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.

MORE DETAILS HERE

For SFU Faculties and Departments that are hiring SFU Students

If you are an SFU Faculty or Department that is planning to hire a student for the Summer 2020 semester, you are now eligible for SWPP funding. (see below).

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

MORE DETAILS HERE

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:

 

 

 

 

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 looking to hire for roles related to biotechnology. 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 NEED to have a candidate before applying. 

  • Employers must hire the student first. Once a candidate is identified they will apply for funding. However, the candidate can't start their co-op until approval has been granted. It can take up to 10 business days to process an application.

 

Application deadline:

 

Applications for all co-op placements starting before March 2021 are now being accepted.

 

Contact:

 

 

Benita 
Phone: 1-866-243-2472, ext. 234
Email: buruhisho@biotalent.ca

Colleen
Phone: 1-866-243-2472, ext. 221
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 Summer 2020 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 Summer 2020 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) - Wage Subsidy Program to hire Environmental Students

 

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 that are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics (STEAM). 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 form for "Host employers" on ECO Canada Wage Subsidy Program page.

NOTES:

  • Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying.

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

 

Application deadline:

 

Applications for summer 2020 are now open.

 

Contact:

 

coop@eco.ca

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 Summer 2020 are now open.

 

Contact:

 

wil_digital@ictc-ctic.ca

SWPP - Information Technology Association of Canada (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, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations in Canada looking for employees with skills in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

Positions you are hiring for can fall under the following categories:

  1. Business Technology Management 
  2. Computer Science 
  3. Computer Systems Technology 
  4. Computer Engineering. 

Municipal governments are 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:

 

 

Winter 2020 applications (January – April) due: April 2, 2020

Applications for Summer 2020 (May - August) due: June 20, 2020

Contact:

 

careerready@itac.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 students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students

 

Eligibility/Who Can Apply:

 

 

 

Organizations in Canada (small and large companies/post-secondary institutions/non-profit organizations) working in the mining or mineral exploration sectors are encouraged to apply.

 

How to apply:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations must fill out and submit the Gearing Up Application Form to gearingup@mihr.ca. Applicants will know within 24 hours if their organization has been approved. 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:

 

Ongoing

 

Contact:

 

Priya
Phone: (613) 270-9696 ext. 63

SWPP - Venture for Canada - Internship Program (FUNDING CAPACITY REACHED)

FUNDING NO LONGER AVAILABLE

 

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:

 

 

 

 

 

Employers must:

  1. be a small to medium sized business, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity (1-500 employees) 
  2. have their business located in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and the Prairies 

All industries welcome!

Employers can be from a wide range of industries from agriculture to robotics and anything in between.

How to apply:

 

 

 

 

To join this program and access this funding, complete the application form on the Venture for Canada website.

NOTES:

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

 

Application deadline:

 

Ongoing

 

Contact:

 

Click here to send an email to Venture for Canada.

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 more 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.

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.

Learn more

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

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.

Other Funding

BC Employer Training Grant

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 (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.

Learn more about this funding

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 careerlauncher site

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 IRAP Site

Scientific Research & Experimental Development Tax Credit

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

Learn more

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

Learn more