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).

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