Student Work Placement Program – Employment and Social Development Canada (2022)


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.


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:

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. 

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