The Federal Government’s Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) offers the Student Work Placement Program to create quality work-integrated learning opportunities for students who will be better positioned to secure employment in their field of study.
- The program provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers.
- Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in a STEM program, Indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may qualify for funding up to 70% (to a maximum of $7,000).
- Funding is provided for net new positions that are over and above what the employer usually hires or for new positions.
- Placements can range from 4 to 16 weeks, full or part time, with a minimum of 10 hours per week.
- Employers can apply for back-to-back placements for the same student.
- Students must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution, be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.
- Applications accepted year-round.
Wage subsidies must be applied for through one of the employer partner organizations (listed below).