Type of Program:



Aimed squarely at the tourism and hospitality sector, the Propel Student Work Placement Program is a new initiative to help the hardest-hit sector recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

The latest addition to the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers post-secondary students opportunities to develop the work-ready skills required to secure meaningful employment upon graduation.

Qualifying employers are provided with a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 for each student hired through the program (from June 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022).

Comments on Funding:

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

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Employer eligibility criteria:

  • Registered Canadian businesses, startups, and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector.
  • The position must be a work-integrated learning placement. Student must be hired as an employee of the company (not as an independent contractor). 

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Be registered at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in a program that includes a work placement;
  • 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.

The post-secondary program can be full time or part time. Students enrolled in a post-graduate program are eligible. International students do NOT qualify for the Student Work Placement Program.

Applications Steps:

Employers participating in the program will follow this process:


Register on the Propel online portal;


Post the position they wish to fill;


Review student applications and hire a student;


Apply for a wage subsidy;


Submit paystubs and receive up to $7,500.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit paystubs to receive the subsidy.

Other Things to Note:

Currently, wage subsidies are available for student salaries paid from June 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.

Looking ahead to the 2022 summer season? If you’re seeking to employ a student on a work-integrated learning placement after March 31, 2022, please let us know via this webform.

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.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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