The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) – Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Digital Subsidy (2022)


ICTC’s WIL Digital is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students.

ICTC’s WIL Digital supports Canadian businesses that offer student work placements within the Digital Economy

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a subsidy of of 50% up to $5,000 (or 70% up to $7,000 for underrepresented students).


Employer eligibility criteria:

  • Be a registered, Canadian business or non-profit;
  • Hiring students as an employee of the company and not a contractor or an independent contractor;
  • Have the financial capacity to hire a student for the full work term, pay them consistently and provide a meaningful work experience;
  • The position is digital/technology immersive and uses technology either entirely or in some Capacity;
  • Be compliant with Human Rights and Labor legislation, regulation, and laws in the respective province or region;
  • Maintain and provide records of employment, proof of wages paid, and reports when requested by ICTC or the Government of Canada;
  • Where legally required, the employer is responsible for Workplace Safety and Insurance or alternate workplace insurance coverage;
  • The student is not replacing a displaced worker or filling a role left vacant due to a labor Dispute;
  • The application for funding must have started with ICTC before the student placement start Date;
  • The position is Net New.

Common disqualifiers:

  • Federal, Provincial, Territorial, Municipal government, or financial institutions (incl: credit unions) do not qualify for the program;
  • The student is an immediate family member of somebody in the organization. “immediate family”: the father, mother, step-father, step-mother, brother, sister, spouse (including common-law partner), child (including the child of common-law partner), step-child, ward, father in law, mother in law or relative permanently residing in the household of the director;
  • The position is already subsidized by other federal funding.
  • Incomplete application and/or does not provide supporting documents;
  • The application was started after the student placement start date.

The student must meet the below eligibility criteria:

  • Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Enrolled in a program at a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution, during the work placement period;
  • The student is legally entitled to work in Canada.

Common disqualifiers:

  • International students or students with work permits do not qualify;
  • The student is an immediate family member of somebody in the organization.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit


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    1. the signed contract with ICTC on their application system;
    2. a Learning Plan to ICTC. The Learning Plan form is filled out by the employer (supervisor) together with the student in the employer`s profile.
    3. complete the final evaluations (separately) within the last two (2) weeks of the work placement;
    4. at the end of the placement the below payroll records (First and Last Statement of Earnings for contract period):
    • This document may include the following information:
    • Accounting software name (if applicable)
    • Company name
    • Pay period
    • Name of participant
    • Gross income
    • Statutory deductions withheld, and
    • Year-to-date amount
    • Direct deposit transaction or Cheque No. (if applicable)
    •  If employer paid wages by cheque, they must provide copies of cleared checks.
    • If employer paid wages via direct deposit/EFT (electronic fund transfer), they must provide the bank remittance advice, payment register/report or copy of a bank statement showing that the payment went through.

    Other Things to Note:

    As of April 1st, 2022, ICTC’s COVID-19 flexibility measures have ended. The following eligibility requirements are reinstated:

    1. Wage subsidy of 50% up to $5,000 (or 70% up to $7,000 for underrepresented students);
    2. “Net new” requirement is in effect;
    3. Post-secondary institutions are not eligible as employers;
    4. Applications must be created in the application portal prior to the student’s start date.


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