Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) – WILWorks


WILWorks will provide value to manufacturing employers by providing wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a wage subsidies of up to $7,500 per placement.

Partial government funds from provincial, territorial, or municipal sources are permitted.

Placements can be partially government-funded, but only funds from non-governmental sources can be subsidized under this program (i.e., a position paid with 60% provincial grant funding is only eligible for a 40% subsidy of the non-governmental funds from the employer). An employer must disclose if, and by how much, government sources are partially funding the placement.


Employer eligibility criteria:

  • A registered Canadian business or organization.
  • A member of Canada’s manufacturing and related sectors (e.g., North American Industry Classification – NAICS codes 31-33) (Not a federal or provincial government organization).
  • Able to hire a student for a part- or full-time work term, and be able to pay the student consistently.
  • Able to provide a meaningful work experience for the student.
  • Post-secondary institutions are now considered an eligible employer as part of the temporary COVID-19 relief measures.

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student in a post secondary institution in any program (e.g. Arts, Business, STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, Math), Humanities, Social Sciences, etc.).
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Be legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where you live.
  • There are no age limits for students.
  • Although it is not an eligible requirement, students who are deemed to be part of an underrepresented group are encouraged to apply (see below).

Documentation Needed:

The final subsidy amount will be determined at the end of the placement, pending receipt of:

  • The employer’s and the student’s Exit Surveys;
  • An invoice and attestation from the employer to EMC, and,
  • The student’s first and final pay stubs.

Throughout the application process, students will be asked for:

  • Completed Student Information Form;
  • Proof of Enrollment;
  • Student Exit Survey.

Other Things to Note:

  1. We are still accepting applications for students placed in the Summer and Fall 2021 terms; if you have not yet submitted an application nor received funding for these placements, please submit your application today. The Winter term is now open and will be subsidized from January until March 31st, 2022* Now is the time to start recruiting!
  2. The work term can still run until April 30th, however subsidy is only covered until March 31st.
  3. Please note that the subsidy for the Winter 2022 term will cover from January 2022 until March 31st, 2022 at this time. An announcement for funding beyond April 1st, 2022 will be provided at a later date.

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