SWILP Co-op Funding Info

 

Government of Canada’s SWILP (Student Work-Integrated Learning Program) Co-op Subsidy

Official SWILP Announcement
Read official announcement on government's website

SWILP Summary

On September 5th, 2017, the Government of Canada announced that it will invest $73-million over four years (2017 to 2021) to support post-secondary co-op student work placements with industry employers and subsidize salaries for co-op student who meet eligibility requirements.

SWILP will be distributed by the following five organizations (more partner organizations will be announced over time). Please visit the individual organization websites below and read the eligibility and subsidy guidelines carefully as they do have subtle variations.

Subsidies are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, interested employers are encouraged to apply ASAP if they feel they may qualify. In general, from the time of application, employers will be informed of their application result within 5 to 10 business days.

>>BioTalent Canada

BioTalent’s SWILP Website (visit for complete details): https://biotalent.ca/en/Co-opFunds

Highlights of Employer/Co-op Placement Eligibility

  • the employer’s organization AND/OR the co-op position needs to have a biotechnology focus
  • Sample sectors that qualify (Bio-health, Bio-energy, Bio-industrial, Agri-biotech, etc)
  • the co-op placement must be at least 16 weeks, full-time (5 days a week, 7.5 a day)
  • examples of bio-related employers or positions that qualify (taken from the link above):

 

How much subsidy is available?
Taken from the website: The wages for the position must not be funded by another federally funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc.

  • Students who are not amongst the under-represented groups: Dollar-for-dollar matching program, up to $5000
  • Students from under-represented groups: 70% matching salary matching program, up to $7000
  • Under-represented groups as outlined by BioTalent Canada:
    • Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and/or business
    • Indigenous students
    • Persons with disabilities
    • Newcomers

Highlights of Student Eligibility
The student must be:

  • registered in a STEM or business program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold refugee status
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.

How to apply?
For complete details and to apply, visit BioTalent Canada’s website - https://biotalent.ca/en/Co-opFunds (scroll down to “Employer Application Process” section to download the application package).

Questions?
Contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or mcarr@biotalent.ca .

>>ECO Canada (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

ECO Canada’s SWILP website (visit for complete details): http://www.eco.ca/coop-program/

Highlights of Employer Eligibility:

  • the company or organization needs to be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary
  • the co-op position needs to be related to the environment or an environment project and has an element of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math
  • the co-op position needs to be 16 weeks long, full-time (5 days a week, 7.5 hours per day)

How much subsidy is available?
Dollar-for-dollar salary matching, up to $5000, for all students that meet the eligibility criteria

Highlights of Student Eligibility:
the student must be:

  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status
  • 30 years of age or younger
  • enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution

How to apply?
The student an employer both need to visit ECO Canada’s website, http://www.eco.ca/coop-program/, and apply (click on “Apply to be a Host” and “Apply as a Student”).

Questions?
Email swilp@eco.ca

>>ICTC (Information and Communication Technology Council)

ICTC’s WIL (Work-Integrated Learning) Digital Program - Email WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca for complete program details and questions.

Highlights of Employer Eligibility (information provided by ICTC):

For Canadian employers in one of the following emerging sectors:

  • Intelligent retail
  • Fintech
  • Advanced manufacturing, or
  • Any identified high-growth sector such as Entertainment and gaming, Connected Transportation, Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, e-Health, Clean Tech, etc.

The co-op placement must be 12 to 16 weeks , full-time (5 days a week, 7.5 hours per day)

How much subsidy is available (information provided by ICTC)?

  • Up to 50% of wages or up to $5,000 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurship/business skills;
  • Up to 70% of wages or up to $7,000 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurship/business skills for the following under-represented students: women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Indigenous students, recent immigrants (last 5 years), persons with disabilities and first-year students.

Highlights of Student Eligibility (information provided by ICTC):

  • Have been registered as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution in the field of business or STEM or recent graduates (within 12 months before starting the WIL contract period), regardless of age.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada and legally entitled to work according to specific province legislation and regulations.
  • Must not fill a position: left vacant due to industrial dispute or lay off or that displaces a worker

How to apply?
Employer application link - https://fs23.formsite.com/ICTC_CTIC/form20/index.html
Student application link - https://fs23.formsite.com/ICTC_CTIC/form12/index.html

Questions?
Email WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca

>>CCAA (Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation)

CCAA’s SWILP Website – TBA. Email Theresa Davis-Woodhouse for details (tdaviswoodhouse@avaerocouncil.ca ).

How much subsidy is available?

  • 50% salary matching, up to $5000, for eligible students who are not part of the under-represented groups
  • 70% salary matching, up to $7,000, for students who are part of the under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers

Highlights of Employer Eligibility (Contact Theresa at CCAA for complete details):

  • CCAA's SWILP program is geared toward organizations within aviation and aerospace industries
  • The program will focus on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business

Highlights of Student Eligibility (Contact Theresa at CCAA for complete details):
-the student must be:

  • Registered full-time in a science, technology engineering, math or business program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations

How to apply?
Contact Theresa at CCAA for more information – tdaviswoodhouse@avaerocouncil.ca

>>ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada)

Details of Career Ready Program TBA in 2018.