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Funding Opportunities

Are you looking to hire a student for your organization? You may be eligible for these funding opportunities:


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. Job Bank is the primary source for information on the availability of positions funded through the program in order to help youth to find, and employers to fill, employment opportunities.

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

Visit for detailed information.

*COVID-19 Update 

Visit the link below for new updates to the summer job program


Innovate BC – Tech Co-op Grant

Are you a BC-based company with less than 100 employees? You may be eligible for a Tech Co-op Grant of up to $2700 when you hire a co-op student. 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 eagerness to learn, while students gain work experience and valuable business and technical skills.

Employers are eligible for up to four $2700 grants per program year (May 1 – April 30). You can apply for a grant after the work term has ended – applications can be submitted both retroactively and proactively.

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


Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (ACE-WIL)

ACE-WIL BC/Yukon is a non-profit organization that promotes Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning to students, employers and key stakeholders.

Visit for additional information on funding resources.


United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) - Green Spaces Program 

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 8-16 week work-integrated learning placements with organizations in a variety of sectors across Canada. 

A wage subsidy of approximately 50% is available for the duration of a Green Spaces participant's employment at your organization. 

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Student Work Placement Program (SWPP):

The Student Work Placement Program is a wage subsidy program that provides post-secondary students paid work experience. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) works with Employer Delivery Partners to provide student work placements and wage subsidies of $5,000-$7,000. The partners are listed below and can be contacted directly for further information.

*COVID-19 Update 

PDF icon SWPP Information and Contacts_COVID-19.pdf

In light of COVID-19, the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) has implemented the following changes to their process and eligibility for wage subsidy requirements to support a wider range of employers:

  • Flexible internship duration: start and end dates may be adjusted
  • Removal of the "net new" requirement for student placements
  • Employers can get pre-approval prior to finalizing their hiring
  • Positions may be remote or on-site AND part-time or full-time (minimum 280 hours)
  • Wage subsidy: Now able to cover 75% of all student placements to a maximum of $7,500 per placement
    *Employers can now receive upfront payment of up to 75% of the wage subsidy
  • Post-secondary institutions are now eligible for funding
  • These flexible measures will continue to March 31, 2021


BioTalent Canada

BioTalent Canada is one of SWPP’s delivery partners for funding that focuses on co-op placements for students to gain experience in Canadian biotech companies. The bio-economy is defined as the economic activity development, production and use of products and processes that are based on biological resources. This includes bio-health, bio-fuels, bio-industrial and agri-bio.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA)

As a SWPP Employer Delivery Partner, the CCAA offers aviation and aerospace-specific placements, and has helped develop an innovative training program called Multi-Disciplinary Technicians project. SWPP funding is provided for employers working with drones, rockets, satellite design, unmanned vehicles, flight operations and manufacturing.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s SWPP for the electricity industry. Funding is provided for employers in areas such as geothermal installation, project management, photovoltaic design and installation, electrical engineering and more.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


Environmental Careers Organization of Canada - ECO Canada

As part of Canada’s Work Integrated Learning Strategy, ECO Employment Programs works with employers and post-secondary partners to help student kick-start their career path in the environmental sector. The program will cover up to 50% of a student’s wages to a maximum of $5,000 when employers hire in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Business.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC)

WIL Digital is ICTC’s national program to develop talent for emerging IT and digital sectors, including: Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, e-Health, Cybersecurity, Entertainment and Gaming, Intelligent Retail and Advanced Manufacturing, connected transportation and Big Data. With the advent of transformative technologies, digitization and the demand for digitally-skilled talent continue to be seen and felt across all sections of the economy.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


Magnet (& Campus Connect) 

Magnet is established to fill in gaps of other SWPP programs so more students can access work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities. ALL registered Canadian businesses, not-for-profits or post-secondary institutions are eligible to apply for this funding. The program provides funding up to 50% of a student’s wages to a maximum of $5,000 for each net new placement or 70% of the student’s wages to a maximum of $7,000 for each net new placement for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, persons with disabilities and first-year students.

Visit Magnet website to learn more and submit your application.


Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

The Gearing Up program is the new WIL program for Canada’s mining sector. Gearing Up will change the way student in mining-related post-secondary education program perceive, pursue and acquire the skills needed for in-demand mining careers. Eligible employers are involved in mining or mineral exploration.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


TECHNATION (formerly Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC))

The Career Ready Program is ITAC’s wage subsidy program that supports tech sector employers and matches technology and business students with small and medium-sized enterprises. Post-secondary co-op students in programs such as Business Technology Management, Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering and the like are eligible to qualify for the Career Ready Program.

Visit to learn more and submit your application


Toronto Finance International (TFI)

The Aspire program facilitates access to opportunities for students in the financial services sector. Aspire works with banks, insurers, pension plans, investment managers, FinTechs, hedge funds and credit unions in Canada.

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


Venture for Canada

Venture for Canada is a national charity which develops entrepreneurial leadership skills through training and supporting youth to work at innovative Canadian startups and small businesses. VFC offers post-secondary co-op students entrepreneurial work experience in Atlantic Canada. All industries are welcome!

Visit to learn more and submit your application.


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