Employers: Registered Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations from the agriculture industry who are willing to hire students from both agriculture and non-agriculture background and/or willing to hire post-secondary students from under-represented groups such as women in STEM, first-year students, Indigenous communities, students with disabilities, visible minorities and newcomers to Canada. Companies must be committed to paying the student for the role and having the financial capacity to pay the student for the duration of the placement in full.

Eligible Hires: Registered domestic students in a recognized post-secondary institution in a full-time or part-time program who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations, and undertaking a placement recognized as a Work-Integrated Learning component by the student’s institution in connection with a course, degree, certificate, diploma, or other recognized program offered by the institution.

Program Contact:  Nadee Imran, AgriTalent Program Manager, nimran@cahrc-ccrha.ca

Learn more: https://cahrc-ccrha.ca/programs/agri-talent#section-overview

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) - SWPP

This program supports the creation of more work-integrated learning placements for students enrolled in post-secondary studies across Canada, helping those in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get work experience they need to prepare for jobs in these high-demand fields.

Funding: Up to 70% of the wage cost for each work term placement (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for students with disabilities, students belonging to visible minorities groups, students who are new immigrants, women in STEM, indigenous students and first year students or up to 50% (with a maximum of $5,000 per placement) for all other students.

Eligible Employers: Canadian aviation and aerospace companies, businesses that provide goods and services to support the aviation and aerospace industry, and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions such as colleges, CEGEPs, polytechnics and universities.

Eligible Hires: Full-time or part-time students in a Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) institution who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, and who are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Program Contact: Chidimma Ikwueto, Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator, cikwueto@avaerocouncil.ca, 418-261-6034

Learn more: https://www.avaerocouncil.ca/en/swpp

Canadian Media Producers Association - National Mentorship Program SWPP

Funding: Between $4,080-$5,712 at minimum, depending on whether or not the hired person falls into the federal government's priority hiring groups.

Eligible Employers: Members of the CMPA who are co-applying with a mentee candidate and will contribute toward the mentee stipend as described in the program criteria,

Eligible Hires: Post-secondary students enrolled in an accredited educational institution who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees who are legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Program Contact: Sarolta Csete, Director, Mentorship and International Development, sarolta.csete@cmpa.ca, 613-688-0952

Learn more: https://cmpa.ca/mentorship/?toolkit=swpp

Cultural Human Resources Council - SWPP

This program aims to help PSE (post-secondary education) students gain work-ready skills to integrate more rapidly into the workforce through two activity streams:

1. Create more work placements for PSE students

2. Establish partnerships between educators and employers

Funding: Up to 75% of wages (maximum $7,500) for an internship, practicum, co-op education, entrepreneurship, or field placement position.

Eligible Employers: For-profit and not-for-profit employers of all sizes in the cultural sector. Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments are not eligible.

Eligible Hires: Registered students in a recognized PSE institution in any program or field of study who are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee and are legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live.

Learn more: https://www.culturalhrc.ca/news/2021/chrc-newsletter-june-2021-continued#1/

ECO Canada

Environmental Employability Pathways (EEP)

This program is part of the government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program to help all youth (age 15 to 30) to navigate through the labour market and to successfully transition into sustained employment.

Funding: 50% of wages up to $15,000

Eligible Employers: Canadian-owned organizations or subsidiaries.

Eligible Hires: Persons aged between 15-30 (inclusive) who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and who are legally entitled to work in Canada and according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Learn more: https://eco.ca/environmental-professionals/employment-funding-and-job-board/apply-for-job-funding/ 

Co-op SWPP

This program works with institutions and employers across Canada to fund work for students as they transition from their field of study into meaningful employment in the environmental sector.

Funding: 50% of wages up to $5000, with additional funding available for underrepresented groups. Federal funding, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), cannot exceed 100% of the wages when combined with this funding.

Eligible Employers: Canadian-owned organizations or subsidiaries. Municipalities, territorial or provincial governments, as well as post-secondary institutions are not eligible under this program.

Eligible Hires: Post-secondary students.

Learn more: https://eco.ca/environmental-professionals/employment-funding-and-job-board/apply-for-job-funding/ 

Youth in Natural Resources (YNR)

This program provides wage funding for employers looking to onboard young professionals for full-time work placements and job training and offers eligible employers salary coverage to create STEM-related jobs within natural resources sectors and/or with a positive environmental outcome.

Funding: 80% of wages up to $18,000 with additional funding available for underrepresented groups.

Eligible Employers: Canadian-owned organizations or subsidiaries.

Eligible Hires: Persons aged 30 and under who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or hold refugee status in Canada.

Learn more: https://eco.ca/environmental-professionals/employment-funding-and-job-board/apply-for-job-funding/ 

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) - Empowering Futures SWPP 

This program is Canada’s Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry. Aimed at preparing students for the future of work, the program will create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity by providing subsidies to the organizations who create these new opportunities.

Funding: 50% of the student’s gross paystubs, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per placement, or 70% of the student’s gross paystubs, up to a maximum of $7,000.00 per placement, for first year students, women in STEM, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those who identify as a member of a visible minority group.

Eligible Employers: Canadian-owned organizations or subsidiaries that:

• Generate, transmit and/or distribute electrical power as the primary business activity, OR

• Are engaged in manufacturing equipment and providing services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power, OR

• Are engaged in supporting the sector in areas such as renewables, R&D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, or smart energy communities.

Eligible Hires: Registered students in a recognized PSE institution who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees and are legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live.

Program Contact: Yoana Turnin, Project Manager, turnin@electricityhr.ca, 613-235-5540 ext. 243

Learn more: https://electricityhr.ca/empowering-futures/

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium - WIL Works SWPP

This program provides value to manufacturing employers by providing wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements. This program works to create partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics, and CEGEPs, to help develop a pipeline of future employment-ready graduates.

Funding: 50% of a student's wages, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per placement, or 70% of a student's wages, up to a maximum of $7,000.00 per placement, for first year students, women in STEM, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those who identify as a member of a visible minority group.

Eligible Employers: Registered Canadian businesses or organizations who are members of Canada's manufacturing and related sectors, are not federal or provincial government organizations nor post-secondary institutions, are able to pay the student consistently, and adhere to the net new regulations implemented for Summer 2022 terms and beyond. For more criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: Registered students in a recognized PSE institution who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, are legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live, and are enrolled in a program or course where a work placement is part of their study plan.

Program Contacts: Wendy Gray, Senior Project Coordinator, wgray@emccanada.org, 519-377-5709 and Natalie Lafleche, Project Coordinator, nlafleche@emccanada.org, 902-293-0138

Learn more: https://offers.emccanada.org/en-ca/emcwil

Food Processing Skills Canada - SWPP

This program has been designed to support employers in connecting with students across all educational categories from food science to business, engineering and quality assurance and will connect colleges and universities, employers, community agencies and industry associations in the common goal of attracting skilled and enthusiastic new leaders to the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing industry.

Funding: Up to 75% of a student's wages, up to a maximum of $7500 per placement, for first year students, women in STEM, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those who identify as a member of a visible minority group.

Eligible Employers: For the list of criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: Students who are in their first year, women in STEM, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those who identify as a member of a visible minority group.

Program Contact: Deborah McGowan, Project Manager, dmcgowan@fpsc-ctac.com, 902-616-2317

Learn more: https://swpp-fpsc.com/

Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) - WIL Digital SWPP

This program helps develop talent for the emerging ICT sectors, support businesses, and increase digital adoption in Canada and helps employers grow their businesses by providing wage subsidies for hiring post-secondary students.

Funding: 50% of the student’s salary up to $5,000, or 70% up to $7,000 for underrepresented students.

Eligible Employers: Registered Canadian businesses and non-profits who are able to hire a student for the full work term and pay them consistently for a net new position that is not replacing a displaced worker or filling a role left vacant due to a labor dispute. For further criteria, please see the link below.

Eligible Hires: Students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations, and are enrolled in a program at a Canadian accredited post-secondary institutions during the work placement period.

Program Contact: Shawna Ruglass-Breakenridge, WIL Digital Outreach Coordinator & Program Administrator, s.bruglass@ictc-ctic.ca, 613-237-8551

Learn more: https://www.wil-ait.digital/en/

Magnet - SWPP

This program brings together employers, students, and post-secondary school stakeholders to create quality WIL opportunities by providing employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences, which allows students to benefit with quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study.

Funding: 50% of a net new placement's wages, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per placement, or 70% of a net new placement's wages, up to a maximum of $7,000.00 per placement, for underrepresented groups such as first year students, women in STEM, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those who identify as a member of a visible minority group. Partial provincial, territorial and municipal funds are permitted to be combined with SWPP, but only funds from non-governmental sources are eligible for subsidy. Combination with federal funding programs is not eligible. This may include, but is not limited to, an award/grant from other federal funding programs, Canada Summer Jobs, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Student Work Placement Program administered through another delivery partner (full list available here), etc.

Eligible Employers: Registered Canadian businesses and not-for-profits who are willing to provide a quality work-integrated learning experience to a post-secondary student and have the financial capacity to pay the student for the duration of the placement in full (the wage subsidy will be administered after receiving all supporting documentation, at the end of the placement). For further criteria, please see the link below.

Eligible Hires: Domestic students in a recognized post-secondary institution who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations, are undertaking a placement that is recognized as work-integrated learning in connection with a course, degree, certificate, diploma, or other recognized program offered by the institution. , and are in a full or part-time program from any program of study.

Learn more: https://swpp.magnet.today/#employers

Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) - Gearing UP SWPP

This project is intended to drive systemic change by aligning post-secondary student skills training with industry requirements through mining employer delivery of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunitie; the program helps students develop skills and experience through WIL, aiding in their transition to long-term employment in the mining sector or the pursuit of advanced studies upon graduation..

Funding: 50% of a hire's wages, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per placement, or 70% of a hire's wages, up to a maximum of $7,000.00 per placement, for underrepresented groups such as first year students, women in STEM, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those who identify as a member of a visible minority group. Partial provincial, territorial and municipal funds are permitted to be combined with the Government of Canada’s SWP Program, but only funds from non-governmental sources are eligible for subsidy. Combining a wage subsidy from this program with other federal funding programs is not eligible.

Eligible Employers: Canadian-owned organizations and Canadian subsidiaries who are involved in the mining and mineral exploration sectors in one of the following categories:

• Small, medium or large companies

• Not-for-profit organizations.

Post-secondary education institutions are not eligible employers.

Eligible Hires: Students who are registered in a full-time or part-time post-secondary program in a Canadian post-secondary institution, are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, are legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live, and are studying in fields related to STEM and/or business.

Learn more: https://mihr.ca/career-development/gearing-up/

Ontario Chamber of Commerce - Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) SWPP

This program is designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on WIL placements.

Funding: 50% of a net new placement's wages, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per placement, or 70% of a net new placement's wages, up to a maximum of $7,000.00 per placement, for underrepresented groups such as first year students, women in STEM, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those who identify as a member of a visible minority group.

Eligible Employers: Registered Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations except for federal, provincial, territorial or municipal governments (and organizations that are extensions of them), members of the House of Commons and the Senate, organizations that engage in partisan political activities, and major financial sector employers.

Eligible Hires: Students registered at a recognized Canadian college or university who are enrolled in a program or course where a work placement is part of their study plan and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or refugees.

Learn more: https://occ.ca/talent-opportunities-program/

TECHNATION - Career Ready SWPP

This program supports businesses by financing their decision to hire a student for a work-term placement, which in turn creates a rewarding opportunity for the student to apply their learning in real-world settings and puts them on a path to a bright career.

Funding: 50% of a hire's wages, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per placement, or 70% of a hire's wages, up to a maximum of $7,000.00 per placement, for underrepresented groups such as first year students, women in STEM, new Canadians (within 5 years), persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and visible minorities.

Eligible Employers: Registered Canadian businesses and non-profits who can provide a meaningful, tech-focused work placement opportunity to a student and are able to pay them consistently throughout the term. Large financial sector employers are not eligible, as well as post-secondary institutions and municipalities.

Eligible Hires: Students registered in an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution and working in a role that is tech-immersive (the student does not have to be studying tech as their degree focus). 

Program Contact: Rashim Katyal, Program Coordinator, rkatyal@technationcanada.ca

Learn more: https://technationcanada.ca/en/future-workforce-development/career-ready-program/

Tourism HR Canada - Propel SWPP

This program offers post-secondary students opportunities to develop the work-ready skills required to secure meaningful employment upon graduation.

Funding: 50% of a hire's wages, up to a maximum of $5,000.00 per placement, or 70% of a hire's wages, up to a maximum of $7,000.00 per placement, for underrepresented groups such as first year students, women in STEM, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and visible minorities.

Eligible Employers: Registered Canadian businesses, startups, and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector offering net new placements.

Eligible Hires: Domestic students who are registered at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in a program with a work placement component and are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Learn more: https://tourismhr.ca/programs-and-services/propel-student-work-placement-program/

Trucking HR Canada - SWPP

This program works to increase the job readiness of students registered in post-secondary programs.

Funding: Wage subsidies of a maximum of 50%, with up to $5,000 for every student work placement provided.

Eligible Employers: No specific employer eligibility requirements.

Eligible Hires: Students who are able to provide proof of part/full time enrollment in a Canadian post-secondary institution, are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, and are legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live.

Learn more: https://truckinghr.com/student-work-placement-subsidy/

Venture for Canada (VFC)

Internship Program

This program exposes driven university and college students to entrepreneurial & work-readiness training so they can contribute from day one.

Funding: 50-70% wage subsidies (capped at $7,000), per student per term. Employers are required to pay Interns a minimum wage of $15.00/hour or higher via payroll. This funding subsidizes both hourly wages. Half of your allowable subsidy is paid within six weeks of your intern's start date, and the remainder is paid upon completion of the placement. All eligible internships qualify for a 50% wage subsidy. To receive a 70% wage subsidy, employers must hire a student from an underrepresented group, such as a women studying in STEM, a disabled student, an Indigenous student, a newcomer to Canada, or a first-year student.

Eligible Employers: Small or medium-sized businesses, start-ups, social enterprises, nonprofits, or charities with a physical office (pre-Covid) in either the Northern Territories, BC, AB, SK, MB, QC, NB, NS, PE or NL and who employ fewer than 500 people and provide a safe and supportive internship that develops innovation or entrepreneurial skill-building opportunities.

Eligible Hires: Full and part-time students enrolled in an accredited Canadian college or university studying any discipline at any diploma or degree level who hold Canadian citizenship, Permanent Residency or refugee status.

Learn more: https://ventureforcanada.ca/employers/interns

Intrapreneurship Program

This program funds students from underserved communities to work on employer projects while they gain invaluable experience.

Funding: No specific funding amount outlined.

Eligible Employers: Organizations that operate in any Canadian province or territory, have fewer than 500 staff members, are interested in diversifying voices and talent at their organization, will submit a project that contributes to the innovation of their organization, and are able to ensure that their project develops at least one out of 5 skills: communication, teamwork, resiliency, analytical capabilities or problem solving.

Eligible Hires: Students in underserved communities, including BIPOC, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, women in/studying STEM fields, students living in rural/non-urban communities.

Learn more: https://ventureforcanada.ca/employers/intrapreneurship

Non-SWPP Funding

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) - Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP)

The Youth Employment and Skills Program provides a wage subsidy to employers who hire youth for agricultural jobs. 

Funding: Between 50- 80% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000; up to 80% of costs to a max amount of $5,000 in additional support to employers hiring a youth facing barriers.

Eligible Employers: Indigenous individuals or organizations and/or employers who hire a youth facing barriers as well as agricultural-related businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who can offer opportunities that will give youth agriculture career-related work experiences and skills.

Eligible Hires: Youth between the ages of 15 and 30 inclusive when the project stared, unemployed or underemployed, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or a refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and not in receipt of Employment Insurance during the work term.

Learn more: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/youth-employment-and-skills-program/?id=1557778999519

BC Arts Council (BCAC)

Co-op Placements

The Project Assistance: Co-op Placements program assists organizations to hire students through co-op placements and work-integrated learning programs for professional work experience in the arts and culture sector.

Funding: Up to $10,000 for per work term of up to 16 weeks.

Eligible Employers: For the full criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: Student who are enrolled in a Co-op or WIL program and are eligible to work in Canada. International students are eligible.

Program Contact: Erin Macklem, Program Advisor, Erin.Macklem@gov.bc.ca, 778-698-1416

Learn more: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program/co-op-placements/

Arts Impact Grant

The Arts Impact Grant allows arts and cultural organizations in B.C. to prioritize a project that will provide the most necessary and meaningful impact to their organization, practice, and/or community post-pandemic.

Funding: Up to $30,000, which can equal up to 100% of the total project budget. Funding priority may be given to projects from organizations led by and/or rooted in Indigenous communities, underserved communities, and regional areas in B.C.

Eligible Employers: For the full criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: This program is not directly a SWPP; rather, funding from this grant can be used for projects where the hiring of a co-op student is part of the budget.

Program Contact: Nicola Dunne, Program Advisor, Nicola.Dunne@gov.bc.ca, 778 405-4007

Learn more: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program/arts-impact-grant/

BC Tech Association

Tech Co-op Grant

The Tech Co-op Grant provides technology-based company looking to grow or a non-tech business looking to grow your innovation, a new method, idea or product with funding to hire co-op students.

Funding: A maximum of four grants each per program year valued at $2,700 (which equals a total value of $10,800)

Eligible Employers: B.C.-based businesses with less than 100 employees on payroll who are either tech companies hiring for any co-op term role or non-tech companies or organizations hiring for a co-op term tech role.

Eligible Hires: Student who are enrolled in a Co-op or WIL program and are eligible to work in Canada.

Learn more: https://wearebctech.com/bc-tech-co-op-grants-program-1/

Digital Lift Internship Program

BC Tech’s Internship program provides skilled individuals with exciting internship experiences at technology companies and in tech roles at non-tech companies across the province, while providing valuable subsidies to employers to help grow and scale their teams.

Funding: No minimum or maximum amount outlined.

Eligible Employers: BC businesses who are BC Tech Members (note: they can be tech companies or non-tech companies).

Eligible Hires: Individuals eligible to work in Canada (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, etc.) with priority given to those who self-identify as a member of an under-represented group.

Learn more: https://wearebctech.com/priorities/growing-the-tech-talent-pool/digital-lift-tech-internships/

Canada Revenue Agency - Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit

The British Columbia SR&ED Tax Credit Program is designed to encourage research and development in British Columbia that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes.

Funding: No minimum or maximum amount.

Eligible Employers: For the full list of employer eligilibity requirements, please consult the list below.

Eligible Hires: No specific eligibility requirements.

Learn more: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/income-taxes/corporate/credits/scientific-research-development; https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/scientific-research-experimental-development-tax-incentive-program.html

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) - Housing Internship Initiative for Indigenous Youth (HIIY)

This program provides financial assistance – a wage subsidy – to organizations and businesses in the housing sector to hire Indigenous youth for internship positions.

Funding: No minimum or maximum amount- employers looking to sponsoqr interns have to provide a funding ask in their application.

Eligible Employers: Indigenous governments and affiliated organizations including Band and Tribal Councils and self-government entities and public, private or not-for-profit non-Indigenous employers seeking to employ Indigenous youth.

Eligible Hires: Indigenous youth (defined as First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Métis and Inuit between the ages of 15 and 30) who will not be receiving Employment Insurance while they participate in the HIIY program, will discontinue Employment Insurance benefits before starting the internship, will not be employed elsewhere during the internship.

Learn more: https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/green-jobs-science-and-technology-internship-program/

Career Launcher

Clean Tech Internships

This program helps employers hire clean tech interns, giving those students the chance to apply their STEM skills through hands-on experience and mentorship.

Funding: Up to $30,000 for an intern’s salary, training and wrap-around service costs. 

Eligible Employers: Employers with an established payroll system who are set up to receive payments by direct deposit, have a process for supervising and mentoring interns, encourage their intern to consider the wrap-around services or training they qualify for, and are a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

• Post-secondary education institution

• Indigenous organization (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)

• Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees

• Large corporation, more than 500 employees

• Non-government organization (NGO)

• Not-for-profit organization

• Municipal or local government

• Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation

Eligible Hires: Post-secondary graduates between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship who are either Canadian citizens, permanent residents or refugees, are legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations, and are available to work for at least six months (26 weeks).

Learn more: https://www.careerlauncher.ca/employers/our-internship-programs/clean-te...

Digital Tech Internships

This program allows organizations to hire a digital tech intern and give an underemployed–yet highly skilled–grad the experience they need to find career-oriented work. The program is funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada as part of their Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) Program.

Funding: Up to $28,000 for an intern’s salary and training expenses.

Eligible Employers: Employers who have an established payroll system, are set up to receive payments by direct deposit, have a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and are a Canadian for-profit or not-for-profit organization or subsidiary with 500 employees or less.

Eligible Hires: Post-secondary graduates (unless the hire is a resident of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut applying for an internship in those territories) who are underemployed, between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship, a Canadian citizen, permanent residents or refugee, are legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations, and are available to work up to six months (26 weeks)

Learn more: https://www.careerlauncher.ca/employers/our-internship-programs/digital-...

ImpAct Internships

This funding can help companies create an SDG ambassador in their community by hiring students, recent grads, and youth disproportionally affected by COVID-19 for impactful work experience.

Funding: Up to $10,000 for up to 100% of an intern’s salary. Employers must cover the Mandatory Employer Related Costs (MERCs). Priority will be given to internships supporting youth whose access to employment was disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.

Eligible Employers: Employers who demonstrate that they are committed to meaningfully responding to up to three or more Canadian SDG ambitions identified in the 2030 National Strategy and to helping youth transition into the labour force and help them secure employment at the end of the internship. Employers must have an established payroll system, be set up to receive payments by direct deposit, have a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and be a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

• Post-secondary education institution

• Indigenous organization or association

• Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees

• Large corporation, more than 500 employees

• Non-government organization (NGO)

• Not-for-profit organization

• Municipal or local government

• Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation

Eligible Hires: Post-secondary graduates between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship who are either Canadian citizens, permanent residents or refugees, are legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations, and are available to participate for a minimum 3 months (13 weeks) to a maximum of 6 months (26 weeks) in a full-time capacity.

Learn more: https://www.careerlauncher.ca/employers/our-internship-programs/impact/

Natural Resource Internships

This program allows organizations to hire an intern in a position that supports the sustainable development of Canada’s natural resources and give them the chance to apply their skills in a green job. You can get up to $32,000 towards their salary and training expenses. This program is funded by Natural Resources Canada as part of their Science and Technology Internship Program.

Funding: Up to $25,000 for an intern’s salary and up to $32,000 for the salary of Indigenous youth, youth living with disabilities and youth living in Northern or remote communities.

Eligible Employers: Employers with an established payroll system who are set up to receive payments by direct deposit, have a process for supervising and mentoring interns, and are a Canadian company or subsidiary in one of the following categories:

• Post-secondary education institution

• Indigenous organization (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)

• Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), less than 500 employees

• Large corporation, more than 500 employees

• Non-government organization (NGO)

• Not-for-profit organization

• Municipal or local government

• Provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown corporation 

Eligible Hires: Interns between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship who are either Canadian citizens, permanent residents or refugees, are legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations, and are available to work up to 11 months.

Learn more: https://www.careerlauncher.ca/employers/our-internship-programs/natural-...

Columbian Basin Trust

Apprentice Wage Subsidy

This program provides a wage subsidy to employers in the Columbia Basin to provide employment to apprentices to complete their Red Seal workbased requirements for various trades. The program supports the retention of participating apprentices if the employer chooses to retain them to complete work-based training requirements in the same trade.

Funding: $8.00/hour for Level 1 and 2 apprenticeship training and $4.00/hour if the same apprentice is retained beyond their Level 2 work-based training requirements for the same trade to complete further levels of their apprenticeship. You can apply for support for up to two apprentices at a time. The program will subsidize a maximum number of hours, depending on the trade.

Eligible Employers: For the full criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: Apprentices living and working in the Basin during the period of employment who are legally entitled to work in Canada, have completed a minimum of grade 11 or be enrolled in an ITA approved Youth Train in Trades Program, have taken (or will soon take) the technical training they need to complete Level 1 within a year of the start of employment, and have read and understand the process of apprenticeship.

Learn more: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/apprentice-wage-subsi...

School Works: Co-op Wage Subsidy

This program provides a wage subsidy to employers in the Columbia Basin to help them hire post-secondary students enrolled in full-time education and participating in a recognized university or college co-op education program.

Funding: $8 per hour for one student for up to 40 hours per week for 12 to 16 weeks in alignment with an academic semester.

Eligible Employers: For the full criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: Post-secondary students who are living and working in the Basin during the period of employment, are enrolled in full-time education and registered with a university or college co-op education program, are legally entitled to work in Canada, and are aged 15 or older before the employment start date.

Learn more: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/co-op-wage-subsidy/

School Works: Wage Subsidy

This program provides wage subsidies to employers to help them hire full-time students on part-time basis throughout the school year to provide opportunities for students to gain career-related work experience in the Basin.

Funding: $8 per hour for one student for up to 1 to 15 hours per week for 12 to 38 weeks.

Eligible Employers: For the full criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: Full-time high school or post-secondary student who live in the Basin, are currently attending school in person in the Basin or online, are legally entitled to work in Canada, and are aged 15 or older before the employment start date.

Learn more: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/school-works-wage-sub...

Summer Works Program

This program provides small businesses with a wage subsidy to hire full-time high school and post-secondary students during the school summer break.

Funding: No minimum or maximum funding amount provided.

Eligible Employers: Small businesses with headquarters in the Columbia Basin Trust's region.  Note: non-profits are not eligible for this program.

Eligible Hires: No hire eligibility requirements provided.

Learn more: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/summer-works-wage-sub...

Basin Food Producer Wage Subsidy

This program provides support to primary food producers in the Basin. The program will provide flexibility to farmers to hire employees as needed throughout the 2022 growing and harvesting season. 

Funding: No minimum or maximum funding amount provided.

Eligible Employers: Primary food producers with farms and ownership located in the Columbia Basin Trust region and who grow grains, vegetables, fruit or forage or raise livestock for meat or dairy products.

Eligible Hires: No hire eligibility requirements provided.

Learn more: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/basin-food-producer-w...

Food Producer and Processor Career Internship Program

This program is designed to financially support employers with retaining an emerging professional who demonstrates a commitment to a career in local food production/processing. 

Funding: Up to 70 per cent of an intern’s salary and mandatory employment related costs (up to $25,000 over a five to 12-month term) for seasonal or permanent, year-round, career-focused positions that lead to permanent employment.

Eligible Employers: Primary food producers (vegetables, dairy, grains, fruit, forage and livestock), non-profits involved in food processing, and First Nations within the the Trust region that are food production/processing focused, have been in operation a minimum of one year and that have a demonstrated fiscal and organizational need for an intern and wage funding.

Eligible Hires: No hire eligibility requirements provided.

Program Contact: Leah Biln, Program Coordinator, Delivery of Benefits, lbiln@ourtrust.org, 1-800-505-8998

Learn more: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/food-producer-and-pro...

Government of Canada

Canada Summer Jobs

This program is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market, and its objectives are to provide quality work experiences for youth, respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers, and provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills.

Funding: Uup to 100% of the provincial or territorial adult minimum hourly wage and all associated Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) for not-for-profits; up to 50 % of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for public and private sector employers. 

Eligible Employers: Not-for-profit, public sector, and private sector employers. Ineligible employers include members of the House of Commons and the Senate, federal government departments and agencies, provincial departments and agencies, and organizations that engage in partisan political activities.

Eligible Hires: Youth between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees and who have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Learn more: www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html

Get Youth Working!

This program offers employment counselling, job entry skills, certificate training, paid work experience, mentoring and post job placement support to eligible youth and negotiated wage subsidy incentives for employers that hire and train eligible youth in jobs offering long-term employment.

Funding: No minimum or maximum amount.

Eligible Employers: Organizations who have been in operation for at least one year, are in good standing with WorkSafeBC, and will employ youth for a minimum of 3 months with preference given to long-term positions over 6 months. Employers will not qualify if the prospective employee is hired prior to signing a Get Youth Working Funding Agreement.

Eligible Hires: Youth between 17 to 29 years of age who are unemployed or precariously employed, are seeking long-term employment, are not a full-time student (i.e. enrolled in high school or in post-secondary training), are not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program (excluding WorkBC), are a resident of BC (living in BC as a Canadian, a permanent resident or a protected person), and are legally entitled to work in Canada (not utilizing any type of Visa (i.e work or student).

Learn more: https://www.getyouthworking.ca/employers

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

This program helps Canadian students to acquire, through jobs, the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the heritage sector labour market, and to consider career choices in the heritage sector.

Funding: Typically between 50% to 75% of eligible employment costs. Priority will be given to employers whose contributions are close to 50% of the costs of the employment. Government priorities will also be taken into account, including Indigenous organizations, Indigenous youth, Indigenous cultural heritage (First Nations, Inuit or Métis), underserved communities and populations (i.e. Indigenous communities, ethno-cultural communities, youth that are facing barriers to employment, etc.). If employers hire a person with a disability, YCWHO may reimburse a maximum of $3,000 per participant for reasonable costs related to job accommodation requirements. The maximum program contribution is $10,000 per job.

Eligible Employers: For the list of criteria, please consult the link included below.

Eligible Hires: Students and graduate interns who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, are legally entitled to work in Canada, are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment, meet the specific eligibility criteria of the program to which you apply, are registered in the YCW online candidate inventory, are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment, and do not have another full-time job during the YCW work assignment. Students in an YCW employment program must also be registered as a high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the work assignment and intend to return to studies during or after the work assignment.

Learn more: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/employers/heritage-organizations-employers.html

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

This program supports activities that assist youth in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options.

Funding: Up to 100% of eligible expenditures for not-for-profit organizations and up to 50% of eligible expenditures for private sector employers.

Eligible Employers: First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations, First Nations schools or federal schools on reserve, not-for-profit associations, and private sector employers. Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Eligible Hires: First Nations and Inuit youth aged 15 to 30 who are either ordinarily resident on reserve or in a recognized community (an approved settlement on Crown land), or Inuit who are residents in Canada, but who reside outside their territory, and are no longer eligible to be funded by their territory. Mentored work placements are for youth who are not in school or are unemployed or underemployed. Co-operative education placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to secondary 5), enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school. For activities promoting careers and science and technology, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

Learn more: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033627/1533125289674

First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) 

This program supports projects that allow youth to learn about career options and earn an income that may contribute to a university or college education.

Funding: No minimum or maximum funding amount provided.

Eligible Employers: First Nations and Inuit communities, governments, and organizations, not-for-profit associations, and private sector employers.

Eligible Hires: First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students aged 15 to 30 inclusive who ordinarily resident on reserve or in recognized communities or on community lands, are legally entitled to work in Canada, are registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year, and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.

Learn more: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033610/1533125433575

Innovate BC - Ignite 

This program provides funding for innovation projects in the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering. Teams made up of industry and academia come together to solve real life business problems in a 3-year time frame.

Funding: Up to $300,000 paid in annual instalments of approximately equal amounts, following submission of annual reports.Applicants are required to secure $2 external matching dollars for every $1 requested from Ignite. External matching dollars can come from industry, government or a combination thereof. A maximum of 50% of the matched funds can be from government sources, including federal funding sources such as NSERC, IRAP & Mitacs. A maximum of 50% of the matching funds can be from in-kind sources.

Eligible Employers: British Columbia-based partnerships comprised of two or more companies, organizations, and academic researchers. At a minimum, the project partnership must include one British Columbia-based academic partner and one British Columbia-based industry partner as project leads.

Eligible Hires: There is no specific student hire eligibility requirements- funding from this program can be used for many aspects of a project, including hiring.

Learn more: https://innovatebc.ca/what-we-offer/get-funding/ignite/

Mitacs - Accelerate

This program empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to pressing problems and helps to provide academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support for research challenges.

Funding: Either a $15,000 research award, to which funding receivers would contribute an additional $7,500 per 4- to 6-month unit, or a $13,300 research award for six or more units with three or more interns, to which funding receivers would contribute an additional $6,000 per project unit.

Eligible Employers: For-profit corporations and eligible not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and hospitals in Canada and for-profit businesses operating outside Canada.

Eligible Hires: There is no specific student hire eligibility requirements- funding from this program can be used for many aspects of a project, including hiring.

Learn more: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate#business

National Research Council of Canada (NRC) - Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

This program provides funding to support research and development projects at various stages of the innovation cycle.

Funding: No specific minimim or maximum amount given.

Eligible Employers: Small or medium‑sized Canadian businesses pursuing technology‑driven innovation.

Eligible Hires: There is no specific student hire eligibility requirements- funding from this program can be used for many aspects of a project, including hiring.

Learn more: https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation/financial-support-technology-innovation-through-nrc-irap

Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) - Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE)

This program stream aims to create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs throughout the innovation continuum, and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness.

Funding: No specific minimum or maximum.

Eligible Employers: Not-for-profit organizations that support businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs for start-up, growth, productivity, technology commercialization, technology adoption, export, and investment attraction. All eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

Eligible Hires: There is no specific student hire eligibility requirements- funding from this program can be used for many aspects of a project, including hiring.

Learn more: https://www.canada.ca/en/pacific-economic-development/services/funding/regional-innovation-ecosystems.html

Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) – Green Jobs

This program supports the hiring of students in Green Job positions, which are positions that support nature-based solutions for a more sustainable planet.

Funding: Up to a 50% or 80% wage match, with up to $32,000 in reimbursements.

Eligible Employers: No specific employer eligibility requirements.

Eligible Hires: Youth between the ages of 15-30.

Learn more: https://pltcanada.org/en/green-jobs/funding-for-employers/

United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) - Canada Green Corps Science and Technology Internship Programme (STIP)

This program is designed to elevate or create green careers for youth in Canada in the natural resource sector.

Funding: Up to 80% wage subsidies for all types of positions in natural resources, with up to $22,500 for Job Ready Youth, up to $25,000 for Youth from Employment Equity Groups (YEE)​, and up to $32,000 for Youth Furthest from Employment (YFE).

Eligible Employers: No specific employer eligibility requirements.

Eligible Hires: Persons aged 15-30 years of age (inclusive at the start of the placement) who are either Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, are legally able to work in Canada and according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations, will be employed full-time (30 hours/week minimum), and will be hired after April 1, 2022.

Learn more: http://www.unac.org/cgc-stip

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