Student Work Placement Program – Agriculture, Food Processing, and Mining


The agriculture, food processing, and mining industry is vital to Canada’s economy, playing a crucial role in providing food for domestic and international markets. The following funding delivery partners collaborate with employers and educational institutions to connect students with work placements within this sector, providing them with invaluable opportunities to gain practical experience, develop industry-specific skills, and contribute to the growth and sustainability of Canada’s agricultural, food processing, and mining industries.

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.

Student Eligibility

  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or a protected person defined by the immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Registered as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution program
  • Not an international student requiring (or on) a work permit
  • Not an immediate family member of the employer

    Employer Eligibility

    • A registered Canadian business or organization 
    • Not a federal or provincial government organization
    • Financially capable of hiring a student for a part- or full-time work term, pay
    • Net new refers to the growing number of students you hire each year and represents the number of work placement subsidies you are eligible for. 


      Remember that final decisions lie with the SWPP funding partners. This serves as a general guideline for employers’ reference. 

    Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

    The Agri-Talent program as a delivery partner for the SWPP aims to foster the development of the next generation of agricultural professionals by providing hands-on training opportunities that contribute to the growth and sustainability of the industry.

    Employer Eligibility:

    • Registered Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations from the Agriculture 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
    • Willing to hire students from both agriculture and non-agriculture backgrounds to provide quality work-integrated learning experiences to post-secondary students across Canada

     How to apply:

    1. Employer signs up on CAHRC Outcome Campus Connect
    2. Employer receives a Confirmation of Eligibility
    3. CAHRC reviews employer application
    4. CAHRC confirms employer eligibility/ineligibility for the subsidy program within 14 days
    5. CAHRC sends Terms and Conditions to eligible employers and requests student information
    1. CAHRC receives signed Terms and Conditions and student contact information.

    Deadlines for applications: Open, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Contact Information: Naheed Imran, Agri-Talent Program Manager

    Email: or

    Phone: 613-745-7457

     Funding Program: Food Processing Skills Canada Student Work Placement Program

    FPSC, also known as CTAC (Canadian Food Processing Sector Council), is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness and capacity of Canada’s food processing sector. As a funding delivery partner for the SWPP, FPSC aims to nurture a skilled and talented workforce across all educational categories from food science to business, engineering, and quality assurance.

    How to apply:

    1. Applications may be submitted through the online portal on the Employer Funding page
    2. On the Employer Funding, click ‘Appy Here”, create an account, and log in
    3. Once logged in, you will find a link to the Student Work Placement Program – SWPP
    4. Click the “Apply Now” box to be taken to the application portal.

    Deadlines for applications: Open, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Contact Information:

    Phone: 613.237.7988

    Email: /

    Project Manager: Camille Paultre

    Phone: 613.691.9403


    Project Specialist: Tiffany Gelvez

    Phone: 613.237.7988


    Outreach Manager: Cynthia Perry

    Phone: 902.749.7161


    Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) Gearing Up Program

    The Gearing Up initiative focuses on offering students meaningful 1,250 work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in the Canadian mining sector. By participating in Gearing Up, students gain practical insights into the mining industry and acquire the necessary skills to thrive in this vital sector, contributing to its ongoing development and success.

    Employer Eligibility: Small, medium, or large companies and nonprofits involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector.

    Student Eligibility: Be a component of the graduation requirements for the program (both required and optional courses with a WIL component are eligible), within the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or business fields.

     Deadlines for applications: Open, on an ongoing basis, based on funding availability.

    How to apply: Please visit Gearing Up Application and complete the online form.

    For more information:

    Please email or or complete the MiHR Online Contact Form