Hire a Carleton co-op student and you may be eligible to receive up to $7000 in wage subsidies. The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) provides to eligible private sector and not-for-profit employers to assist them with the cost of hiring students.


  • The program provides 50% (to a maximum of $5000.00) of a student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers.
  • An increased subsidy of 70% (to a maximum of $7000.00) is awarded to employers hiring students from under-represented groups:
    • Women studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM), or business
    • Indigenous students
    • Visible minorities
    • Recent immigrants (within 5 years)
    • Persons with disabilities
    • Students in their first year of study, or
    • Students on their first work-term (relevant to their field of study)
  • Employers can hire students in any program
  • Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment to qualify for funding from SWPP
  • Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Municipal governments are NOT eligible for SWPP funding
  • Private sector employers based in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba who hire a co-op student for a full-time work term can qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit.

How to Apply

This funding is being administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through delivery partners representing target industry sectors. The delivery partners are responsible for managing the approval and distribution of the wage subsidies.

Carleton’s Co-operative Education office at Carleton University is working with delivery partners and employers to facilitate student recruitment.

Learn more about each delivery partner’s programs, eligibility requirements and application process.

BioTalent Canada logo BioTalent Canada

Employers within the Biotechnology or Healthcare sectors.

CCAA logo Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA)

Employers must be involved in the aviation/aerospace industry, i.e. directly as an aviation/aerospace organization or indirectly, as a supplier of goods and services for the aviation/aerospace industry.

Cultural Human Resources Council

Employers within the Canadian cultural sector.

ECO Canada ECO Canada

Employers within the Environmental Sector.

Electricity Human Resources Canada logo Electricity Human Resources Canada – Empowering Futures

Employers within the Canadian electricity and renewable energy sector.

EMC (Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium)

EMC, a preferred partner with the Government of Canada, delivers the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) wage subsidy to the Canadian Manufacturing industry.

Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ)

Pratiques RH, powered by the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec is proud to present Accueillez un stagiaire, an innovative initiative in which various players in the federal and provincial sectors unite their forces for the benefit of employers operating in Québec and Canadian students.

Food Processing Skills Canada

Employers within the Food and Beverage Manufacturing sector.

ICTC logo Information and Communications Technology Council  – WIL Digital Program

Canadian Registered business or Not-for-profit organization that provides a student with a meaningful work placement that includes a Digital or Technology component and uses technology in some capacity.

Magnet Student Work Placement Program logo Magnet Student Work Placement Program

All Registered Canadian Businesses and Not for Profits.

Ministry Industry Human Resources Council logo Mining Industry Human Resources Council

Small, medium, or large companies involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce logo Ontario Chamber of Commerce – Talent Opportunities Program

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.

Ottawa Board of Trade logo Ottawa Board of Trade

Ottawa businesses and employers which are registered Canadian Businesses and Not for Profits.

technation logo TECHNATION (formerly ITAC)  – Career Ready Program

Employers within the Information and Communications Technology Sector or for positions immersed in technology.

aspire logo Toronto Finance International – Aspire

Employers within the Financial Service Sector.

Propel Student Work Placement Program

Tourism and hospitality sector

Trucking HR Canada

Employers in the Canadian truck  transportation and logistics industry.

venture logo Venture for Canada – Internship Program 

Startups and entrepreneurial projects in Atlantic Canada, BC and the Prairies.