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 75% of the student’s salary, up to $7,500.
Payment of the subsidy funding is made 4 weeks after payroll information has been received and processed.

ICTC also offers an optional mid-point payment for 75% of paid wages. 8 weeks` worth of pay stubs (or half of the placement period) is required to be submitted.


Employer eligibility criteria

  • registered business, not-for-profit organization or post-secondary institution in Canada. Post-Secondary Institutions will be eligible to apply to the WIL Digital program as employers as of June 1st, 2021 as a flexibility measure to help cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • hiring the student s an employee of the company and not as 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.
  • The student is not replacing a displaced worker or filling a role left vacant due to a labor dispute.

Student (regardless of age) eligibility criteria: 

  • enrolled in a program at a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution, during work placement period.
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • legally entitled to work in Canada.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit

  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:

Effective immediately, until March 31st, 2022, ICTC’s COVID-19 flexibility measures are:

  1. Increased wage subsidy of 75% of the student’s salary up to $7,500;
  2. “Net new” requirement has been removed;
  3. Post-secondary institutions may apply as employers;
  4. Flexible start and end dates;
  5. Remote placements are now eligible;
  6. Mid-point payment available during placement.


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