Funding Supports

Many supports and programs, such as Canada Summer Jobs and Mitacs, can provide funding to help you hire a student. This page is your one stop shop for all of the local, provincial, and federal government grants that can help you bring student talent into your organization.

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Supports

Our four most common funding partners are highlighted below. After that section, you can find a full list of our 24 funding delivery partners who offer financial supports to help you hire a student.

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Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)

CSJ is a program under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.

Organization/Student Role: Nonprofit employers, private and public sector employers registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The organization must have a CRA payroll deductions program account (RP) prior to hiring students through the CSJ program.

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Alberta WIL Vouchers

The Government of Alberta introduced the Work Integrated Learning Industry Voucher Pilot Program, to help students get the job-ready skills they need while providing Alberta-based employers with access to local talent. It will provide employers with a grant of up to $5,000 per student placement, which is matched by the employer. Additionally, there is grant stacking with any of the Federal Wage Subsidy Programs.

Construction and ALL related sectors, life, health, and food sciences, members of the Alberta Hospitality Association (AHA) and Alberta Archeological Association (ASA) operating in Alberta.

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Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) funding offsets the costs associated with hiring and training students in meaningful work experiences by providing reimbursements. This Government of Canada funding is administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through 17 Employer Delivery Partners.

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MITACS

Mitacs funds Interns to undertake Applied Research projects (Accelerate program) OR Innovation projects (Business Strategy Internship program) under the supervision of an Academic Supervisor with a Sponsor Organization (the industry partner).

Browse All Funding Supports

Funding PartnerIndustry FocusRole FocusFull-Time Work:Payroll Department Required??Upfront Funds Required??Contact InformationNotes
Canada Summer JobsAnyAnyNoYesYesLink
MitacsAnyResearchNoNoYesEmail
CC for Aviation & AerospaceAviation and aerospace companies, companies that provides goods and services to support avationand aerospace cos.Be in position that supports the aviation and aerospace industry.NoYesYesEmail
ICTCAnyTechYesYesYesEmail
TechnationAny - Except (financial sector employer, PSI, or government)Tech-immersiveYesYesYesEmail
EHRC: Empowering Futures (SWPP)Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.
Sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency.
Firms engaged in manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to generation, transmission or distribution
STEAM or BusinessNoN - proof of payments only, CRA registration is NOT requiredYesEmail
ECO CanadaSTEM and Business: small to medium-sized companies (under 500 employees)Environmental jobs in STEAM or Business.NoYesYesLink
EMC WILWorksManufacturing& Allied IndustryAnyNoYesYesEmail
Canadian Media Producers AssociationScreen-based companies for SWPP (members for other CMPA programs)Any in Media ProductionNoNoYesEmail
Cultural HR CouncilDigital Media (Content Creators); Film and Television; Live Performing Arts; Music and Sound Recording; Visual Arts and Crafts; Writing and Publishing; and Heritage.AnyNoYes, but not at applyingYesEmail
The Student Work Placement ProgramAnyAnyNoYes, but not at applying (will need to submit first and last paystubs)YesLink
Ontario Chamber of CommerceAny - Except (financial sector employer, PSI, or government)AnyNoYesYesEmail
Tourism HR Canada: PropelRegistered Canadian businesses, startups, and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector.Any role related to tourism/hospitality businessYesYesYesEmail
Trucking HR CanadaTrucking, Transportation, Logistics and related industriesAnyNoYesYesEmailUp to $2,000 extra for underrepresented groups. WIL student required.
Venture for CanadaStart-ups, Entrepreneural, small or medium-sized business, start-up, social enterprises, nonprofit, or charity, less than 500 employeesAnyNoY, but not at applyingYes, but half of your allowable subsidy is paid within six weeks of your intern's start date, and the remainder is paid upon completion of the placement.LinkRegistered (pre-Covid) in one of the following Canadian provinces: the Northern Territories, BC, AB, SK, MB, QC, NB, NS, PE or NL
Food Processing Skills CanadaAny - Except (financial sector employer, PSI, or government)AnyNoYesYesEmail
Gearing Up-Mining Industry HR CouncilMining Sector, PSI, NonprofitSTEM & Business ProgramYesYes, only at the end of the placementNoEmail
Canadian Agricultural Resource CouncilAgriculture Industry (including but not limited to: field crops, primary producers, greenhouse, horticulture, aquaculture, veterinary clinics servicing farm animals/ livestock, farm equipment dealerships, input dealers and agriculture focused media agencies)AnyNoYesYesEmail
Technology Alberta: FIRST JobsTechnology SMEsTech & related rolesNoYesYes, reimbursement: $2000 – After week 10 (Reimbursed 2-4 weeks later); Remaining $2000 After Week 20, also reimbursed 2-4 weeks later)Email
BioAlbertaSTEM & Life SciencesRelated & applicable to Life SciencesYesYes, but not at applyingYEmail
The Archaeological Society of AlbertaArcheology, heritage, museumRelated/tangent with industryNoNoYesEmail30 placements available
Alberta Hospitality AssociationHospitality - members ONLY of AHAHospitality sector (service and kitchen-related positions, management, marketing, administrative and tech support. )NoYes, but not at applyingYes, reimbused quarterlyEmail
Alberta Food Processors Association (Food Futures)Food processing & related industry.Related to food processingNoYes, only at the end of the placementYesEmail

Funding Partners

Explore our funding support hub below, or contact our team to find out which options can help your organization hire a student.

Canada Summer Jobs

Provides wage subsidies for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

Mitacs

Helps students secure funding, research placements, and hands-on experience by applying their expertise.

BioTalent Canada – Career Starter

An initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM, healthcare, business, ther programs.

CC for Aviation & Aerospace

Helps post-secondary students get the experience they need to prepare for jobs in these high-demand fields.

ICTC

An innovative program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring students.

Technation

Supports businesses by financing their decision to hire a student for a work-term placement.

EHRC: Empowering Futures (SWPP)

Supporting newcomers to Canada, youth, students and third- and fourth-year apprentices.

ECO Canada

Employment programs that stimulate environmental career pathways, skill development, and business growth.

EMC WILWorks

The WILWorks Student Program is designed to incentivize employers to offer more student positions.

Canadian Media Producers Association

Wage subsidies to engage students on a full- or part-time basis, providing a flexible approach to working with students.

Cultural HR Council

Subsidies help employers hire post-secondary students by providing wage subsidies of 50% to a maximum of $5,000.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on WIL placements.