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 subsidy that ranges from 50-70% (up to $5,000-$7,000).

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.
  • Must not be 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.
  • Adhere to the net new regulations implemented for Summer 2022 terms and beyond.

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).
  • Beginning Summer 2022, eligible work placements must be a requirement as part of the student’s study plan. This can include co-operative education, internships, field placements and applied research projects. The work placement as part of the student’s study plan will be verified when confirming student eligibility.

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:


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

    Other Things to Note:

    We are currently accepting applications for students placed in the Fall 2022 (September 1 – December 31) and Winter 2023 (January 1 – April 30) terms. Please note that funding is limited and employers are encouraged to act early.

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