The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) provides wage subsidies to eligible private sector and not-for-profit employers to assist them with the cost of hiring students.


Temporary changes to SWPP funding now provide employers with greater support and flexibility to hire students. The following is in effect until March 31, 2021.

  • Net New hiring restrictions have been removed. All new students can now be considered for funding.
  • Employers are now eligible for up to 75% in wage subsidies (to a maximum of $7500) for each student hired.
  • Small and medium-sized employers (500 or fewer employees, including non-profit organizations) are eligible to receive 75% of a student’s subsidy up-front.
  • Post-secondary institutions are now eligible to apply as employers, provided the experience is a quality work-integrated learning opportunity that is relevant to the student’s program. This also applies to research positions.
  • Employers can now submit a funding pre-approval request before finalizing the hiring.
  • Students may work remotely.
  • Shortened work terms may be eligible (i.e. a later start date for the term).

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Students in all programs are eligible.
  • Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Private sector, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions are eligible; municipal, provincial and federal government employers are not eligible.

How to Apply

There are 10 partner organizations 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.

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

  1. Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) – WIL Digital Program
    Employers within the Digital Sector including AI, autonomous vehicles, intelligent retail, fintech, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, connected transportation, e-health, cybersecurity, big data, or clean tech.
    Employers within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector or for positions immersed in technology.
  3. Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA)
    Employers within the Aviation and Aerospace sector.
  4. BioTalent Canada
    Employers within the Biotechnology or Bioeconomy sectors.
  5. ECO Canada
    Employers within the Environmental Sector
  6. Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures 
    Employers within the Electrical Power Sector
  7. Mining Industry Human Resources Council
    Employers within the Mining sector or with related projects.
  8. Toronto Finance International – Aspire
    Employers within the Financial Service Sector
  9. Venture for Canada – Internship Program
    Startups and entrepreneurial projects in Atlantic Canada, BC and the Prairies.
  10. Magnet Student Work Placement Program
    All Registered Canadian Businesses and Not for Profits.


Available Funding

Employers are now eligible for up to 75% in wage subsidies (to a maximum of $7500) for each student hired. This temporary increase in funding is in effect until March 31, 2021.

Prior to April 7, 2020 wage subsidies were provided as follows:

  • up to 50% of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) per student OR
  • up to 70% (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students including first-year students, women in STEM, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers

Employers based in Ontario and Quebec who hire a co-op student for a full-time work term can also qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit.