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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.

BC Arts Council: Special Project Assistance - Co-op

Organizations assisted by the BC Arts Council or incorporated non-profit arts and cultural organizations assisted through the programs of the BC Arts Council’s Share Cost Arrangement partners who demonstrate the need for financial assistance can apply for funding through the Council.

BC Tech Co-op Grants: University & College Employer Subsidies Listing

Hiring a student for a co-op work term? Apply to get a $2,700 grant!
The BC Tech Co-op Grants Program provides almost a 25% subsidy towards a co-op student’s salary. The program is designed to help employers who are hiring young talent and to introduce students to tech-related careers.
BC businesses benefit from co-op students’ fresh ideas and readiness to learn, while students gain work experience and valuable business and technical skills.
Learn more about your eligibility for a BC Tech Co-op Grant.

Canadian Heritage: Young Canada Works (YCW) Program

Young Canada Works (YCW) subsidizes up to 2,780 job opportunities. These wage subsidies are dedicated to offering summer jobs and internships to Canadian students and graduates, allowing them to gain valuable experience while putting their skills to the test. From an employer’s perspective, fresh ideas and competitive skills are made available. Young Canada Works (YCW) sponsors three summer job programs for students:

  • YCW in Heritage Organizations
  • YCW in Both Official Languages

CICan Clean Tech Internship

The CICan Clean Tech Internship Program matches potential interns with opportunities to work for eligible employers that are improving environmental and economic outcomes in Canada. Employers who hire an intern are eligible for a subsidy up to $12,000. Interns are college and institute graduates from a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) program.

ECO Canada Internship program

Funding is provided through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons Program and Natural Resource Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy Science and Technology Internship Program. Our internship programs give eligible employers who work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or natural resources up to 50% of an intern’s salary (up to $15,000) for new full-time environmental jobs.

Empowering Futures: Developing Electricity Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning Program

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada's Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry. Aimed at preparing students for the future of work, the program will create 1000 new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity over three years, providing subsidies of up to $7,000 per student position to employers who create new WIL opportunities.

Industrial Research Assistance Program Technology (IRAP)

The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, find good jobs and stay employed. Through federal departments and agencies, among others, the Youth Employment Strategy assists employers in hiring young Canadians.

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) delivers its Youth programs under the Youth Employment Strategy and provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. In addition to meeting the needs of innovative SMEs, this Program facilitates the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market.

Science and Technology Internship Program - Green Jobs

The Science and Technology Internship Program - Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for STEM career placement opportunities in the natural resources sector linked to green economy. The program covers the cost of a new hire's salary by 50% to a maximum of $15,000/year to help employers hire the talent they need and help youth initiate a career.

Service Canada - Canada Summer Jobs program

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help small businesses, public sector employers, and non-profit organizations to hire students during the summer term. Funding available to approved employers: up to 50 per cent of minimum wage for private companies and public sector employers, and up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage for non-profit organizations. Application period is in late January-early February of each year; employers are notified of the outcome of their application in May.

Student Work-Integrated Learning (SWILP) CO-OP program

ECO Canada is pleased to offer the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) a Co-op Placement Program through funding from Employment and Social Development Canada. The SWILP Co-op Program offers eligible employers up to $5,000 in wage subsidies to hire students for meaningful environmental 16 weeks placements in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business within the environmental sector.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM or business programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The program's co-op wage subsidies help knock down that cost barrier, by covering the cost of a co-op student's salary by 50% up to a maximum of $5,000 and 70% up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups.

Tax Credits

Provides a 10 per cent tax credit to qualifying corporations, claimed when filing the T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

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