BioTalent Canada Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) (2022)


The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM, healthcare, business and all other programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Wage subsidies are available to all employers and post-secondary institutions who are creating a work-integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 75% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $7,500.


The employer must:

  • all employers and post-secondary institutions,
  • be creating a work-integrated learning opportunity,
  • propose a position that has a biotechnology or healthcare focus or the employer needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus,
  • provide full-time or part-time employment up to a max. of 16 weeks,
  • be a bio-economy employer or healthcare employer and/or fulfilling a bio-economy or healthcare job function,
  • add the student to his payroll which includes Federal/Provincial tax deductions. Co-ops paid through a stipend or grant are not eligible. Participants are not eligible for the program as contractors.

Biotech or healthcare employers can hire students from any post-secondary institutions across Canada through BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program. Should the co-op be longer than 16 weeks, employers must contact BioTalent Canada as they could be eligible to apply for another funding term.

The intern must be:

  • enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at a Canadian post-secondary education institution,
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
  • Studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and/ or any other program.

Applications Steps:

BioTalent Canada has launched online SWPP submissions effective January 11, 2022. Please note, PDF application forms will no longer be accepted after January 31, 2022. To access our online submission tools—available January 11, 2022—please log into your account.

All existing employers’ accounts will be reset. Your new credentials will be your email address as both username and password. You can change your password once you log in. For technical support, please reach out to Marie:

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1Online submissions are limited to SWPP and are not available for other programs at this time.
  2. 2As a SWPP participant, you get the added benefit of free access to BioTalent Canada’s new training programs—“Essential Skills Fundamentals Training Program” and “Technical Skills Fundamentals Training Program”. Access will be provided to you once your placement is approved.


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