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Funding Resources

In addition to the workplace benefits you'll receive from becoming a co-op or internship employer, there are financial resources available to help you fund co-op or internship student positions.

Download the 2020 Employer Manual - Funding Options to Hire Co-op or Internship Students PDF.

SWPP FUNDING OPTIONS

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) funding, through Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC), has broadened its eligibility scope to include work terms from science, technology, arts, engineering, math and business.

Updated SWPP funding during the COVID-19 pandemic

The SWPP government funding has temporarily become more flexible. The summer term is open for applications. Don't miss out on this benefit to employers.

  • Shortened work terms are now be eligible for SWPP funding.
  • Up to 75% of the wage subsidy may be provided in advance - reducing your up-front hiring costs.
  • Co-op students are now eligible to work from home.
  • You are now able to see if you're eligible for funding before going through the hiring process.
  • Relaxed criteria for funding approvals.

If you have any questions about funding please contact: Jenn Armour, Business Development Specialist at armourj@camosun.ca or 250-464-1254.

For registered Canadian businesses or non-profits.

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies).

Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEAM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Any registered Canadian business or non-profit organizations.

Municipal governments are not eligible for funding.

Click here to read more about this program’s terms & conditions.

  1. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with information about your candidate and the job description.
  2. Your student will also be asked to fill out their portion of the application form.
  3. Magnet will review your application and reply within 2-4 weeks.

Employers MUST have a candidate before applying.

Summer 2020 application deadline: August 31, 2020. Fall 2020 applications to be determined.

swpp@magnet.today


For Canadian owned employers within the electrical power sector.

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies).

Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEAM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power.
  • Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power.
  • Firms engaged in supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities.

Click here to read more about this program’s terms & conditions.

  1. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with a brief company description, and a description of the intended participant’s co-op position.
  2. Have candidate complete the 2018-2021 Participant Information Form.
  3. If you already have a participant in mind, please include the participant information form, participant’s resume and a copy of the participant’s proof of post-secondary enrolment, if available. 

The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days.

Applications for Summer 2020 are now open. Fall 2020 applications to be determined.

Sarah Jourson, Project Coordinator (613) 235-5540 ext. 229 or jourson@electricityhr.ca


For employers within the information and communications technology sector or have related projects.

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies).

Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEAM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Organizations in Canada looking for employees with skills in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

Positions you are hiring for can fall under the following categories: 

  • Business Technology Management
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Computer Engineering

Municipal governments are eligible for funding.

  1. Complete the online Employer Eligibility Assessment and submit it with the necessary documentation.
  2. To access the application portal, please visit ITAC’s website.

Employers NEED to have a candidate before applying. Only applicants that are able to submit information about the job and the student will be considered.

Fall 2020 applications to be determined.

careerready@itac.ca


For employers within the financial services sector.

ASPIRE offers a variety of resources including best practice guidance, student attractment support, brand building opportunities and industry/academic partnerships.

Organizations in Canada working in the financial services sector, including: Banks, Insurers, Pension plans, Investment managers, Fintechs Hedge funds and Credit unions.

Request more information and apply on the ASPIRE employer page.

Employers DO NOT need to have a candidate before applying.

On-going

(416) 933-6780 or aspire@tfi.ca


For employers within the technology sector or have related projects

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies).

Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEAM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • A registered business in Canada.
  • Company must be in the following sectors: Intelligent Retail, Fintech, Advanced Manufacturing, Entertainment and Gaming, Connected Transportaion, E-health, Cybersecurity, Big Data, or Clean Tech.
  • Must offer a quality full-time position to a student.
  • Must have insurance.
  • Must be compliant with Human Rights and Labour legislation, regulations, and laws.
  • Must create a new student position.

Visit ICTC’s WIL Digital Program site to create an account and apply.
Employers can request funding before finalizing the selection of student hires.

Fall 2020 applications to be determined.

wil_digital@ictc-ctic.ca


For employers in Canada that are in need of sustainability initiatives from any disclipline.

AMOUNT: Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies).

Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEAM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Organizations in Canada that are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics (STEAM) and business that will contribute to sustainability related projects. Work terms must be at least 6 weeks long.

Funding can be applied to full and part-time co-op students, internships, as well as, new graduates.

Click here to read more about this program’s terms & conditions.

Complete the form for Host Employers on the ECO Canada Wage Subsidy Program page.

Funding needs to be approved before the student starts their placement. Once your funding is secured, you can begin your search for qualified, talented students to fill the position. Funding can be applied to full and part-time co-op students, internships, as well as, new graduates.

Fall 2020 applications to be determined.

coop@eco.ca


For employers within the biotechnology industry or have related projects.

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies).

Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEAM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

To qualify for the program, either the co-op position or the employer needs to have a biotechnology focus.

Click here to read more about the program’s eligibility, terms& conditions.

Download and complete the SWPP Employer Application Package.

Employers need to have a candidate before applying. Employers must hire the student first and once a candidate is identified they will apply for funding The candidate cannot start their co-op until approval has been granted.

It can take up to 10 business days to process an application.

Applications for all coop placements starting before March 2021 are now being accepted.

Benita 1-866-243-2472, ext.234 buruhisho@biotalent.ca

Colleen 1-866-243-2472, ext.221 chayes@biotalent.ca


For startups or related entrepreneurial projects and innovation in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and the Prairies.

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies).

Up to $7,000 is specifically available for under-represented groups including women in STEAM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Employers must:

  • be a small to medium-sized business, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity (1-500 employees).
  • have their business located in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia or the Prairies.

All industries are welcome. Employers can be from a wide range of industries - from agriculture to robotics and anything inbetween.

Complete the the Venture for Canada application form.

Employers do not need to have a candidate before applying.

Fall 2020 applications to be determined.

Connect with Venture for Canada using their contact form.


B.C. REGIONAL FUNDING OPTIONS

To meet the specific needs of employers and students in British Columbia.

BC Tech Grant stacking opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic
The BC Tech Grant Program is temporarily allowing funds to be stacked with other co-op funding programs.  See below for qualified funding programs which are stackable with the BC Tech Grant. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.

If you have any questions about funding please contact: Jenn Armour, Business Development Specialist at armourj@camosun.ca or 250-464-1254.

For arts & cultural organizations in BC.

Organizations can apply for up to $10,000 for one term or $20,000 for two terms.

All of the funding received will go towards the wages of the student.

  • Be an arts organization, museum, book publisher or Indigenous cultural centre that has received at least one grant since April 1, 2014 through BC Arts Council operating or discipline-specific project programs;

OR,

  • Be an incorporated non-profit arts or cultural organization that has received a grant through BC Arts Council’s Shared Cost Arrangement programs at BC Touring Council or First Peoples’ Cultural Council (Aboriginal Arts Development Awards or Indigenous Arts Awards) since April 1, 2017;

OR,

  • Be an Indigenous Government, Friendship Centre, or Métis Chartered Community offering dedicated arts and culture program(s) or project(s) where the scope of work of the Co-op or work-integrated learning student would focus on these activities.

AND

  • Employ an eligible co-op or work-integrated learning student as a paid employee for one or two terms, for a maximum of 32 weeks under normal circumstances. Click here to read more about this program’s terms and conditions.

Click here to read more about this program’s terms and conditions.

  1. Register online at the BC Arts Council’s grant management portal.
  2. Submit a grant application through the portal.
  3. Receive email notification regarding your application results.

Can take up to 2 weeks to receive your application results. All applicants, especially new applicants to this program, are urged to discuss their request with the program officer prior to submission.

On-going

Erin Macklem erin.macklem@gov. bc.ca or 778-698-1416


For B.C.-based businesses who are tech or non-tech based hiring roles related to tech innovation.

Each employer is eligible to receive a maximum of four grants each per program year (May 1 to April 30) valued at $5,000 (a total value of $20,000), to recruit and train between one to four distinct co-op students.

The employer is accountable for the remainder of the student’s salary during the co-op term.

NEW - Stackable with Career Ready Program, Venture for Canada Internship Program, WIL Digital, and the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

  • Be a B.C.-based business.
  • Have less than 500 employees on payroll.
  • Be a tech company or tech non-profit hiring for any role.
  • Be a non-tech company, organization or non-profit hiring for a tech role (A tech role is defined as a role primarily related to developing tech or providing tech support).
  • Be hiring a student for a co-op work term. If you’ve hired a student for a co-op work term in the last 5 years, then you must hire a first-time co-op student.

Click here to read more about this program’s terms & conditions.

  1. Understand the Program Guidelines.
  2. Define the role and create a job posting.
  3. Contact Camosun Career and Co-op Education Services to review your application.
  4. Create an account and complete your application for funding.

The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 15 business days.

Employers do not need to have a candidate before applying.

*NOTE: International students are eligible

On-going

programs@innovatebc.ca


Open to all companies in BC (not just tech companies!) to hire a student to fill a business or tech role.

Up to $10,000 towards your student’s payroll, per term (amount is based on your student’s total salary).

Up to two vouchers per year (running May – April), worth a total of $10,000

  • Be a B.C.-based business.
  • Be a tech company or tech focused non-profit hiring for a business or tech role (same as before).
  • Business or non-profit hiring for a tech role (new!).
  • You student is not an accredited co-op student. You must also be able to provide entrepreneurial and skills training to the student.

Click here to read more about this program's terms & conditions.

  1. Understand the Program Guidelines.
  2. Visit the ISI Program site to create an account and apply.

Employers do not need to have a candidate before applying.

Applications accepted on a first-come, first-serve, rolling basis.

Grants available for May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021.

contact@newventuresbc.com or 604-602-5202

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Lend your expertise: Participate in a co-op workshop

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