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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 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.


Provides private sector, government funded and non-profit organizations 50% of the required minimum hourly wage ($15.00/hr) to a maximum of $7.50/hr at 40 hours per week. Private Sector Organizations who receive IRAP or SR&ED are eligible for 50% of the hourly wage to a maximum of $10.00 / hour at 40 hours per week.

Contact: sepinfo@gov.ns.ca   |   902-424-6000   |   1-800-424-5418

More information: Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education


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: January 31

More information: Canada Summer Jobs


Industry Canada Assistance Programs

Funded by: Industry Canada

Multiple programs may be available to qualified employers.


More information: Industry Canada


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


NSERC Experience Awards (formerly Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards)

Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Approved Canadian industrial organizations may qualify for cost sharing up to a value of $4500. The employer must supplement the award by at least 25% of the value. A travel allowance may also be granted.


Students must be enrolled in an bachelor's degree program in the fields of natural science or engineering and have maintained an academic standing of "B" or greater.

The work term must expose the student to R&D and/or innovation related activities related to their field of study.

Availability: ongoing as permitted by the student's academic schedule. The term must be a maximum of four months.

Deadline: 4 weeks prior to the start of the work term

Contact: 506-854-7767

More information: NSERC


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


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


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