Backgrounder: Student Work Placement Program


Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program supports partnerships between industry and post-secondary education institutions to create quality work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students so that they can develop the work-ready skills that are required to secure meaningful employment upon graduation.

To build on the success of and high demand for student work placement opportunities, Budget 2019 expanded the Student Work Placement Program to provide placements for post-secondary students in fields outside science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and business, such as in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

In addition, to respond to the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the temporary program measures were extended in May 2021. These measures include:

  • increasing the wage subsidy to 75% (up to a maximum of $7,500 per placement) across all placements, from the 50% for regular placements and 70% for placements targeting under-represented students;
  • waiving the eligibility criteria requiring employers to exceed the number of placement offered in the past year under the program.

There are 18 organizations funded under the Student Work Placement Program that work with eligible employers and post-secondary education institutions to provide work-integrated learning placements for students across Canada.

  • Technation
  • Information and Communications Technology Council
  • Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace
  • ECO Canada
  • Biotalent Canada
  • Electricity Human Resources Canada
  • Mining Industry Human Resources Council
  • Venture for Canada
  • Magnet
  • Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council
  • Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council
  • Cultural Human Resources Council
  • Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
  • Food Processing Skills Canada
  • Trucking Human Resources Canada
  • Canadian Media Producers Association

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