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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.
(CURRENTLY PAUSED) 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.
OVERVIEW AND DETAILS OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYERS
The Co-op Placements program assists arts and cultural organizations that have previously received grants through the BC Arts Council or are an Indigenous Government, Friendship Centre, or Métis Chartered Community offering dedicated arts and culture programs or projects where the scope of work of the Co-op or Work-Integrated Learning student would focus on these activities. The assistance level... Learn more >>
Get up to $10,000 per year in funding to hire students through WIL programs (not including co-op), such as internships and work placements. Eligible employers are tech companies or tech-focused non-profits hiring for a business or tech role, or a business or non-profit hiring for a tech role. Employers must also be able to provide entrepreneurial and skills training to the student. Applications... Learn more >>
Through the School Works Co-op and Apprentice Wage Subsidy programs, businesses, non-profit and First Nations organizations, and public bodies with business headquarters located within the Columbia Basin Trust region can apply for age subsidies. Apprentice Wage Subsidy supports hiring apprentices for full-time employment to complete their first-level work-based training requirements with an... Learn more >>
PICS Internships program provides support for the hiring of university students at the workplaces pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation. Workplaces can be governments, NGOs, industry and communities in BC. Eligible students must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at one of the four PICS partner institutions: UVIC, UBC, SFU... Learn more >>
Get up to $20,000 per year in funding to hire co-op students through the Tech Co-op Grant, which is available for technology-based companies looking to grow or a non-tech company, organization or non-profit hiring for a tech role. Each employer is eligible to receive a maximum of four grants each per program year valued at $5,000 each, to recruit and train between one to four distinct co-op... Learn more>>
The British Columbia SR&ED Tax Credit program is designed to encourage research and development in British Columbia that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes. The tax credit is available for qualifying corporations that carry on scientific research and experimental development in B.C. before September 1, 2022 and must be claimed no later than 18 months... Learn more >>
Through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), Canadian small and medium-sized businesses can receive funding and other supports to increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market. Funding is available through technology innovation projects and youth employment strategy programs for incorporated, profit-oriented businesses in Canada with under 500 employees planning to... Learn more >>
Funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada Green Corps provides support for internships with organizations that are committed to the green economy and contribute to Canada’s commitments on climate and environment. Eligible employers can include non-profit organizations, governments, indigenous organizations and private companies. This opportunity is not for existing students -... Learn more >>
The Mitacs Accelerate program provides support for research partnerships including funding for internships. Organizations partner with academic researchers to develop a project proposal, and must provide a financial contribution of at least $7,500, which is matched by Mitacs. Projects can include multiple interns and span multiple terms. Interns spend about half the term on site, working on the... Learn more >>
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help small businesses, public sector employers, and non-profit organizations to hire students under the age of 30 during the summer term. Funding is available to approved employers for up to 50 per cent of minimum wage for private companies and public sector employers, and up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage for non-profit organizations. Applications are... Learn more >>
FEDERAL SWPP AND EMPLOYER PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
STUDENT WORK PLACEMENT PROGRAM (SWPP)
The Federal Government’s Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) offers the Student Work Placement Program to create quality work-integrated learning opportunities for students who will be better positioned to secure employment in their field of study. The program provides up to 50% (to a... Read More >>