Student Work Placements

Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

Work-integrated learning combines classroom learning and hands-on learning in a workplace. The Student Work-Integrated Learning program helps post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get work experience they need to prepare for jobs in these high-demand fields

Purpose of program

Employment and Social Development Canada will support partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions to create more work placements for students enrolled in post-secondary studies across Canada.

Students who participate in work placements are more likely to:

  • benefit from higher earnings, more employment and more full-time employment;
  • be employed in fields more closely related to their studies;
  • develop technical and work-ready skills (for example, strategic thinking, problem solving and teamwork) sought after by employers.

Delivery of program

The program focuses on occupations in STEM and business that require a high degree of technical skill for which there are not enough qualified workers.

Employer delivery partners that represent the interests of employers in industries related to STEM and business deliver the program, working with PSE institutions.

These employer delivery partners will provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements and will also help establish partnerships with PSE institutions to recruit students for these placements. More information for students, employers and PSE institutions is available from the employer groups listed below:


  1. Information Technology Association of Canada – Career Ready Program
  2. Information and Communication Technology Council – WIL Digital
  3. Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA) – CCAA and the SWILP
  4. Environmental Careers Organization of Canada – Wage Subsidy Program for Environmental Students
  5. Biotalent Canada – Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
  6. MaRS Discovery District
  7. Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures: Developing Electricity Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning
  8. Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) – Gearing Up: Developing Mining Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning
  9. Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)
  10. Venture for Canada


Employers, including small and medium-sized enterprises, are encouraged to partner with local PSE institutions that are delivering programs in the fields of STEM and business to provide work placements for these students. Employers can receive wage subsidies of up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students including first-year students, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers. Employer groups referenced above will provide wage subsidies.

Post-secondary education (PSE) institutions

PSE institutions delivering programs in the fields of STEM and business are encouraged to reach out to local STEM and business employers in the area to provide more student work placements, as well as employer groups referenced above to increase partnerships.


Students studying in the fields of STEM and business are encouraged to check with their PSE institution to see if placements are available to apply for.

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