Employer Funding Resources

COVID-19: TEMPORARY FUNDING CHANGES

Due to COVID-19, new measures are being frequently introduced. While we are making efforts to keep this page updated, please refer to the individual funding websites for the most accurate information.

Step 1. Please review funding options listed on this page.

Step 2. Please consider submitting your employment opportunity as a Co-op work term.

If you are an external employer that would like to hire an SFU Co-op student, please review the paragraph below in the section FOR ALL EMPLOYERS OF SFU STUDENTS.

If you are an SFU faculty or department that would like to hire an SFU Co-op student, please review the paragraph below in the section for FOR SFU FACULTIES AND DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE HIRING SFU STUDENTS.

For All External Employers of SFU Students

The funding options listed here are for all student employment opportunities, not just co-op, unless otherwise specified.

You may, however, want to consider qualifying your employment opportunity as an SFU Co-op work term, as there are some additional benefits to do doing so.

For SFU Faculties that are hiring SFU Students

If you are an SFU Faculty or Department that is planning to hire a student for the Spring 2021 semester, you are now eligible for SWPP funding. (see below).

Send your job description to your Co-op program to start the funding process.

Funding Options

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) - includes Co-op

GENERAL INFO ABOUT SWPP

The Federal Government’s Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) supports partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions to create more work placements for students enrolled in post-secondary studies across Canada.

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) helps post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get work experience they need to prepare for jobs in these high-demand fields.

The program provides funding in the form of wage subsidies to employers that offer quality work to post-secondary students in occupations related to STEM and other highly technically fields: 

  • up to $5,000 for every student hired through the program
  • up to $7,000 for every student hired that is in their first academic year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students
  • Wages for the position cannot be funded by another federally funded program

Eligible students are:

  • registered in a post-secondary STEM or business program that includes work placements;
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee protection given under the law; and
  • legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live

There are 10 employer delivery partners, listed below with an overview of their SWPP program. Eligibility and application processes vary across partners. Please see specific websites and contacts for more information.

SWPP - Magnet Student Work Placement Program

Amount:

Open to all students in any program (except international students).


Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies). Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

Any registered Canadian business or non-profit organizations. Municipal governments are not eligible for funding.

Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

In response to COVID-19, changes have been made to the program: Click here for more information about these changes.

How to apply:

  1. Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above
  2. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with information about your candidate and the job description 
  3. Your student will also be asked to fill out their portion of the application form 
  4. Magnet will review your application and reply within 2-4 weeks 
NOTES:
  • Employers MUST have a candidate before applying. 

  • Funding will be administered after receiving the final pay stub at the end of the placement.

Application deadline:

Summer 2020 application deadline: August 31, 2020

Contact:

swpp@magnet.today

SWPP - BioTalent Canada

Amount:

The program’s co-op wage subsidies help knock down the cost barrier of hiring, by covering the cost of a co-op student’s salary by 50% up to a maximum of $5,000 and 70% up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups including:

  • Women in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Visible minorities, 
  • Indigenous students 
  • Persons with disabilities 
  • Newcomers

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

The company/organization must:

  • Demonstrate that they (or the job) have a biotechnology or healthcare focus
  • Place the participant on your company payroll for the duration of the internship
  • Not combine funds with any other federal sources
  • Hire at least 1 student over and above your baseline (the number of placements hired in the year prior to the first year participating in SWPP)

The student must be:

  • Enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at a post-secondary education institution
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

How to apply:

Through their website, download and fill out the "SWPP Employer Application Package".

NOTES:

  • Employers usually need to have a candidate before applying for the funding, but please contact a BioTalent representative to discuss.

Application deadline:

Applications for co-op placements accepted anytime. Student should be approved for funding prior to starting placement, which may take up to 15 days.

Contact:

For BC residents, contact Sue Callaghan:
Phone: (604) 669-9909 ext. 207
Email: scallaghan@biotalent.ca

Colleen Hayes:
Phone: 1-866-243-2472, ext. 218
Email: chayes@biotalent.ca

SWPP - Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA)

Amount:

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies). Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

Organizations in Canada working in the aerospace and aviation industry (cannot be a research position in a school lab).

Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

How to apply:

Complete and submit the employer application online: Employer Information Form - Student Work Integrated Learning Program

Don't have a candidate in mind? You can post your job on WaterlooWorks.

NOTES:

  • Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.

Application deadline:

Applications for Winter 2021 are now open.

Contact:

Kethy S-K Sangaré
Phone: (613) 727-8272, ext. 261 
Email: ksossokolle@avaerocouncil.ca

SWPP - Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) - Empowering Futures

Amount:

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies). Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities.
Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

How to apply:

To qualify for the program, the company must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the economic sector represented by:

  1. Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above;
  2. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with a brief company description, and a description of the intended participant’s co-op position;
  3. Have candidate complete the 2018-2021 Participant Information Form.
  4. If you already have a participant in mind, please include the participant information form, participant’s resume and a copy of the participant’s proof of post-secondary enrolment, if available. (If submitting electronically, please do not include the participant’s date of birth and Social Insurance Number.)
  5. The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days.

NOTES:

  • Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.

  • Employers can be pre-approved for funding for 30 days.

Application deadline:

Applications for Spring 2021 are now open.

Contact:

Sarah Jourson, Project Coordinator
Phone: (613) 235-5540 ext. 229
Email: jourson@electricityhr.ca

SWPP - Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)

Amount:

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies). Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups:

  • Women in STEM
  • Indigenous People
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • First-year Students
  • Recent Immigrants (Permanent resident or refugee status)
  • Visible Minorities

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

Organizations in Canada that are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics (STEAM) or business. Work terms must be at least 6 weeks long. Funding can be applied to part-time students as well as co-op students.

Click here for more information about terms, conditions and eligibility.

How to apply:

Complete the Host Application Form on ECO Canada Wage Subsidy Program page.

NOTES:

  • Employers do not need to have a candidate before applying.

  • Funding needs to be approved before the student starts their placement.

Application deadline:

Applications for Summer 2021 are open.

Contact:

pathways@eco.ca

SWPP - Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), via its WILWorks program, is a preferred partner for the Government of Canada to deliver the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to Canada's manufacturing and related sectors (e.g. North American Industry Classification - NAICS codes 31-33).

Amount:

WILWorks will provide value to manufacturing employers by providing wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements of 50% (up to $5,000) per new placement, and 70% (up to $7,000) for students from underrepresented groups, i.e. students who identify as one of the following:

  • Women studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics),
  • First-year students,
  • Recent immigrants (within last 5 years),
  • Indigenous people, and
  • Persons with disabilities.

UPDATE!! As part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, a temporary measure has been put in place to now allow employers to receive an increased wage subsidy of 75% of the cost of wages (up to $7500) per placement. Also, students will be able to work from home. These measures will be in effect until March 31, 2021.

Duration:

EMC will be able to support full-time or part-time paid placements as short as 6 weeks, to a maximum of 16 weeks. It is up to the employer and student to determine the duration. A student can also be hired for more than four months, that is, until the subsidy cap has been reached.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

  • Registered full-time or part-time in a publicly funded Canadian post-secondary institution in any program, e.g. Arts, Business, STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, Math), Humanities, Social Sciences, etc.. 
  • There is no age restriction.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations. 
  • Although it is not an eligible requirement, students deemed to be part of an underrepresented group (see below) are encouraged to apply.
    What makes an individual part of an underrepresented group? If a student identifies as one of the following:
    • Women studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics),
    • First-year students,
    • Recent immigrants (within last 5 years),
    • Indigenous people, and
    • Persons with disabilities.
  • International students are not eligible.

How to apply:

Employer may apply for a conditional funding approval prior to hiring a student. Student cannot start working until final approval has been granted. No retro active approvals would be granted.

Current application processing time is one-two weeks.

Application deadline:

Ongoing until funding lasts.

Contact:

Susan McLachlan
Project Coordinator
smclachlan@emccanada.org

Wendy Gray
Senior Project Coordinator
wgray@emccanada.org

SWPP - Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) - WIL Digital

Amount:

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies). Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

Eligibility requirements include:

  • A registered business in Canada

  • Company must be in the following sectors: intelligent retail, fintech, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, connected transportation, e-health, cybersecurity, big data, or clean tech

  • Must offer a quality full-time position to a student

  • Must have insurance

  • Must be compliant with Human Rights and Labor legislation, regulations, and laws

  • Must create a net new student position

 

How to apply:

Visit ICTC's WIL Digital Program site to create an account to apply.

NOTES:

  • Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.

  • Funding needs to be approved before the student starts their placement.

Application deadline:

Applications for Winter 2021 are now open.

Contact:

wil_digital@ictc-ctic.ca

SWPP - TECHNATION (formerly ITAC) - Career Ready Program

Amount:

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies). Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including: women in STEM, indigenous students, visible minorities, recent immigrants (within 5 years), persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students and students in their first work placement.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

Registered Canadian businesses and organizations employing students in any discipline, as long as the role is tech-immersive. Federal, provincial, and municipal government groups or large financial sector employers are no longer eligible for funding.

How to apply:

Complete the online Employer Eligibility Assessment and submit it with the necessary documentation.

To access the application portal, please visit ITAC's website.

NOTES:

  • Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying. Only applicants that are able to submit information about the job and the student will be considered.

Application deadline:

Summer 2021 Term - August 31, 2021

Contact:

careerready@technationcanada.ca

SWPP - Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) - Gearing Up

Amount:

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies). Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, first year students, and visible minorities.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

 

The company/organization must:

  • Be an organization in Canada (small and large companies/post-secondary institutions/non-profit organizations) involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector
  • Place the participant on your company payroll for the duration of the internship
  • Not combine funds with any other federal sources
  • Hire at least 1 student over and above your baseline (the number of placements hired in the year prior to the first year participating in SWPP)
  • Hire a student into a position within the STEM or Business fields
The student must be:

 

  • Enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at a post-secondary education institution
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
  • Be studying in field related to STEM and/or Business

How to Apply:

Organizations must fill out and submit the online Gearing Up Application Form. Once approved, your organization will:

  1. Find a candidate (you'll be able to post a position on myExperience). 
  2. Notify MiHR of your candidate and they will email the necessary documents for funding. 

More information can be found on the Gearing Up applicant guide or on their Gearing Up Program page.

NOTES:

  • Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.

Application Deadline:

Applications open for placements for the 2021-2022 year (Apr. 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022).

Contact:

Priya Pandit
Phone: (613) 270-9696 ext. 63
Email: ppandit@mihr.ca

SWPP - Venture for Canada - Internship Program

FALL 2020 APPLICATIONS OPEN

Amount:

Up to $7,000 in wage subsidies for each intern hired. Should this amount increase, we will inform all employers and partners immediately. 

We provide 50% of the wage subsidy within the first 6 weeks of your intern start date. The remaining 50% of the wage subsidy will be received at the end of the internship.

We will be funding 325 internships across Canada this Fall.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

Employer Eligibility:

  • SME, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity
  • Business is located in Western (BC, AB, SK, MB) or Atlantic Canada (NB, NS, PEI, NL)
  • 1 - 500 employees
  • Ability to provide an internship opportunity that allows our motivated Interns to contribute to new initiatives or add new value to your work
  • Any industry or sector is welcome

Students:

  • All degree levels and disciplines; College or University
  • Available for part or full time work
  • Seeking internships in business, marketing, computer science, research, logistics, and more
  • Must have Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or Refugee Status to be eligible

Learn more details here >>

How to apply:

1. APPLY ONLINE + QUICK PHONE CALL

2. HIRE A STUDENT

Find your eligible students one of two ways:

  • Use our exclusive two-way Board; post your internship opportunity on our Job Board for all qualified candidates to view PLUS review resumes and invite specific applicants directly from our pre-screened lists of eligible interns.
  • Identify your own student from post-secondary institutions / your own network, and bring them to us for qualification.

3. RECEIVE FUNDING

We provide 50% of the wage subsidy within the first 6 weeks of your intern start date. The remaining 50% of the wage subsidy will be received at the end of the internship.

Learn more details here >>

Application deadline:

Applications are reviewed within three business days, and funding is allocated on a rolling basis to fully eligible and approved matches. Employers should apply ASAP for their best chance to secure funding this Fall.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 7, 2020 or until funding is fully allocated.

Contact:

Visit us at https://ventureforcanada.ca/contact

SWPP - Ontario Chamber of Commerce - Talent Opportunities Program

Amount:

Employers may receive a wage subsidy of up to 75% (up to a maximum of $7,500) per placement

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

Students are:

  • Registered as a domestic student in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. 
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. 
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant Federal, Provincial or Territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Registered in a class with a work-integrated learning component as part of their study plan.
  • Registered in a full or part-time program, in any program of study (i.e. STEM, business, arts)

Application deadline:

Subsidies are available through March 31, 2021 (until funds are exhausted)

Contact:

top@occ.ca

Co-op Work Terms

BC Tech Co-op Grants (Co-op only)

Hiring a student for a co-op work term? Apply to get a $2,700 grant! 

The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program provides almost a 25% subsidy towards a co-op student’s salary.  The program is designed to help employers who are hiring young talent and to introduce students to tech-related careers. BC businesses benefit from co-op students’ fresh ideas and readiness to learn, while students  gain work experience and valuable business and technical skills.

Learn about your eligibility for a BC Tech Co-op Grant.

School Works: Co-op Wage Subsidy Program (Co-op only)

The School Works: Co-op Wage Subsidy program is now accepting applications. The program provides $8/hr wage subsidies to employers in Columbia Basin Trust’s region to help them hire post-secondary students enrolled in full-time education and participating in a recognized university or college co-op education program.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) will provide $12,000 to BC governments and BC-based non-governmental agencies, Indigenous communities, private companies, and Crown corporations pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation to hire a university student intern for a minimum of 13 weeks. The next call for internship proposals will be November 2021.

Please see the PICS website for more details.

Summer Co-op

Canada Summer Jobs

Hiring a student for the summer? Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It's designed to focus on local priorities while helping both students and their communities.

Employers can apply for this funding through Service Canada. The application period typically runs from early January to early February, but please refer to the Service Canada website for specific dates.

Canadian Heritage - Young Canada Works

Young Canada Works (student summer job programs and graduate internships) are designed to meet your hiring needs in the arts, heritage, cultural and official languages sectors.

First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program

This program provides youth with summer employment opportunities where they can gain work experience and develop important skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork.

The First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program is part of the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy.

Research Co-op

Mitacs Accelerate BC

Interested in pursuing a joint research project with SFU? Through Mitacs Accelerate BC, you can hire a graduate co-op student to spend half of a four-month work term researching a topic of interest to the student, their faculty supervisor and your company.

Mitacs Accelerate BC and you, the employer, will both contribute $7,500 for a four-month work term. The student will spend half the work term at your workplace and the other half at SFU, where they’ll work on research under the guidance of the faculty supervisor.

Mitacs Accelerate BC is a chance to expand your company’s research and development, foster a deeper relationship with SFU and help out future collaborative projects. To learn more about Accelerate and its eligibility conditions, contact your co-op office or visit Mitacs Accelerate.

National Research Council Canada – Industrial Research Assistance Program

National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program provides innovation and funding services to accelerate the growth of business.

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax (SR and ED) Incentive

The following funding opportunities may be available to employers hiring engineering, computer science and math/stats students:

Support Hiring Youth

Get Youth Working

Funded through the Canada-BC Labour Market Agreement, Get Youth Working! offers BC employers a $2,800 hiring incentive to hire eligible youth 15 to 19 years of age, as well as a $1,000 training fund for the newly hired youth.

Green Spaces Initiative

Not Currently Available

Green Spaces is a United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) initiative that provides support for environmentally sustainable organizations to hire students aged 15-30 for 8 to 16 weeks.

Green Spaces offers a wage subsidy of approximately 50% to employers, up to $8.55/hour.

Innovate BC - Digital Skills for Youth Program

Amount:

Each employer is eligible for the following:

  • One grant of up to $17,000 to cover 100% of a youth’s salary and any employment-related costs,

  • One training grant of up to $4,000 (inclusive of taxes) to cover the same youth’s training costs, and

  • Coverage of capital/direct costs, up to maximum of $5,000, including small repairs or renovations to support the participation of youth facing barriers, up to a maximum of $5,000. To qualify for reimbursement, prior special approval is required before incurring direct costs.

Note:

  • For placements longer than 4 months, or exceeding the above amounts, the employer will be required to cover the remainder of the costs.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

  • Be established in BC,
  • Be a small or medium-sized business or not-for-profit organization (under 500 employees), and
  • Have not received a Digital Skills for Youth subsidy from Innovate BC oranother program delivery partner after April 22, 2020.

How to apply:

Interested organizations can apply online for a grant through Innovate BC. Employer applications can be submitted before hiring a Youth Intern or after a Youth Intern has been hired.

Applications submitted after hiring are often processed more quickly.

Note:

  • Applications approved between April 22, 2020 and February 26, 2021, will only be eligible for reimbursement of expenses incurred before March 31, 2021.

Application deadline:

Applications for Fall 2020 are now open.

Contact:

For more information about the application process, visit the Innovate BC Website or contact us at programs@innovatebc.ca.

Other Funding

The B.C. Employer Training Grant Program (ETG) 

The Province of British Columbia has negotiated a new Workforce Development Agreement (WDA) with the Government of Canada that replaces the Canada-BC Job Fund Agreement (CJF). The new WDA provides B.C. with more funding and flexibility to address provincial labour market needs. 

British Columbia strives to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy with a focus on poverty and inequality reduction. We are working to create good-paying jobs for British Columbians while ensuring people from every background have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  

The B.C. Employer Training Grant program (ETG) provides up to $8 million in funding for employers to support skills training for their current and new employees in the fiscal year 2018/19.

See the WorkBC website for details →

Career Launcher

Employers can hire an intern for 6-12 months in a full-time position related to the use or development of clean tech, and CICan will contribute up to 70% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $15,000.

See the CareerLauncher website →

Industrial Research Assistance Program Technology (IRAP)

“NRC-IRAP provides non-repayable contributions to Canadian SMEs interested in growing by using technology to commercialize services, products and processes in Canadian and international markets.”

To learn more about IRAP funding available for Canadian SMEs, call NRC-IRAP (1-877-994-4727skypec2c://r/2041-877-994-4727) to find a regional office near you or visit the IRAP homepage. An IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor will consult with you and assess whether your enterprise is eligible.

See the IRAP website →

Scientific Research & Experimental Development Tax Credit

Provides a 10% tax credit to qualifying corporations - claimed when filing the T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

See details at gov.bc.ca →

For Employers in Alberta, Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Manitoba STEP Services

  • The official student employment placement service for the government of Manitoba
  • Students must be attending school and meet other specified criteria

See details at gov.mb.ca →