Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) – Gearing Up

Overview: The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) – Gearing Up is one of the partners selected by the federal government to deliver the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP).  Working with employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions in the mining sector, MiHR will administer wage subsidies to hire students.

Available funding
Employers may be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of 50% (up to $5000) to hire a student and may be eligible to receive 70% (up to $7000) if they hire under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and first year students Ontario employers may also be eligible for a tax credit of up to $3000 for the Co-operative Education Tax Credit. Employers receiving other federal funding to hire the student will not be eligible to also receive SWILP funding.

Eligible Employers

Employers must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary, and in one of the following categories:

  • Small, medium or large companies involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector;
  • Post-secondary educational institution; or
  • Not-for profit organization.

Eligible students

Full time student enrolled in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or business program at a Canadian PSE institution Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

Organizations meeting the criteria must submit the Gearing-Up Program Application Form  for wage subsidy funding. MiHR will review all applications received and inform all applicants within 10 business days if their organization has been approved. Once an approved organization has found a WIL participant, MiHR will email the following documents:

  • Gearing Up contract;
  • WIL participant contract;
  • Participation Information Form to start the internship; and
  • Specific wage subsidy payment details.

To Hire Your Student
Please post your co-op positions on Carleton University’s CUHire for co-op students in eligible programs to apply.  Please add a note to the co-op job description if hiring is dependent upon funding receipt.

Carleton Co-operative Education: Business Development Team​

More information:
MiHR Wage Subsidy Program