Funding Resources

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.

Announced in August 2017, the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) funds co-op positions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business. This federal government investment of $73 million will create up to 10,000 positions over 4 years.

Subsidy Amount

Through SWILP, employers can receive subsidies of up to 50% of a student’s wages, up to a maximum of $5,000. If the student is from an under-represented group (first-year students, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers), the wage subsidy is up to 70% or to a maximum of $7,000.

To access the funding, apply through one of the following organizations:

(1) Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

Program Name: Career Ready

Eligible positions relevant for Arts Co-op students are those in Business Technology Management, including:

  • Market Research/Analysis
  • Technology Consulting/Business Analyst
  • Sales/Business Development
  • Project Management

Contact Gina van Dalen, Executive Director, ITAC Talent for more information.

(2) Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC)

Program Name: WIL Digital

Employers should belong to a high-growth sector, such as clean tech, fintech, entertainment and gaming, biotechnology, cybersecurity, e-health, intelligent retailing, connected transportation, and advanced manufacturing.

Contact or fill out the application form to receive more information or to participate in the program.

(3) Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA)

Program Name: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

Eligible positions may include technology, project or business management, supply chain, mechanics, or other STEM and business related positions.

Contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, Director of Project Management at CCAA for more information.

(4) Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)

Program Name: CO-OP Program

Positions should be related to the environment or an environmental project with an element of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.

Contact ECO Canada for more information.

(5) Biotalent Canada

Program Name: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

To qualify, either the employer or the co-op position itself needs to have a biotechnology focus.

Contact Mary Carr for more information.

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 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) 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.

Young Canada Works (YCW) sponsors 2 summer job programs for students:

Project assistance program “Component I: Co-op Placements” provides arts and cultural organizations from across British Columbia with support in hiring students through co-op placements for professional work experiences.

Visit the BC Arts Council website for more info.

The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program provides $2,700 (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.

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.

For each 4-month co-op term, your organization contributes $7,500 which is matched by Mitacs.

During an 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.