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What is SWILP?

SWILP, short for Student Work-Integrated Learning Program, uses employer consortia to create and deliver work-learning (WIL) opportunities for students in high demand industries such as science and technology, engineering, mathematics, and business. This program is funded through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

 

Who is eligible to take part in the program?

The wage subsidy is applicable to placements for Canadian students registered in STEM and business programs with a WIL component in their post-secondary program. There is an enhanced wage subsidy for placements for underrepresented groups such as women in STEM, aboriginal students, disabled students, and newcomers to Canada.

 

What are the wage subsidies?

Wage subsidy of 50% (up to $5000) per new placement, and 70% (up to $7000) for under-represented groups and first-year students.

 

SWILP Partners

  1. Information Technology Association of Canada – Career Ready Program
  2. Information and Communication Technology Council – WIL Digital
  3. Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA) – CCAA and the SWILP
  4. Environmental Careers Organization of Canada – Wage Subsidy Program for Environmental Students
  5. Biotalent Canada – Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
  6. MaRS Discovery District
  7. Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures: Developing Electricity Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning
  8. Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) – Gearing Up: Developing Mining Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning
  9. Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)
  10. Venture for Canada

Additional information is available here.

Amount: Reimbursement of Mandatory Employment Related Costs for up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage in the province or territory where the activities will take place.

Who can apply: Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

How to apply: Visit their website to complete the application.

Application deadline: February of each year

Amount: Up to $1000/month to hire a Dhillon School of Business Co-op Student in your organization for 4 or 8 months.

Who can apply: Family and small business employers in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta

How to apply: Visit the Dhillon School of Business website to complete the application.

Application deadline: Feb. 28 for Summer (May–Aug.) co-op positions, June 30 for Fall (Sept.–Dec.) co-op positions, Oct. 31 for Spring (Jan.–April) co-op positions

Amount: 15 -35% tax credits for eligible expenditures, which may include the salaries of co-op students

Who can apply: Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors who complete research and development in Canada. This includes basic research, applied research, and experiential development.

How to apply: Corporations claim the tax credit on Schedule 508 and file it with their T2 corporation income tax return. Learn more about the forms you need to submit on the government website.

Application deadline: Tax season each year

Amount: Up to $4500

Who can apply: Private companies that hire undergraduate researchers.

How to apply: Visit the website to fill out an application form.

Application deadline: You must apply at least 4 weeks before the student’s start date.

Amount: Matching funds up to $7500 for internships of at least 4 months. Additional funding available if the business leverages 3+ interns and 3+ internships.

Who can apply: Businesses hiring Masters and PhD students to provide innovative research and develop tools, models, technology, or solutions to research challenges.

How to apply: Visit the website and fill out an application form.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. There will be a 6 – 8 week peer review period.

Amount: Up to $30,000 for a graduate student's salary

Who can apply: Canadian manufacturing companies with the objective of growing and generating profits through the development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven, new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

How to apply: Visit the website to contact a representative and determine your eligibility.

Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Amount: Varies

Who can apply: All employers. There are a variety of hiring grants and wage subsidies available in the database to support the hiring of new employees who have graduated from a post-secondary institution.

How to apply: Visit the website and fill out an application form.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. After submitting your job description, you will hear back within 1 - 2 days about eligibility and available grants and subsidies.

Amount:Up to $7000 in co-op wage subsidies

Who can apply: Businesses in the Biotech sector that have a green mandate and are hiring a co-op student for a role with an environmental focus. This organization offers funding opportunities for both co-op students and new graduates.

How to apply: Visit the website and submit an application form to the fund of your choice.

Application deadline: Varies depending on the fund program.

Amount: 70% of an intern’s salary up to $15,000

Who can apply: Canadian companies in the clean tech industry hiring interns for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields. Interns must be no more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship and work for 6 – 12 months. The internship must be related to climate change or environmental challenges.

How to apply: Visit the website and submit an internship.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Amount: Up to 50% of an employee’s wage up to $15,000

Who can apply: Eligible employers who work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or natural resources. Employers must be hiring a new, full-time employee (under age 30) who has graduated from a post-secondary institution and will be working for for 8-12 months.

How to apply: Visit the website and fill out an application form.

Application deadline: None. Once you’ve filled out the application form, you’ll be notified within 10 days of your eligibility to participate. Your candidate must start within 30 days of being approved for the program.

Amount: 50% of an intern’s salary up to $15,000

Who can apply: Canadian companies in the natural resource sectors hiring interns for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields. Interns must be no more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship and work for 6 – 12 months. The internship must be related to processes with positive environmental outcomes or protecting the environment.

How to apply: Visit the website and submit an internship.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Amount: Up to 33% of eligible project costs

Who can apply: Canadian small and medium size enterprises advancing innovative technologies that are pre-commercial and have the potential to demonstrate significant and quantifiable environmental and economic benefits in one or more of the following areas: climate change, clean air, clean water, and clean soil.

How to apply: Visit the website and submit an application form to the fund of your choice.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds run out for the year.