SWPP Funding

The federal Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) provides wage subsidies for employers to hire post-secondary students across Canada.

Through SWPP, 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, newcomers, and visible minorities), 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.

Due to the diversity of eligible roles and sectors, most UBC Arts Co-op employers would find the best fit through Magnet, TechNation, Talent Opportunities Program, and Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC).

Magnet Student Work Placement Program

The program is delivered by Magnet along with a range of recognized associations and organizations who represent key industries and sectors in Canada.

Eligible employers can be from any industry, except for large institutions from the financial sector. Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal government, as well as federal and provincial Crown corporations, also do not qualify.


An eligible employer must be willing to provide a quality work experience in role which immerses a student in the use of technology. Tech and non-tech focused organizations are encouraged to apply.

Roles can be in the fields of:

  • Arts & Interdisciplinary
  • Business & Business Technology Management
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Computer Systems Technology

Talent Opportunities Program (TOP)

The program is delivered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and is open to registered Canadian businesses or not-for-profit organizations located anywhere in Canada, operating in any sector. Exceptions include major financial sector employers and federal, provincial, territorial or municipal governments.

Information and Communication Technology Council WIL Digital

The program targets employers whose core business is in emerging IT and ICT-digital sectors. Alternatively, the position may still be eligible if the application clearly demonstrates that the position offered is directly involved in the development or implementation of an emerging technology.

ECO Canada Student Work Placement Program

This program supports employers and post-secondary partners to help students kick-start their career path in the environmental sector.

BioTalent Student Work Placement Program

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

Electricity Human Resources Canada Empowering Futures

This funding is intended to create work-integrated learning opportunities in the electricity sector.

Mining Industry Human Resources Council Gearing Up

Employers must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary, and in one of the following categories:

  • Small, medium or large companies involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector;
  • Post-secondary educational institution; or
  • Not-for profit organization.

Venture for Canada Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

Funding is available to a range of employers across Canada:

  • You’re an SME, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity
  • Your business is located in BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI, or NL
  • You have between 1 - 500 employees
  • You can provide an internship opportunity that allows Venture Canada interns to contribute to new initiatives or add new value to your organization.
  • All industries welcome

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium WILWorks

Funding is intended to support Canada's manufacturing and related sectors (e.g. North American Industry Classification - NAICS codes 31-33).