Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) Funding Opportunities

Hiring students is good for business but finding the budget to support new positions is sometimes challenging.

If you're considering hiring a student, you may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in support from the Government of Canada.

What is SWPP?

Organizations within Canada that offer full-time employment opportunities between 12-16 weeks  for full-time  Canadian post-secondary student (includng remote-working opportunities) may be eligible to receive wage subsidies covering up to 75% of a student's salary (a minimum of $5,000 up to a maximum of $7,500 until March 31, 2022).

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 (i.e. positions over and above what employers have hired previously)


  • Must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution
  • Must be a student in STEM or Business
  • Are required to have Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident or Refugee status and be legally entitled to work in Canada

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.

SWPP Employer Delivery Partners

Magnet Career Connect:
For any registered Canadian business or non-profit organization. 

Venture for Canada Internship Program:
For small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-up, social enterprises, non-profits or charities located in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, and the Prairies.

BioTalent Canada
For employers within the biotechnology industry or for any employer with biotechnical roles or projects. 

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA)
For employers within the aviation and aerospace industry and for co-op positions with a focus on aviation tech/maintenance and avionics. 

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada:
For all co-op positions related to the environment or an environment project with an element of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. 

Electricity Human Resources Canada Empowering Futures:
For organizations engaged within the electrical power sector/electricity industry.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium WILWorks:
For Canada's manufacturing and related sectors (i.e. NAICS codes 31-33).

For organizations within the technology and communications industry in Canada looking for employees with skills in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) WIL Digital Subsidy:
What is the WIL Digital Subsidy? A wage subsidy for eligible Canadian companies that offer student work placements within the Digital Economy.

Mining Industry Human Resources Canada Gearing Up:
For organizations in Canada working in the mining or mineral exploration sectors.