Various funding and subsidy programs to assist in the hiring a co-op student are available. Qualified employers must apply independently through the organization contacts listed below.

Co-op/Internship Hiring


Co-op Education Incentive (Nova Scotia)

Funded by: Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education

The Co-op Education Incentive provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia who offer career-related work experiences for co-op students.


Employers can hire a co-op student for a work term of 12-16 weeks. You’ll receive a subsidy of $7.50 an hour ($9.00 if the student is a member of designated diversity group) for the wages you pay the student. 32 week terms are available in some education programs – please confirm with the Co-op Coordinator at the post-secondary institution.

Contact:   |   902-424-6000   |   1-800-424-5418

More information: Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education


Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Funded by: Government of Canada

Organizations within Canada that offer full-time employment opportunities between 12-16 weeks  for full-time  Canadian post-secondary students may be eligible to receive wage subsidies.

If you are considering hiring a student (including remote-working positions), you may be eligible to a wage subsidy of 75% of a student’s salary up to a maximum of $7,500 in support from the Government of Canada (applicable to all wages earned on or after May 25, 2020 until March 31, 2021).


Who qualifies?


  • Must be a registered business in Canada (provincial and territorial governments are not eligible)
  • May hire students in any program; however, students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have refugee status
  • Must be hiring for Net New* positions (Net New positions are over and above what employers have hired previously. However, this requirement is waived between May 25, 2020 and March 31, 2021 due to COVID-19).


  • Must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution
  • Must be a student in STEM or Business

How does it work?

The SWPP program is delivered by a group of employer delivery partners who work with businesses and post-secondary education institutions to coordinate wage subsidies. A limited number of funding opportunities exist each year and are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Please contact any of the most applicable partners to learn more about their available funding and application timelines.


Canada Summer Jobs

Funded by: Service Canada

Provides wage subsidies to assist not-for-profit, public sector and smaller private sector organizations with 50 or fewer employees across Canada.


Eligible students must have been registered full-time students during the previous academic term with the intention of returning to their studies during the next academic year. Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and legally entitled to work in Canada.

Not-for-profits may be eligible for 100% coverage of provincial / territorial adult minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible for up to 50% of the provincial / territorial minimum hourly wage.

Availability: summer (view specific dates)

Application deadline: Late January

More information: Canada Summer Jobs


Emerging Now

Funded by: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Provides wage subsidies to Atlantic Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve organizational productivity and make advancements in manufacturing modernization by hiring Dalhousie co-op students from Engineering, Computer Science, and other related STEM disciplines. 


Emerging Now is intended to encourage and support Nova Scotia small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve productivity and make advancements in manufacturing modernization by hiring Dalhousie University co-op students from select programs, including Engineering, Computer Science, and other related STEM disciplines.

Eligible SMEs will receive the opportunity to hire Dalhousie students who will participate in organizational productivity improvement and modernization initiatives. Ideally, regional SMEs will employ Dalhousie co-op students for three work terms over a 12-month period to maximize the impact to their operations. 

Program structure:

  • Up to 24 positions per year are expected
  • Approved companies are eligible to receive wage assistance up to 2/3rds total salary to a maximum of $20/hour (based on 40 hrs/wk to a maximum of 16 weeks for each work term)
  • Companies/firms must pay a minimum of $15.00/hour based on a 40-hour work week

To be eligible for funding, firms must:

  1. Be involved in manufacturing/production of goods
  2. Be based in Atlantic Canada
  3. Be considered a small or medium-sized business
  4. Be exporting, actively developing an export market, or be planning to export goods outside of Canada
  5. Be recognized as a high or potential high growth company in manufacturing/production
  6. Employ Dalhousie Co-op students who are in good academic standing and are eligible to participate in Dalhousie's Co-op program, from Engineering, Computer Science, and other related disciplines.
  7. Subscribe to and uphold the responsibilities required by SITE Coop's Employer agreement
  8. Companies/firms operating in the employer sectors of a) retail/wholesale; b) real-estate; c) government/government services and services of a personal or social nature are not eligible

Application instructions:

Applications will be accepted on myCareer (log-in required). If you do not already have a myCareer employer account, please select "employer registration" on the right-hand side of the myCareer home page.

Once logged-on, select "SITE Co-op/ARCH PLAN Co-op" in the left-hand navigation pane, and then select "Emerging Now" in the same navigation pane.

Industrial Research Assistance Program

Funded by: National Research Council Canada

IRAP supports small and medium-sized enterprises in the development of technologies by cost-sharing approved research and development projects.


Employers should be incorporated Canadian small-medium sized enterprises with no more than 500 employees.

The project should deal with research related to science and technology with the goal to enhance your company's innovative capability.

Students must be Canadian citizens, landed immigrant or hold a valid work permit and enrolled in a full-time program.

Availability: ongoing

Application deadline: projects must be individually proposed to NRC IRAP

Contact: 902-426-1624   |   1-877-994-4727

More information: National Research Council Canada


Science and Technology Internship Program

Funded by: Natural Resources Canada

Provides an opportunity to recent graduates in natural science and engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.


More information: Natural Resources Canada



Other hiring: graduate, research and innovation projects

Graduate to Opportunity

Funded by: Labour and Advanced Education, Government of Nova Scotia

Provides salary contributions to offset the cost of hiring a recent graduate and assists post-secondary graduates find career opportunities in Nova Scotia.


More information: Graduate to Opportunity


Innovate to Opportunity

Funded by: Labour and Advanced Education, Government of Nova Scotia

Provides salary contributions to offset the cost of hiring recent masters and PhD grads for jobs focused on research and innovation in Nova Scotia.


More information: Innovate to Opportunity



Mitacs connects companies and not-for profit organizations with academic researchers for innovative research projects, supporting collaborations with all academic disciplines and sectors, and providing matching funding to help organizations leverage their research budgets and hire College, Master, PhD, and Post-Doc interns. 


Connect with Marie Hogan to learn more about current funding opportunities.


Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program

Funded by: Canada Revenue Agency

Offers tax deductions for current and capital expenditures as well as investment tax credits.


Canadian businesses conducting research and development in the areas experimental development, applied research, basic research and support work may qualify.

Deadline: At least three (3) weeks prior to the start of the work term.

Contact: 902-426-2386   |   1-866-433-5986

More information: Canada Revenue Agency