Type of Program:

Wage Subsidy


The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on work placements. Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to 75 per cent (up to a maximum of $7,500) per placement.

Comments on Funding:

The wage subsidy is up to 75%, to a maximum of $7,500 per placement.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline



  • must be registered Canadian businesses or not-for-profit organizations;
  • may be located anywhere in Canada;
  • may operate in any industry sector;
  • must hire college and university students on work placements.

Students hired on work placements must:

  • be registered as a domestic student at a recognized Canadian college or university;
  • be enrolled in a program or course where a work placement is part of their study plan;
  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant federal, provincial or territorial legislation and regulations;
  • be registered in a full-time or part-time program in any field of study.

Applications Steps:


Employers must create an account and login on the online portal at those who already have a Magnet account, may log in with their existing Magnet credentials.


Once logged in, they will find a link that mentions the Student Work Placement Program – SWPP. Please click the “Apply Now” box to be taken to the application portal.


After an application is submitted, the student will be invited to complete the online student information form and sign the student agreement. Employers may collect the Student Agreement and upload the document when submitting their application, otherwise the student will be asked to submit the document when completing the student information form. Note: A signed Student Agreement is required for application approval.


When an application is granted conditional approval, the employer will be required to sign a recipient agreement and funds will be set aside for the wage subsidy. Employers are encouraged to review the Recipient Agreement and the terms of conditions contained therein prior to submitting an application.

Documentation Needed:

The following documents will also need to be uploaded:

  1. 1
    Employment contract or letter;
  2. 2
    Proof of Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee status (accepted documents include government issued ID, such as a passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card, etc.; SIN cards are not acceptable);
  3. 3
    Proof of enrollment (i.e. a document from the student’s post-secondary institution indicating the student is registered in a program or course where a work-integrated learning component is part of their study plan, such as a co-op document, letter from school, etc. that clearly shows this information).

Other Things to Note:

TOP is a program delivered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with funding from the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

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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