Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP)

Work Placements in STEM & Business

The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP), now known as Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), helps postsecondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get work experience they need to prepare for jobs in these high-demand fields. Employers are encouraged to partner with local postsecondary institutions to provide work placements for these students. 

Subsidies

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.

If you have questions, please contact us:

Business Development team
Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca


Employer Partnerships

Agreements will be put in place with employer delivery partners, including recognized industry associations and organizations that represent the interests of businesses in key sectors in STEM and business. These partners will be responsible for establishing partnerships with employers to provide wage subsidies for quality student work placements.

The first wave of employer delivery partners is listed below.

A complete list is available on the Government of Canada website

Partners

BioTalent Canada

Eligibility: The co-op position, or the employer, needs to have a biotechnology focus.

Available funding: Organizations may receive $5,000 - $7,000 per co-op student for the winter 2018 terms.

  • 50% subsidy up to $5,000 for all students
  • 70% subsidy up to $7,000 for students within under-represented groups in STEM (females, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, newcomers in Canada five years or less, and first-year students)
  • Employers based in Ontario can also qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit

To apply: Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit the BioTalent website for full program details.

 

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace

Eligibility: For organizations within the aviation and aerospace industry, with a focus on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business.

Available funding:

  • 50% subsidy up to $5,000 for all students
  • 70% subsidy up to $7,000 for students within under-represented groups in STEM (females, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, newcomers in Canada five years or less, and first-year students)
  • Employers based in Ontario can also qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit

To apply: Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace website.

ECO Canada

Wage Subsidy Program for Environmental Students


Eligibility: For organizations working within the environmental sector, has an environmental division, or is working on environmental projects. Organizations must be able provide full-time work to a student for a 16-week term.

Available funding:
  • 50% subsidy up to $5,000 over a four-month period
  • Employers based in Ontario can also qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit
Timeline: You will need to have found an eligible co-op student within 30 days of the start date of the session indicated on your application form.
 
To apply: Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit the ECO Canada website for full details.

 

Information & Communications Technology Council

WIL Digital


Eligibility: For organizations operating in the information and communications technology sector that represents one of the following areas:

  • Intelligent retail
  • Fintech
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Entertainment and gaming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Connected transportation
  • Biotechnology
  • e-Health
  • Clean tech

Available funding:

  • 50% subsidy up to $5,000 over of work term student's pay
  • 70% subsidy up to $7,000 for students within under-represented groups in STEM (females, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, newcomers in Canada five years or less, and first-year students)
  • Employers based in Ontario can also qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit

To apply: Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit the Information & Communications Technology Council website for full details.

 

Information Technology Association of Canada

Career Ready Program


Eligibility: For organizations operating in the information and communications technology sector that meet the following criteria:

  • Small or medium-sized organizations (up to 500 employees)
  • Able to offer a minimum of a 12-week work term
  • Able to offer a position in computer science, computer systems technology, computer engineering or related area
  • Work term student(s) cannot be an existing employee OR have any previous working history with the organization 
Available funding:
  • 50% subsidy up to $5,000 over of work term student's pay
  • 70% subsidy up to $7,000 for students within under-represented groups in STEM (females, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, newcomers in Canada five years or less, and first-year students)
  • Employers based in Ontario can also qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit
To apply: Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit the Information Technology Association of Canada website for full details.

 

MaRS Discovery District

Studio Y: Student Work-Integrated Learning Fellowship


The Student Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Fellowship is a three-year initiative — developed by MaRS Studio Y and Employment & Social Development Canada. In addition to facilitating placements in scaling ventures, Studio Y will guide the students through a curriculum that helps build 21st century skills and mindsets, so they can successfully compete in the innovation economy.

Eligibility: Startup employers focused in one of the following areas:

  • Energy and environment
  • Finance and commerce
  • Health
  • Work and learning

To apply: Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit MaRS Discovery District's Studio Y website for full details.

 

Electricity Human Resources Canada

Eligibility:  For firms in the electricity sector who are engaged in supporting renewables in any of the following ares:  

  • R & D, business development
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy storage
  • Electrical vehicle integration
  • Smart cities.

Available funding:

  • 50% subsidy up to a maximum of $5,000 for all students
  • 70% subsidy up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups
  • Employers must reference the participant information form to inform potential participants what their involvement in the co-op wage subsidy program will entail
  • Employers must provide proof of co-op placement employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to Electricity Human Resources Canada upon request
  • Employers must provide information about the placement to Electricity Human Resources Canada as required
  • ​Employers must develop a Formal Learning Plan with the participant before the start of the placement, together with monthly financial claims and progress reports

To apply:  Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone:  416-287-7260

Please visit the Electricity Human Resources Canada website for full details.

Mining Industry Human Resources Council

Eligibility:  For organizations within the mining or mining exploration industry, with a focus on improving the quality and availabilty of mining labour market information to industry stakeholders.  

Available funding:

  • 50% subsidy up to a maximum of $5,000 for all students
  • 70% subsidy up to a maximum of $7,000 for first -ear students and under-represented groups
  • 850 new WIL opportunities in mining over four years
  • Employers should submit a detailed job description, proof that this opportunity is offered in collaboration with a post-secondary institution, and salary costs are required
  • Employers meeting the criteria must submit an application for wage subsidy funding.  MHR will review all applications received and inform all applicants within ten business days if their organization has been approved.

To apply:  Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit Mining Industry Human Resources Council website for full program details.

 

Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)

Eligibility:  Organizations in the financial sector, with a focus on attracting the next generation of talent by uncovering the diverse, challenging and innovative nature of Financial Services for students, and supporting them to access opportunities in this sector.

Available funding:

  • 50% subsidy up to a maximum of $5,000 for all students
  • 70% subsidy up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups
  • 10,000 new WIL opportuntiies in the Financial Services sector by the end of 2020

To apply:  Contact the Business Development team for assistance

Email: uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit the Toronto Financial Services Alliance website for full program details.
 

Venture for Canada

Eligibility:  Companies with a wide range of industries - from agriculture to robotics and anything in between.  This is for not-for-profit organization that recruits, trains and supports top recent graduates to work at Canadian startups in need of talent, with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship.

Available funding:  

  • 50% subsidy up to a maximum of $5,000 for all students
  • 70% subsidy up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups
  • Small and medium growing ventures in Atlantic Canada
  • 500 work placements over three years

To apply:  Contact our Business Development team for assistance

Email:  uoftcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-287-7260

Please visit the Venture for Canada website for full program details.