Type of Program:



The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences. Students in turn benefit with quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study.

Comments on Funding:

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

Placements can be partially funded by non-federal (provincial, municipal, territorial) government funds provided these funds and the funds from the SWPP together do not exceed 100% of the gross wage paid to the student during the placement

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Employer eligibility criteria:

  • Registered, Canadian business or not-for-profit;
  • Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges and polytechnics) will be able to be the employer of record to offer meaningful placements to students.
  • Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Government does not qualify;
  • Financial institutions do not qualify.

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Registered as a domestic student in a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Must have a work-integrated learning component within their study plan.
  • Undertaking a placement that is recognized as work-integrated learning in connection with a course, degree, certificate, diploma, or other recognized program offered by the institution. The placement can be required or optional, for credit or not for credit.
  • Graduate students (including Masters and PhD’s) are eligible.
  • Can be in a full or part-time program.
  • Can be from any program of study.

Applications Steps:


Applicants must create an Outcome Campus Connect account to apply. (Outcome Campus Connect is Canada’s largest online campus recruiting platform. Send your job posting directly to campus job boards.)

Other Things to Note:

Employer applications are now being accepted. They are currently accepting applications for Fall 2021.

Magnet is one of 17 SWPP delivery partners across Canada. 

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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