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Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Update for employers hiring for Spring or Fall

  • The "net new" requirement was recently removed for this year. This means businesses no longer need to increase the number of co-op students they hire for spring or fall 2021.
  • All wage subsidies have increased to 75%, for up to $7,500 per student.

To qualify for funding from SWPP, you may hire only a student who is one of:

  • Canadian citizen
  • permanent resident
  • person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment.

If you hired a co-op student from Laurier for the spring or fall of 2021 and would like to be considered for funding, you may want to apply to the Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) run by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

See more details below about each funding partner's requirements and application procedures.

Biotalent Canada

For employers within the biotechnology industry or who have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada. 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.

Please visit Biotalent Canada's website for full eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Through their website, download and fill out the "SWPP Employer Application Package."

Employers must have a candidate before applying. Employers must hire the student first and once a candidate is identified they will apply for funding however the candidate cannot start their co-op until approval has been granted. It can take up to 10 business days to process an application.

Once a company and/or job description is received we can advise within two business days whether the employer is pre-qualified. 

Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation

For employers within the aerospace and aviation industry.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada working in the aerospace and aviation industry (cannot be a research position in a school lab).

How to Apply

Visit the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace website for more information. Complete and submit the employer application online: Employer Information Form – Student Work Integrated Learning Program.

Employers must have a candidate before applying.

Important updates, effective immediately:

  • Employers Partners will have the flexibility to postpone the start date of work placements to avoid rescinding placements.
  • Work placements may be shorter than twelve weeks.
  • Depending on the nature of the work, remote working may now qualify as suitable work-integrated learning (WIL) experience.
  • Small and medium-sized employers (employers with fewer than 500 employees) and not-for-profit organizations may qualify to receive a percentage of the total wage subsidy (per student per term) as soon as the student(s) start their work placement, if there is an operational cash flow need; eligibility for advance payment will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures

For employers within the electrical power sector.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

Eligibility

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R and D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities.

How to Apply

To qualify for the Electricity Human Rescources Canada's Empowering Futures program, a company must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the economic sector represented by:

  1. Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above.
  2. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with a brief company description, and a description of the intended participant’s co-op position.
  3. Have candidate complete the 2018-2021 Participant Information Form.
  4. If you already have a participant in mind, please include the participant information form, participant’s resume and a copy of the participant’s proof of post-secondary enrolment, if available. (If submitting electronically, please do not include the participant’s date of birth and Social Insurance Number).
  5. The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days.

No candidate needed at the time of application. Employers can be pre-approved for funding for 30 days.

EMC WILWorks

The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) delivers the Student Work Placement Program to Canadian manufacturers.

From May 1, 2021 onwards the WILWorks program offers wage subsidies ranging from up to $5,000 to $7,000 per student placement.

SWPP provides 50% (or up to $5,000) per placement, or 70% (up to $7,000) for students from underrepresented groups:

  • Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
  • First-year students
  • Recent immigrants (within last 5 years)
  • Visible minorities
  • Indigenous people
  • Persons with disabilities

Student placements must be "net new."

International students are not eligible.

Students may be hired into direct or indirect roles, including human resources, finance, graphic design, and I.T. The WIL experience must be recognized by the student’s post secondary institution to be eligible.

To apply online for the WILWorks wage subsidy placement please visit the WILWorks platform platform.

If you require assistance, please contact Wendy Gray, Sr. Project Coordinator at wgray@emccanada.org or Susan McLachlan, Project Coordinator at smclachlan@emccanada.org.

Environmental Careers Organization (Eco) of Canada

For employers within the environmental sector or who have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 per student (50% wage subsidies).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada working in the environmental sector and are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). 

How to Apply

Complete the form for employers on ECO Canada Wage Subsidy Program page.

Information and Communication Technology Council – WIL Digital Subsidy

For employers within the technology sector or who have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements include:

  • a registered business in Canada
  • Company must be in the following sectors: intelligent retail, fintech, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, connected transportation, e-health, cybersecurity, big data, or clean tech
  • must offer a quality full-time position to a student
  • must have insurance
  • must be compliant with Human Rights and Labor legislation, regulations, and laws.
  • must create a net new student position

How to Apply

Visit ICTC's WIL Digital Program site to create an account to apply.

Employers must have a candidate before applying.

Technation (formerly ITAC) – Career Ready Program

For employers within the information and communications technology sector or have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups.)

Eligibility

Registered Canadian businesses and non-profits who can provide a meaningful, tech-focused work term opportunity to a student.

Employers are required to show that they have created a net new student position for the current year. Large employers from the financial sector are no longer eligible.

Sample job categories:

  • Marketing: market research, industry analysis, digital marketing
  • Strategy: consulting, analysts, business development
  • Data and tech: data analysis, AI/machine learning, software development

How to Apply

Please visit Technation's website. Technation will begin accepting applications for fall 2021 on June 15.

Employers must have a candidate before applying.

Magnet Student Work Placement Program

For businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Amount

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups); will fund an employer once for the first four months of their work term.

Eligibility

Registered, Canadian business or not-for-profit organization with the financial capacity to pay the student for the full duration of the work term, as Magnet administers the wage subsidy after term has ended.

Employers will be provided subsidies based on the net new student work placements for the current year; the number of work placements in the previous year will be used as a baseline and only applications for work placements exceeding that number will be considered.

How to Apply

Apply through Magnet.

No candidate needed at the time of application.

Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) – Gearing Up

For employers within the mining sector or who have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada (small and large companies/post-secondary institutions/non-profit organizations) working in the mining or mineral exploration sectors are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Organizations must fill out and submit the Gearing Up Application Form to gearingup@mihr.ca. Applicants will know within 24 hours if their organization has been approved. Once approved, your organization will:

  1. Find a candidate.
  2. Notify MiHR of your candidate and they will email the necessary documents for funding.

More information can be found on the Gearing Up Program page.

No candidate needed at the time of application.

Venture for Canada – Internship Program

Internships Open for Fall 2021

Venture Canada's  Internship Program is now accepting Employer applications for Fall 2021 Internships. Please note the following program updates:

  • For fall 2021, all employers are eligible to receive a subsidy of 75% per student, up to $7,500.
  • We will continue to support work-from-home and remote work terms.
  • Applications are reviewed within three business days, and funding is allocated on a rolling basis to fully eligible and approved matches. Employers should apply ASAP for their best chance to secure funding. Applications will be accepted until July 19, 2021 or until funding is fully allocated.

Amount

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Employers must be:

  1. Small to medium sized business; fewer than 500 employees.
  2. Located in BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI or NL.
  3. Any industry, offering an entrepreneurial role.

How to Apply

To join this program and access this funding, complete the application form on the Venture for Canada website.

No candidate needed at the time of application.

Research Grants and Funding

Industrial Research Assistance Program

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program is regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. It provides necessary funding for small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

Amount

Covers a portion of intern salary; contact.

Eligibility

This program is great for any organizations looking to hire young talent to assist and work on projects related to research and development, engineering, multimedia/market analysis components, or to help develop a new product/process.

  • Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada.
  • Must be a small or medium-sized business (500 or less full-time employees).
  • Must be ready to enhance your innovation capacity and willing to partner with NRC IRAP.

The candidate's internship must last a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months, and the candidate must be:

  • 15 to 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • a post-secondary graduate
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or person granted refugee status in Canada
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • a first-time participant in a Youth Employment Strategy work experience program targeted at post-secondary graduates

Please visit the Government of Canada website for full eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

To access this program, take the following steps:

  • Talk to the NRC IRAP team. Call them toll-free at 1.877.994.4727. They will ask you some questions about your business to determine if you are eligible, including your business objectives and your capacity and willingness to grow through innovation.
  • Discuss your needs with one of the NRC industrial technology advisors. If they determine your development and growth strategies could benefit from NRC IRAP support, they will refer you to an industrial technology advisor (ITA). The ITA may want to meet with you in person to understand your business in more detail — such as your strategy, the issues you're facing, the opportunities you see for growth and your plans for the future — to determine if our youth employment program is right for you.
  • Develop a project proposal. The ITA will work with you to develop a project proposal for submission to NRC IRAP.
  • Find a youth candidate. Your ITA can connect you with networks to help you find candidates.

You will hear back from NRC IRAP within two weeks whether or not your project was approved. Once approved, you will need to submit monthly reimbursement claims to NRC IRAP.

Please visit the Government of Canada website for full details.

MITACS Accelerate Program

Amount

Employer will contribute $7,500 per four- to six-month unit, which receives a $15,000 research award.

For six or more units with three or more interns, you have the option to contribute $6,000 per project unit, which receives a $13,300 research award.

Eligibility

This program is great for any organizations looking to hire for their research and development projects. Eligibility include:

  • Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada.
  • For-profit businesses operating outside Canada.
  • Not-for-profit corporation eligibility and project economic orientation must be assessed prior to proposal submission.
  • Available for all sectors.
  • Must hire full-time students at all Canadian colleges and full-time grad students at all Canadian universities for the internships.

Please visit the Mitacs website for full eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Contact a Mitacs representative to discuss your research needs. They can identify potential academic collaborators, help refine research objectives, and assist you with your proposal.

Tax Credits and Incentives

Ontario Co-op Education Tax Credit

Businesses that hire Laurier Co-op students may be eligible to receive a tax credit. The Ontario government’s Co-operative Education Tax Credit will reimburse a business for 25% to 30% of eligible costs, up to $3,000 per co-op student. For more information about the tax credit, please refer to the general guidelines on the co-operative education tax credit (also available as a pdf).

Please note that all co-op programs at Laurier except Arts Co-op and Science Co-op are eligible for the tax credit.

The Canada Revenue Agency administers the tax credit on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Revenue. For general tax enquiries regarding this tax credit, taxpayers may telephone Canada Revenue Agency at 1.800.959.5525.

At the end of the co-op work term, we will send you a letter to use as a tax receipt when claiming the tax credit.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Government of Canada offers a wage subsidy each summer through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

In 2021, in response to the pandemic, funded public and private sector employers were eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 75% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. (Under regular rules, private and public sector employers are only eligible to receive up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum wage.)

The deadline for employers to apply for funding is usually late January or early February.

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