Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Co-op Students at work

Thinking of hiring a student studying in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business student? 

You may be eligible to receive up to $7,000 in wage subsidies! Check out the 10 employer delivery partners below. Access this funding for your next co-op hire!


As part of the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), formerly known as the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP), a variety of funding opportunities are available for employers to hire students for the purposes of experiential learning. This funding is being administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

SWPP Wage Subsidy Amount

Through SWPP, organizations within Canada that offer full-time employment opportunities between 12-16 weeks for full-time Canadian post-secondary students can receive wage subsidies:

  • up to 50% of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) per student OR
  • up to 70% (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students including first-year students, women in STEM, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers.

How can you access this funding to hire co-op?

There are a total of 9 delivery partner organizations that help distribute this funding.

You can apply for this funding through the SWPP delivery partners. Check out the info below!

Upcoming application deadlines to hire for September - December 2019:

  • Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) of Canada – Co-op Program
    • Deadline: Applications for Fall 2019 will remain open until the August 23, 2019.
  • Information Technology Association of Canada – Career Ready Program
    • Deadline: Applications for Fall 2019 will remain open (opened on July 15, 2019)

All SWPP delivery partner info

Information updated: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Student eligibility requirement: Employers MUST hire students enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and Business programs, AND a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to who refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment to qualify for funding from SWPP