Type of Program:

Wage subsidy


The Student Work Placement Program provides wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements. It gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. I-WIL focuses on short and intensive activities that use technology.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $5,000 for every student hired through the program and up to $7,000 for every student hired that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers, Indigenous students and visible minorities.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Young people eligible must:

  • be registered in a post-secondary program that includes work placements;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee protection given under the law; and
  • be legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where he/she lives.

Applications Steps:

Applications for wage subsidies are made through one of the Employer Delivery Partners (a group of recognized associations and organizations that represent the interests of employers in industries).

There are 2 ways students can apply for work placements funded by this program:


apply directly to a student work placement;


check with their school to find work placements.

Other Things to Note:

1. Apply for wage subsidies through one of the following funding recipients:

  • Technation;
  • Information and Communication Technology Council;
  • Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace;
  • ECO Canada;
  • Biotalent Canada;
  • Electricity Human Resources Canada;
  • Mining Industry Human Resources Council;
  • Venture for Canada;
  • Magnet Student Work Placement Program;
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium;
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce – This organization serves students and employers across Canada.
  • Tourism HR Canada.

2. Possible opportunities include:

  • short-term work placements;
  • virtual internships;
  • hackathons;
  • business cases;
  • classroom projects to help the community. 

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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