There are a number of programs designed to offer financial relief to employers who hire current students or recent graduates. The list below is not comprehensive, but may help to point you in the right direction.
We update the information on this page as different programs become available.
The Student Work Placement Program
The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is a federal wage subsidy program that provides funding to employers who hire post-secondary students across Canada. The wage subsidy funding is delivered through Employer Delivery Partners, organizations and associations connected with various industries who are approved by government to coordinate the program. You may be eligible for up to 75% of the wage subsidy per student role, and could receive up to $7,500 per 4-month work term.
Please note that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has updated the terms and conditions and eligibility criteria of the SWPP to make the funding more accessible. Employers and student roles that did not qualify before may qualify now!
Each delivery partner has unique eligibility criteria (for employers, students, roles) and timelines/deadlines. For further information on eligibility criteria, timelines/deadlines and the application process, visit the Employer Delivery Partners' websites listed below:
Canada Summer Jobs
Canada Summer Jobs is a federal funding opportunity for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, designed to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years, who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Applications for Summer 2021 are closed. Applicants will be informed the status of your application starting in April 2021.
More Federal Government Wage Subsidies & Assistance Programs
The federal government offers wage subsidies and assistance programs, such as the Youth Employment Program, the Opportunities Fund for Persons With Disabilities, the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit, and more. Directories can be found on the federal government website, here and on the Canada Business Ontario website, here.
Provincial (Ontario) Programs
Provincial government tax incentives, funding, and programs for hiring young people are highlighted on the Government of Ontario website here.
Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC)
Queen’s University’s co-operative education program through internship (QUIP) qualifies for the Government of Ontario’s Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC). If you are an Ontario-based employer you may be able to reduce your overall employment costs. For more information about hiring student interns, visit the QUIP website.
For more information about the Co-Operative Education Tax Credit visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Co-operative Education Tax Credit website.
The Level UP program (powered by Riipen) allows employers to bring on Canadian post-secondary students for 80-hour paid projects. Projects can include —not limited to— marketing research, computer science & machine learning, web design, social media marketing. Students are paid a $1400 CAD stipend on completion of the project directly by Riipen. For more information, visit Level Up’s employer guide here and student guide here.
CEWIL Canada has created an Innovation HUB (CEWIL i-HUB) to improve students access to Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities and to remove barriers for students, ensure equity, and leverage technology. This funding prioritizes applied research/community-industry partnered projects, community service-learning, entrepreneurial WIL and field placements. For more information on eligibility and application process, visit their website visit here.
BHER WIL Partnership program provides funding to employers who create programs to hire students for WIL roles. Eligible WIL activities may include, but are not limited to: Co-op placements; practicums; applied research projects; mentorship support for existing or new WIL programs; and internships. For more information on eligibility and application process, visit their website here.