Hiring Incentives

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. 

Federal Programs 

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: 

Information and Communication Technology Council - WIL Digital: For student placements that have a digital content 

Technation - Career Ready Program: For student placements that are tech-focused 

Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation:  For student placements in the aviation and aerospace sector

ECO Canada: For student placements in the environmental sector 

Biotalent Canada: For student placements or employers that have a biotechnology or healthcare focus

Electricity Human Resources Canada - Empowering Features Program: For student placements in electricity industry (generation, transmission, and distribution) and for employers represented by Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC).

Mining Industry Human Resources Council - Gearing Up: For student placements in mining sector 

Venture for Canada: For Startup employers and their entrepreneurial projects in all provinces, excluding placements in Ontario   

Magnet Student Work Placement Program: For student placements in any industry and employers who are registered Canadian businesses and non-for-profits. Some exceptions might apply. 

Excellence in Manufacturing - WIL Works: For student placements in manufacturing industry 

Ontario Chamber of Commerce - Talent Opportunities Program: For student placements in any industry and employers who are registered Canadian businesses and non-for-profits. Some exceptions might apply. 

TruckingHR Canada Student Work Placement Subsidy:  For student placements in the Canadian truck transportation and logistics industry

TourismHR Canada - Propel Student Work Placement Program: For student placements in culinary, hospitality, recreation, and tourism 

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. The call for applications for Summer 2022 is now open. Applications are due by January 25, 2022. Funding confirmations will be sent to employers starting in April 2022. For more information, visit their  website.  

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