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

Co-op Students at work

SWPP funding during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

SWPP funding has become temporarily more flexible. If you didn't qualify in the past, you should consider applying now:

-NEW: "Net new" hire restrictions have been removed. All new co-op students are now considered for funding (not just new roles or more students than previous years).

- Can't hire a co-op student for the full four months but still want to hire? Shortened work terms may now be eligible for SWPP funding (i.e.: work terms that begin after May).

- Co-op students can work from home.

- SWPP partners are developing a pre-approval checklist so you can find out if you're eligible for funding before going through the hiring process.

- Post-secondary institutions now qualify for SWPP funding as long as the experience is a quality work-integrated learning opportunity that's linked to the student's program of study and career goals. This also applies to research positions.

NOTE: Any employer experiencing changes to a work term that's already been approved for SWPP funding should reach out directly to the appropriate SWPP funding partner immediately to communicate these changes.  

Information last updated June 1, 2020. 

Thinking of hiring a 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 10 delivery partner organizations that help distribute this funding.

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

General eligibility requirements

  • Employers can hire students in any program (i.e.: Arts, Business, Science...etc.)
  • However, students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment to qualify for funding from SWPP
  • Provincial and territorial governments are NOT eligible for SWPP funding
  • Positions must be net new to qualify for SWPP funding (i.e.: positions over and above what employers hired last year at the same time)

All SWPP delivery partner info