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.

Available Funding

  • 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 16 week, 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.

General eligibility requirements

  • Employers can now hire students in all programs including Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Business, Arts, and Public Affairs.
  • Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Positions must be net new to qualify for SWPP funding (i.e. positions over and above what employers hired last year).
  • Private sector and Not-for-profit organizations are eligible; municipal, provincial and federal government employers are not eligible.


Delivery Partners and How to Apply

  • There are a total of 9 delivery 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 for these placements.

Contact: Karen Kedrosky, Team Lead, Business Development →