Funding for co-op students is the responsibility of the employer. However, some federal, provincial, and private organizations offer subsidies and grants to hire to students.
Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create high-quality summer job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30. For more information visit the Service Canada website.
Young Canada Works (YCW) subsidizes up to 750 job opportunities. These wage subsidies are dedicated to offering summer jobs and internships to Canadian students and graduates, allowing them to gain valuable experience while putting their skills to the test. From an employer’s perspective, fresh ideas and competitive skills are made available.
Young Canada Works (YCW) sponsors three summer job programs for students:
Support your hiring of a graduate co-op student with MITACS-Accelerate – a national internship program which connects companies and other organizations with Canada’s universities. Specifically, for UBC’s Arts Co-op Program, this eligibility would only apply to employers of graduate students from the School of Library, Information, and Archival Studies (SLAIS).
For each four-month co-op term, your organization contributes $7,500 which is matched by MITACS. During a MITACS-Accelerate internship, the student spends about half the term on site at your workplace, working on the research issue in question and collecting data. For the balance of the time, the student will spend at UBC, further advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
For more details on the MITACS-Accelerate internship program, click here.