Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Federal Government of Canada announces new SWPP co-op funding opportunities

The Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

The following partners currently provide funding for the SWPP program:
  • Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA)
  • BioTalent Canada
  • ECO Canada
  • Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
  • Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
Funding:
  • While there may be some variation depending on the partner, in general, organizations may receive $5,000 - $7,000 per co-op student for the fall 2018 and winter 2019 terms
    • 50% up to $5,000 for all students
    • 70% up to $7,000 for students within under-represented groups in STEM (females, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, newcomers in Canada five years or less, and first-year students

CANADIAN COUNCIL FOR AVIATION & AEROSPACE

Eligible employers: 
  • organizations within the aviation and aerospace industry
  • The program will focus on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business
Eligible students:
  • Participant is registered full-time in a science, technology engineering, math or business program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
How to apply: BIOTALENT CANADA SWILP FUNDING

Eligible employers:
  • Open to all organizations that are part of the economic sector represented by BioTalent Canada
  • Sectors include:
    • Bio-health (Medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, natural compound bioactives, functional foods, biomolecules)
    • Bio-energy (Biomolecules, biodiesel, ethanol, methane, bio-oil)
    • Bio-industrial (Biocatalysts, biosolvents, bioplastics, biocoatings, bioadhesives, agri-fibre composites)
    • Agri-biotech (Agri-fibre composites, animal/plant genetics, livestock vaccines, animal nutritional supplements, functional foods)
    • Non-biotech
  • The co-op position must be a minimum of 16 weeks – 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day
Eligible students to receive funding:
  • Participant is registered full-time in a science, technology engineering, math or business program at a Canadian post-secondary institution and/or
  • Must be enrolled in a co-op program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • The student must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • The co-op opportunity is with a bio-economy employer and/or
  • The co-op opportunity is fulfilling a bio-economy job function
  • The co-op work term must be a minimum of 16 weeks, 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day
  • The student must consent to release co-op employment information to BioTalent Canada and the Government of Canada periodically during and after the end of the work term
How to apply:
  • Visit BioTalent's website to download and complete the application forms  
  • Forms can be submitted to Mary Carr at mcarr@biotalent.ca
  • Please note that for fall 2018 and winter 2019, organizations that meet BioTalent's SWILP criteria may receive funding as "existing" jobs qualify for BioTalent funding
Funding is limited - apply today by going to the BioTalent website and complete your application
 
ECO CANADA CO-OP PROGRAM

Funding:
  • Provides 50% (up to $5,000 over a four-month period) for employers who hire environmental students
Eligible employers:
  • Employers must be willing to provide full-time work (5 days per week, 7.5 hrs per day) for a 16-week term duration in an environmental capacity to be eligible for funding
  • An organization working in the environmental sector, has an environmental division, or is working on environmental projects
  • Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary
  • A role with a science, technology, engineering, math, or business component
Eligible students:
  • Current university or college students from an environmental program who are studying in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)
  • Looking for a 4-month full-time work term
Deadline to find an eligible student
  • You will need to have found an eligible co-op student within 30 days of the start date of the session you indicated on your application form
    • If you cannot find a student within 30 days, contact Eco Canada to keep your spot secured
How to apply:
  • Complete the form on Eco Canada's website and they'll review your application within ten business days
 
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL (ICTC) 

Eligible employers:
  • Organizations within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector
  • Are from one of the following areas of growth: Intelligent Retail, Fintech, Advanced Manufacturing or any identified high-growth sectorEligible students:
  • Must be either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Must be registered as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution
How to apply: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (ITAC) 

Eligible employers:
  • Small or medium-sized organizations (up to 500 employees)
  • Able to offer a minimum of a 12-week work term
  • Able to offer a position in either a Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or related area
  • The work term student(s) cannot be an existing employee OR have any previous working history with the organization 
    • The work term student needs to be net new to the organization
Eligible students:
  • Must be enrolled in a work term program in either Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or related area
    • Note: only students at a select number of post-secondary institutions (Ryerson University, Centennial College, Seneca College, or Sheridan College) qualify to receive this funding for fall 2018
    • Further schools will become available in 2019
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
  • Are eligible to work in Canada
  • Are not currently employed as a paid employee at the host employer
How to apply:
  • Visit ITAC's website for more information and to apply for this funding program
 
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