Talent MATCH

Supporting Museums, Arts, Tourism, Culture, and Hospitality Organizations

Has your organization considered hiring a student? Or are you a student looking to work in museums, arts, tourism, culture, or the hospitality sector? Talent MATCH is here to support you!

Student talent can bring fresh skills to your organization, help you pivot digitally, and increase capacity—but if maneuvering the post-secondary system is daunting… good news!

Talent MATCH will help you navigate the process with a focus on the needs of Museums, Arts, Tourism, Culture, and Hospitality (MATCH) organizations. Talent MATCH can:

  •   identify funding sources;
  •   connect you with post-secondary programs; and,
  •   help you recruit and onboard students into your organization.

And if you’re a student considering working in these sectors, Talent MATCH has support for you too. Just click here to view our student resources.

Access the Talent MATCH Program

Free One-on-One Support

This free program is a benefit to members of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, the BC Museums Association, and go2HR.

Talent MATCH is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in partnership with the Association of Cooperative Education & Work Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE-WIL).

Talk to one of our advisors to learn which student talent programs best fits your organizational needs. We will connect you to the appropriate post-secondary school(s) and help you identify funding sources and wage subsidies.

Throughout the process, we are available for any questions you have regarding student talent. Contact us at talentmatch@acewilbc.ca to set up a free advising session.

Contact us at Talent MATCH

In addition to one-on-one support, the Program equips you with downloadable toolkits and webinars on the process to secure funding, recruit, and onboard students.

Organizations of all sizes are eligible and we’re happy to discuss your needs and questions individually.


Recordings of Past Webinars

(Please note that information from these sessions may no longer be up to date. Be sure to check with the funding provider for the latest information.)

Talent MATCH’s Introductory Webinar

Program overview, funding info from TECHNATION (a Student Work Placement Program Delivery Partner), and types of work-integrated learning. Recorded on March 23rd, 2021.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Program & Other Programs

BC Arts Council Program Officers share information on various programs that support artists and cultural workers throughout their careers, with a focus on the Early Career Development Program. Recorded on June 1st, 2021.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

Info Session on the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Featuring two SWPP delivery partners: ICTC WIL Digital and Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Opportunities Program. They review fundable student positions, employer and student eligibility, and how to apply for this student wage subsidy. Recorded on August 4th, 2021.

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Info Session on Mitacs Business Strategy Internship & Accelerate Programs

Learn more about Mitacs’ Business Strategy Internship Program and their Accelerate Program and how these matching funds can help you hire a student to propel your organization forward. Recorded on September 22nd, 2021.

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Info Session on Propel: A New Wage Subsidy

Offered through Tourism HR Canada, Propel is specifically designed to support the tourism and hospitality sector. Learn how your organization can access a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 per student and how to bring on students from hospitality and tourism management, culinary arts, and other programs. Recorded on November 15th, 2021.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

Info Session: Cultural Human Resources Council’s Student Work Placement Program Wage Subsidy (SWPP)

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Canada’s cultural workforce—and they are now offering a new SWPP specifically focused on helping arts and culture organizations bring students on with a wage subsidy. This info session was recorded on November 23rd, 2021.

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Info Session: Canadian Museums Association’s Young Canada Works Programs: A Webinar

The Canadian Museums Association delivers two of four Young Canada Works Programs—YCW in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) for students returning to school, and YCW at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) which supports hiring post-secondary graduates. These programs provide up to 75% of the salary for a student or recent graduate. This info session was recorded on December 7th, 2021.

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Info Session: Canada Summer Jobs

Service Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program supports non-profits, small businesses (50 or fewer employees), and public sector employers with wage subsidies to provide quality work experiences for youth aged 15 to 30. This info session was recorded on January 12th, 2022.

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Hiring with EDI in Mind: A Webinar & Resources

Akanksha Thakur (she/her), the Project Lead for ACE-WIL’s EDI Resource Hub, presented an overview of the EDI Hub, which highlights the barriers that employers and student-employees face, and the resources that were built in response—including tips on inclusive job postings and interviewing, information on accessibility, power dynamics, and much more. This session was recorded on April 26, 2022.

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