Student Work Placement Program – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics


All the funding delivery partners mentioned below are part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, anda Mathematics) category, which encompasses various industries and fields that are centered around scientific and technical knowledge. These organizations play a vital role in supporting work-integrated learning opportunities for students pursuing STEM-related disciplines.

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 them consistently and provide a meaningful work experience
      • Net New: 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


      BioTalent Canada Student Work Placement Program

      The BioTalent Student Work Placement Program is an initiative to increase the job readiness of students registered in STEM, healthcare, business, and all other programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Wage subsidies are available to all employers in biotechnology or healthcare creating a work-integrated learning opportunity and meeting the program criteria.

      To qualify for the program: The position needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus or the employer needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus.

      Apply online for BioTalent SWPP funding in three easy steps:

      1. Sign in to your BioTalent Canada user account
      2. On your dashboard, click on the “My Applications” under Wage Subsidy Applications
      3. Click on the “Submit new wage subsidy application” button to get started

      As a BioTalent SWPP participant, you get free access to BioEdge programs:

       Deadlines for applications: Contact [email protected]

       For program information, employers may contact: Colleen 

      Phone: 1-866-243-2472, ext. 218     Email: [email protected]

      Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation

      There is funding available for part-time and full-time students registered in programs other than STEM and business. Employers must be involved in the aviation/aerospace industry, i.e. directly as an aviation/aerospace organization or indirectly, as a supplier of goods and services for the aviation/aerospace industry.

      How to Apply:

      1. Employer completes the online Employer Information Form
      2. Students complete the online Student Information Form
      3. CCAA assesses eligibility criteria within 48 hours and contacts the Employer
      4. Upon approval, the Employer provides simple documents to support their application
      5. CCAA and the Employer sign a contract and agree to a payment schedule

      Important Tip: Confirm the placements with eligible student(s) before applying.

      Deadlines for applications: available throughout the year, employers may apply at any time.

      Contact Information:

      Phone: (613) 727-8272 ext. 232

      Email: [email protected]

      And/or complete the online contact form at Contact CCAA

      Electricity Human Resources Canada (Empowering Futures)

      EHRC’s initiatives aim to create opportunities for employers primarily involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. These opportunities encompass a wide range of areas, such as sector support, renewables, research and development (R&D), business development, energy efficiency, manufacturing equipment, and the provision of services essential for electricity generation, transmission, or distribution. Through these initiatives, employers have the chance to hire students and provide them with valuable experiential learning across diverse roles within the electricity sector. These roles span both technical and non-technical positions, allowing students to gain comprehensive exposure to the industry.

       Deadlines for applications: Applications are assessed on a rolling basis, pending funding availability. Submission may be placed on the program’s waitlist, and EHRC will be in touch within five business days to confirm the status of your application.

       For more information: Visit Empowering Futures

       How to Apply: Complete the Empowering Futures Online Form

       Contact Information: Yoana Turnin, Project Manager

      Email: [email protected]

      Phone: 613.235.5540 ext. 243

      Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada Student Work Placement Program

      ECO Canada’s Student Work Placement Program helps both students and employers find the right match and the support they need through wage assistance. Providing wage subsidies to eligible employers who hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business.

      How to Apply: Get Funding in 5 Easy Steps:

      1. Have your info ready – job description description & training plan (for employers) or postsecondary program info and a resume (for students)
      2. Apply online – fill out our automated online application
      3. Get approved – contact the Co-op Team with student Candidate Information
      4. It’s a match – once you and your hire are in the system, ECO Canada links the applications
      5. Get paid – once all contracts are received, ECO Canada will begin funding placements

         Employers and students must complete ECO Canada’s Pre-qualifying questions, a brief online application, and Eco Canada’s Employment Program team will advise if your position is eligible for funding.

         For application deadlines and other information:

        Please phone: 403-233-0748 / 1-800-890-1924

        And/or complete online contact form at  Contact ECO Canada SWPP

        Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium WIL Works

        EMC collaborates with manufacturers and educational institutions to deliver funded work-integrated learning programs. These initiatives provide students with practical exposure to real-world manufacturing processes, helping them acquire industry-relevant skills and knowledge.

        How to Apply: Make sure all program Documents are complete and create an account at EMC WILWorks Platform

        For application deadlines and other information: Please visit EMC WILWorks Post Secondary

        Contact Information:

        Wendy Gray, Senior Project Coordinator

        Email: [email protected]

        Phone: 519-377-5709


        Carol Choquette, Employer Engagement Specialist

        Email: [email protected]

        Phone: 514-709-5389


        Information and Communication Technology Council WIL Digital Program
        1. Identify a student you would like to hire.
        2. To start the WIL Digital application, click the APPLY button ICTC Apply.
        3. This will take you to the log-in page of Survey Monkey.
        4. If you do not have an account with Survey Monkey, please REGISTER to create your account.
        5. Complete the Pre-screen eligibility quiz, if you pass, then you can start your application.
        6. Student(s) complete the application form with supporting documentation.
        7. The application is submitted to ICTC for review and feedback.

        For application deadlines and more information: Please visit the WIL Digital Team

        Contact Information:  

        Email: [email protected]

        Phone: 613-237-8551

        Application Assistance: Extension 159

        General Questions & Partnerships: Extension 842

        Technation - Career Ready Program

        With a mission to accelerate Canada’s tech industry, Technation collaborates with employers to provide meaningful work-integrated learning experiences for students. By facilitating partnerships between tech companies and educational institutions, the Career Ready Program helps students develop relevant skills and gain exposure to cutting-edge technologies, ensuring they are equipped for successful careers in the dynamic tech landscape.

        Qualified Positions: Tech touches almost all industries and disciplines. The Career Ready Program has opened eligibility to students outside of STEM programs. That means students studying arts, business and other interdisciplinary or hybrid areas now qualify.

        • The position is tech immersive. Utilizes technology either entirely or in some capacity
        • The position is a meaningful work integrated learning experience
        • The position is paid


        Deadlines for applications: Technation accepts applications on a rolling basis and will update their site and applicants if funding becomes limited. Applications must be submitted before or during the placement period. For example, applications for Fall 2023 won’t be considered if received in January 2024.

        Contact Information: Jacob Lolarga, Program Coordinator

        Email: [email protected]

        And/or complete online contact form at Contact Technation