MiHR Gearing Up – Student Work Placement Program (2022)


Gearing Up provides wage subsidies of up to $7,500 to mining employers who create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students.

Gearing Up helps students develop skills and experience through WIL – aiding in their transition to long-term employment in the mining sector or the pursuit of advanced studies upon graduation. While Gearing Up is open to any eligible student, the program also encourages participation by underrepresented groups such as women in STEM, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, first year students, and visible minorities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 75% of a student’s salary (up to $7,500) for WIL placements. This funding may not be combined with funding from any other federal programs.

There are two options for funding disbursement:

  1. 75% of the total wage subsidy may be paid at the start of the placement and the remaining 25% of thewage subsidy will be paid at the salary threshold or at the end of the placement. or
  2. 100% of the wage subsidy can be paid at the end of the placement or once the wage subsidy threshold has been met (minimum $10,000 of the salary has been paid).


Companies must be:

  • Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiaries;
  • small, medium, or large companies involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector;
  • post-secondary educational institutions;
  • not-for-profit organization.

Eligibility requirements for participants:

  • be registered in a full-time or part-time post-secondary program;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee protection given under the law;
  • be legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live’;
  •  be studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business.

International students are not eligible for a Gearing Up wage subsidy.

Other Things to Note:

Applications are currently being accepted for placements in the 2021-2022 program year (April 2021-March 2022).

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