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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.

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.  Eligible employers are agricultural related organizations such as farmers, food processors and agricultural related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who can offer opportunities that will give youth agriculture career-related work experiences and skills in Canada.

Visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Program website to learn more and submit your application:

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 BC Arts Council (BCAC) was created in 1995 as an agency of the Province of British Columbia under the Arts Council Act. The BCAC nurtures and supports arts and cultural activity in communities across British Columbia. From community arts in rural and urban centres, to individual artists, professional performing arts companies, Indigenous artists and cultural organizations, art galleries, local museums and music festivals – BCAC supports a range of activities while engaging with artists and communities to inform policies and programs.

The Co-op Placements program assists arts and cultural organizations to hire students for professional work experience through co-op placement and work-integrated learning programs.

Visit BC Arts Council Co-op Placements website to learn more and submit your application: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program/co-op-placements/

BioTalent Canada - Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs 

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.  Natural Resources include the fields of energy, forestry, and minerals and metals as well as earth sciences.

To qualify as a natural resource STEM job related to the green economy, the position needs to fall in one of the two categories:

  1. Jobs that require environmental skills, knowledge, experience or competencies in order to produce products or services that have an environmental benefit. Examples include:
    • Architects and land use planners who incorporate sustainability into designs, air quality engineers and conservation officers.
  2. Jobs that may not require specialized environmental skills but result in an environmental benefit.

Visit BioTalent Canada’s website to learn more and submit your application.

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

BioTalent Canada - SWPP

Wage subsidies are available to all employers and post-secondary institutions who are creating a work-integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria.  Biotech or healthcare employers can hire students from any post-secondary institutions across Canada through BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

Please note: international students are not eligible.

To qualify for the program, either:

  1. the position needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus OR
  2. the employer needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus.

Visit BioTalent Canada’s website to learn more and submit your application:

https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/student-work-placement-program/ 

Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs 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.

The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows: 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, provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills.

Applications are typically available for submission towards the end of the calendar year and the deadline for submission is late January/early February.

Visit Canada Summer Jobs website for detailed information:

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

*COVID-19 Update 

Visit the link below for new updates to the Canada Summer Jobs program:

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/08/changes-canada-summer-jobs-program-help-businesses-and-young

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) - SWPP

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is a national, non-profit organization focused on addressing human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada. The CAHRC SWPP 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.

Contact the CAHRC or Nadee Imran (Program Manager) at nimran@cahrc-ccrha.ca or tel. number 343-999-3953 to learn more about the program. 

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) - SWPP

Employers could receive wage subsidies for first-year students and/or under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants (i.e. permanent residents).

Work-Integrated Learning refers to a continuum of learning opportunities ranging from structured work experience to instances where the employer engages directly with the post-secondary education institution to address a particular challenge. It can include co-op placement, internships, field placements, or applied projects to solve particular problems for employers. 

Visit the CCAA’s website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation CMHC - Housing Internship Initiative for First Nation and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)

This program provides financial assistance to help First Nations and Inuit businesses and organizations create housing-related internships for youth. These internships can provide much-needed work experience and on-the-job training to youth.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) provides wage subsidies to program sponsors. These subsidies cover mandatory expenses such as vacation pay, as well as Employment Insurance, pension plan and workers’ compensation premiums. Sponsors must pay at least the minimum wage for their province or territory.

Visit HIIFNIY website to learn more and submit your application:

https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/developing-and-renovating/developing-for-first-nations/housing-internship-initiative-first-nation-inuit-youth

Career Launcher Internships - Clean Tech Internships

Employers can hire an intern for a full-time position related to the use or development of clean tech.

Clean tech refers to technologies that help create a cleaner environment, such as technologies that support sustainable development, green industrial or agricultural processes, alternative energy and efficiencies, recycling, composting or waste reduction, protection and restoration of ecosystems, and industries or businesses working on innovations to improve the environment

The position will be in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field and related to the use or development of clean tech. 

Visit Career Launcher website to learn more and submit your application:

https://www.careerlauncher.ca/employers/our-internship-programs/clean-tech/    

Career Launcher Internships - ImpAct Internships

Funding for youth to become SDG ambassadors. Create innovative work-integrated-learning initiatives that will have a positive community impact.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of 17 SDGs with a commitment to leave no one behind.  Along with 192 United Nations Member States, Canada adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly in September of 2015.  Canadian youth can help you and your team advance meaningful SDG-aligned initiatives while they gain critical skills for the 21st century to build a better future.

Visit Career Launcher website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Career Launcher Internships - Natural Resource Internships

Employers can hire an intern for a green job within a natural resources sector. 

Natural resources sectors include: Earth Sciences, Energy (including clean energy), Forestry, and Mining.  The meaningful work experience within a natural resource sector will produce products or services that have an environmental benefit.  The position will be in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field or trades position.

Funding contributes to the intern’s salary and to training expenses.

Visit Career Launcher website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Columbian Basin Trust - Apprentice Wage Subsidy

The School Works: Apprentice Wage Subsidy provides a wage subsidy to businesses, non-profits or First Nations communities, and local governments in the Columbia Basin to meet their employment needs.  The Program supports hiring first level apprentices for full-time employment to complete their first level work-based training requirements.  The Program also supports the retention of participating apprentices if the employer chooses to retain them to complete their second level work-based training requirements in the same trade.

Eligible applicants include businesses in the Columbia Basin Trust region. Businesses must have headquarters located within the region.

Visit The School Works:  Apprentice Wage Subsidy website to learn more and submit your application:

https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/wage-subsidy-programs/

Columbian Basin Trust - The School Works: Co-op Wage Subsidy

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.

Eligible applicants include businesses, local governments and First Nations communities in the Columbia Basin Trust region. Businesses must have headquarters located within the region.

Visit The School Works: Co-op Wage Subsidy website to learn more and submit your application: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/wage-subsidy-programs/

Columbian Basin Trust - The School Works: Wage Subsidy

The School Works Wage Subsidy 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.

Eligible applicants include small businesses, non-profits, First Nations communities and local governments with business headquarters located within the Columbia Basin Trust region (map). 

Visit The School Works: Wage Subsidy website to learn more and submit your application: https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/wage-subsidy-programs/

Columbian Basin Trust - The Summer Works Program

The Summer Works Wage Subsidy Program provides small businesses with a wage subsidy to hire full-time high school and post-secondary students during the school summer break. Small businesses with headquarters in Columbia Basin Trust’s region can apply.  NOTE: Non-profits are not eligible for this program.

Visit the The Summer Works Wage Subsidy Program website to learn more and submit your application:

https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/wage-subsidy-programs/

Cultural Human Resources Council - SWPP

This program aims to connect students in a recognized post-secondary institutions in any program or field of study to cultural sector employers with wage subsidies for placements that offer students relevant work experience.

Visit the Cultural Human Resources Council website to learn more and submit your application:

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

ECO Canada – SWPP

Welcome to ECO Employment Programs! Working with the federal government as part of Canada’s Work Integrated Learning Strategy, we work with employers and post-secondary partners to help students kick-start their career path in the environmental sector.

Eligible employers can hire students for jobs in science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics (STEAM) or business.

Visit Eco Canada’s website to learn more and submit your application:

https://www.eco.ca/employment-programs/student-placement/

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) - Empowering Futures - SWPP 

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry.

Employers are eligible if they are:

  • firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity;
  • sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency;
  • firms engaged in manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to generation, transmission or distribution;
  • post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges or polytechnics).

Visit EHRC’s website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Excellence in Manufacturing (WIL Works) - SWPP

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium is a 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.

The WIL Works program supports manufacturers hiring student talent through internships, co-op placements, practicums or applied research projects.

Employer may hire an eligible student from any program e.g. Arts, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM.

Visit WIL Works' website to learn more and submit your application:

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

First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy - Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) 

The First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) is one of two programs that Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) administers under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES). The proposals will support work experience opportunities for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students between May 1 and the beginning of the student's fall academic term. Proposals are accepted for each fiscal year.

Projects under the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program allow youth to learn about career options and earn an income that may contribute to a university or college education.

Proposals must provide summer employment for First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students aged 15 to 30 who are ordinarily resident on reserve, in recognized communities, or on community lands.

Ordinarily, resident on reserve means that eligible youth live on reserve, do not maintain a primary residence off reserve, and may be temporarily off-reserve for the primary purpose of seeking education.

Visit SWEP website to learn more and submit your application:

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

First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

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

Activities may include career promotion, science and technology activities, co-operative education placements and internships and mentored work placements.

Visit First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Food Processing Skills Canada - SWPP

Food Processing Skills Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is a wage subsidy program for employers in the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing industry to hire students in colleges and universities across the country.

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. To support robust diversity and inclusion within the industry, Food Processing Skills Canada has identified specific demographic groups to encourage integration of student - employer matching in the following areas: Women in STEM, First-year students, Recent immigrants (within last 5 years), Indigenous people, Visible minorities and Persons with disabilities.

Visit Food Processing Skills Canada website to learn more:

https://fpsc-ctac.com/student-workplace-placement-program/#overview

Get Youth Working!

The Get Youth Working! Program funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.  This program offers eligible employers in BC a negotiated Wage Subsidy as an incentive to hire eligible youth.

Visit Get Youth Working! website to learn more and submit your application:

https://www.getyouthworking.ca/employers

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

ICTC’s WIL Digital supports Canadian businesses that offer student work placements within the Digital Economy.  It is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. 

Employers may hire an eligible student from all disciplines of studies including Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Business, etc.  You may be a registered business, not-for-profit organization or post-secondary institution in Canada.

Visit ICTC’s website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Innovate BC - Innovate BC Ignite Program

Innovate BC’s Ignite 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.

Visit Innovate BC Ignite Program website to learn more:

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

Innovate BC – Mitacs Innovate BC Program

This program offsets the standard company-partner contribution towards the intern’s stipend and increases access to research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to fast-track solutions to COVID-19 and mitigate its adverse economic impacts, Mitacs and Innovate BC are partnering to support business in the province of British Columbia.

The funding infusion from Innovate BC coupled with Mitacs’s leveraged funds offsets the standard company-partner contribution towards the intern’s stipend and increases access to research during this pandemic.

This funding will be distributed through the Mitacs Accelerate program and will provide eligible projects with funding to support the intern’s stipend. Each employer is eligible for one Innovate BC grant.

Visit Mitacs Innovate BC Program website to learn more and submit your application:

https://innovatebc.ca/what-we-offer/get-funding/mitacs-innovate-bc-program/

Innovate BC - Tech Co-op Grant

Innovate BC is pleased to offer the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program to support talent in BC’s technology sector. Tech firms hiring for any roles and non-tech companies hiring for tech-specific roles are encouraged to hire from an accredited co-op program and apply for salary support through the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program.

Visit Innovate BC Tech Co-op Grant website to learn more and submit your application:

https://innovatebc.ca/what-we-offer/get-funding/co-op-hiring-grant/

Magnet - SWPP

The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) brings together employers, students, and post-secondary school stakeholders to create quality work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.

The program provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences. Students in turn benefit with quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study.

Visit Magnet website to learn more and submit your application:

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

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

Gearing Up is the WIL Program for Canada’s mining sector led by MiHR.  Wage subsidies are available to employers who create new WIL opportunities such as co‑ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions.  Students are enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or business programs.

Visit the MiHR website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Mitacs - Accelerate

We are the key link between industry and post-secondary institutions, driving collaborations at home and abroad to develop projects which solve business challenges, and develop the nation’s innovation capacity. Mitacs is passionate about developing the next generation of researchers helping to fuel Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

Solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs.

Visit Mitacs website to learn more:

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

National Research Council of Canada - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP): Support for technology innovation

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) provides advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market.

If you're a small or medium‑sized Canadian business pursuing technology‑driven innovation, you may be eligible for financial support from NRC IRAP. We provide this funding to eligible firms under our technology innovation projects and youth employment strategy programs.

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

Visit NRC IRAP website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) – Green Jobs

Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada) believes in a society that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests and the great outdoors. We are committed to using trees and forests as windows on the world to inspire action and grow future forest and conservation leaders. Our environmental education and professional development services, which include high-value work experiences and an industry-leading mentorship program, support youth across Canada on their green career pathways, including those in rural, Indigenous and urban communities.

Green Job is one that supports nature-based solutions for a more sustainable planet. Green jobs are typically involved in, but not limited to, jobs in the forest sector, parks, conservation, natural resource management, environmental education, sustainable food systems, climate change, carbon sequestration, species maintenance and recovery, water quality and quantity, and more.

Visit PLT Canada – Green Jobs website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE)

The Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) program stream builds on the federal government's Innovation and Skills Plan.  RIE is open to not-for-profit organizations that support businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs, for start-up, growth, productivity, technology commercialization, technology adoption, export and investment attraction.

The regional development agencies (RDAs) are delivering the RIE program across Canada.

Visit Regional Innovation Ecosystem website to learn more and submit your application:

https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/19775.asp

Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) - SWPP

The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is a program delivered by Ontario Chamber of Commerce with funding from the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP).

Employers must be a registered Canadian business or not-for-profit organization, may be located anywhere in Canada, and may operate in any industry sector. Some restrictions apply.

Students hired on work placements must be registered at a recognized Canadian college or university, be enrolled in a program or course where a work placement is part of their study plan, and be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Visit TOP's website to learn more and submit your application:

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

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

As part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), our wage subsidy program supports businesses by financing their decision to hire a student for a work-term placement. This 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.

Students currently enrolled in post-secondary will qualify for the Career Ready Program. Employers must provide a meaningful work opportunity, where the student will be immersed in technology in a manner that is relevant to their field of study or career interests.

We encourage both tech-focused and non-tech-focused organizations to apply.

Visit TECHNATION website to learn more and submit your application:

https://technationcanada.ca/en/events-and-programs/industry-supported-events/ 

Toronto Finance International (TFI)- SWPP

ASPIRE has been designed to bring together Financial Services employers and in-demand student talent. We work with banks, insurers, pension plans, investment managers, FinTechs, hedge funds and credit unions in Canada.

Visit TFI website to learn more and submit your application:

https://www.aspirefs.ca/employers/     

Tourism HR Canada (Propel) - SWPP

Propel coordinates wage subsidies for registered, Canadian businesses or not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector. The position being covered must be a work-integrated learning opportunity for a post-secondary student. Employers operating within the tourism/hospitality industry and/or providing job opportunities related to a tourism/hospitality job function may be eligible for funding.

Visit Tourism HR Canada website to learn more and submit your application:

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

Trucking HR Canada - SWPP

This program supports employers by subsidizing the cost of hiring students eager to join the trucking and logistic sector; while providing students the benefit of work experience and the opportunity to learn. This stream of the program works to increase the job-readiness of students registered in various transportation, logistics and supply chain related programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Visit Trucking HR Canada website to learn more and submit your application:

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

United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) - Green Spaces

Green Spaces is United Nations Association (UNA) Canada's initiative to bridge youth with barriers to meaningful employment, broaden their environmental understanding and ignite Canada's green economy. Green Spaces participants undertake work-integrated learning placements with organizations in a variety of sectors across Canada.

Visit Green Space website to learn more and submit your application:

http://www.unac.org/green-spaces

Venture for Canada (VFC) - SWPP

Venture for Canada (VCF) is a national charity which develops entrepreneurial leadership skills through training and supporting youth to work at innovative Canadian start-ups and small businesses.

Venture for Canada has been funded to make it easy for small and medium-sized businesses in Western and Atlantic Canada to connect with Canada’s brightest students. All industries/sectors are welcome, including social enterprises, non-profits charities and start-ups. Employers are required to provide an internship opportunity that allows entrepreneurial-minded students to contribute to new initiatives or add new value to your organization.  No direct funding is provided to employers.

Visit Venture for Canada website to learn more and submit your application:

https://ventureforcanada.ca/employers

Young Canada Works (YCW) - in Heritage Organizations

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is a summer job program supporting organizations in Canada that have a heritage mandate. This program helps Canadian students to acquire, through summer or short-term jobs, the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the heritage sector labour market, and to consider career choices in the heritage sector. 

Visit the YCW website to learn more and submit your application.

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

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Centre for Career Development – Co-operative Education
co-op@kpu.ca
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