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In this issue:
  1. President's Message
  2. Upcoming Town Hall February 8th
  3. Reminder: Student of the Year Award deadline
  4. Research Committee request for information - complete the survey
  5. Funding info - WIL Digital Employer Wage Subsidy Program

President's Message

Greetings ACE-WIL Membership,

Happy new year, everyone! Although this is not the January we were hoping for in terms of the pandemic, I hope all of you had time to take a break and celebrate the festive season.

In 2022, I look forward to continuing the work of the association and connecting with all of you. Despite the challenges we find ourselves in, I am confident that we'll continue to find ways to do the important work we aim to do: leading excellence in post-secondary experiential learning through Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning experiences.

I invite you all to our first town hall of 2022 on February 8. We'll review some of the main themes of the 46 Phase II COWIL Initiative projects and provide participants with the opportunity to connect with each other and exchange ideas and experiences. Hope to see you all then!


Anna Jubilo (She/Her/Hers)
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Connecting the Phase II COWIL Projects

Join us on February 8, from 12 – 1 pm for the first Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE-WIL) Town Hall of the new year! At this event hosted by our friends at BCcampus, Karima Ramji and her team will lead us in a self-location activity. We will then review the main themes of the 46 Phase II BC Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning (COWIL) Initiative Projects and offer opportunities to connect you with colleagues doing similar work across the province. ACE-WIL President Ana Jubilo will end this event with important updates from ACE-WIL. ​Let’s take the time to reconnect and look ahead to the new year in the WIL world! This event is free through Zoom.

Register now!

Student of the Year Nomination Deadline


ACE-WIL BC /Yukon is looking to recognize students that participated in work-integrated learning (WIL) and you can help!

The four awards recognize a college and a university student participating in co-operative education, and a college and a university student participating in other forms of work-integrated learning. Each of the four winning students, their institutions, and partner organizations will receive provincial recognition. Each winning student will receive a $500 cash award.

Deadline: Monday, January 24, 2022 at 4:00pm PST


Information request - ACE-WIL Research Committee survey

The ACE-WIL Research Committee is interested in learning more about the research you conduct in WIL and about your research interest. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey.


WIL Digital Employer Wage Subsidy Program

As of June 1st, 2021 all WIL Digital employers that are registered and operating in B.C. may be eligible to receive an additional 25% wage subsidy, up to a maximum of $2,500 through the Innovator Skills Initiative top-up for each student hired. The maximum number of placements eligible for the top up (of the 25%) is 10 per employer.

Through this partnership, the combined wage subsidies offered to approved WIL Digital employers registered and operating in B.C. will be equal to the WIL wage subsidy + the Innovator Skills Initiative top-up.

For example:
WIL Digital wage subsidy (@75%) up to a maximum of $7,500+ Innovator Skills Initiative top-up (@25%) up to a maximum of $2,500 = 100% wage subsidy to a maximum of $10,000.

Employer Eligibility
Employers must be:
  • A registered private company or a non-profit organization in B.C. and have less than 500 employees.
  • Offering a high-quality placement that includes a digital or technological component and uses technology in some capacity.
NOTE: Post-secondary institutions are eligible to apply as employers through the WIL Digital and Innovator Skills Initiative, but at limited capacity. Connect with the WIL Digital team for more information.

Student Eligibility
The student must be a:
  • Canadian Citizen, permanent resident of Canada or,
  • A protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Enrolled in a program at an accredited post-secondary institution in British
  • Columbia, during the work placement period
  • Legally able to work in British Columbia
  • Eligible for the WIL Digital program
Please refer to our Student Program Guide for more details.

How to Apply:
Employers located in B.C. who apply to the WIL Digital program will be automatically considered for the Innovator Skills Initiative top-up funding to their WIL Digital program subsidy.

Apply today!

The Innovator Skills Initiative is funded by Innovate BC and the Province of British Columbia.
WIL Digital is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

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