SWPP Funding

Announced in August 2017, the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) 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 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 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 10 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 WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca 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.

(6) MaRS Discovery District

Program Name: Student Work Placement Program

Scaling ventures and corporations ventures in Health, Energy & Environment, Finance & Commerce, and Work & Learning are encouraged to apply.

Contact MaRS for more information.

(7) Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

Program Name: Empowering Futures

Employers must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the electricity sector.

Contact Mark Chapeskie for more information.

(8) Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Program Name: 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.

(9) Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)

Program Name: ASPIRE

For organizations in the Financial Services sector, who agree to the Employer Pledge:

  • Strategically align student roles with business needs and make clear the link to organizational success.
  • Pay students a competitive market wage.
  • Enable students to experience inspiring leadership.
  • Offer professional or personal development opportunities.
  • Provide constructive feedback on student performance.
  • Remove unconscious bias from the recruitment process to create a level playing field for applicants.

Contact ASPIRE for more information.

(10) Venture for Canada

Program Name: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

Target employers are small to medium sized companies and organizations with 2 - 500 employees based in Atlantic Canada.