Hiring Co-op Students

Co-op Hiring Incentives 

Ontario Co-operative Education Tax CreditAvailable to all employers who hire co-op students from an Ontario university. Employers can receive 25% (30% for small businesses) of expenditures back-up to a maxium of $3,000 for each placement. 

University of Guelph On-Campus Grant

Student Work Placement Programs (SWPP) (formerly known as Student Work-Integrated Learning Program Funding (SWILP)

The Government of Canada has announced co-op funding opportunities as part of the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) administered by Employment and Social Development Canada. 

Through the Student Work Placement program, employers can apply for wage subsidies to help them hire students in science, technology, engineering,math (STEM) or business.

Over 11,500 paid student work placements will be created by this program through 2021.

How much you could get

  • up to $5,000 for every student you hire through the program
  • up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

There are currently 10 confirmed industry partners administering the SWPP program and our co-op programs meet the eligibility requirements.   

Consider these funding opportunities for your co-op hiring needs.

  • Information Technology Association of Canada – Career Ready Program 
    The program provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers. Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in STEM, indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may also qualify for additional funding (up to 70% or $7,000).  Employers must be willing to provide full-time work for a minimum 12-week term duration in a business+technology or technology capacity to be eligible for funding.  
     
  • Information and Communication Technology Council – WIL Digital
    Canadian employers working in one of these emerging sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Intelligent Retail, or Big Data, Clean Tech, Connected transportation, Entertainment and Gaming, e-Health and providing a paid work integrated learning (WIL) experience to a post-secondary student studying full-time in science, technology, engineering, math or business in Canada are eligible to apply to receive a subsidy up to 70% of wages (capped at either $7000 or at the end of 4 months).
     
  • Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA) – CCAA and the SWILP 
    Covers the cost of a co-op student's salary up to 50% (max. $5,000) and up to 70% (max $7,000) for first year students and underrepresented groups. CCAA's SWILP program is geared toward organizations within the aviation and aerospace industry. Focus on small to medium sized businesses, hiring for for 12-16 week work terms. 
     
  • Environmental Careers Organization of Canada – Wage Subsidy Program for Environmental Students 
    ECO Canada's new CO-OP Program provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% to a maximum of $5000 to employers hiring students in an environmental role (environmental sector, environmental division, or environmental projects).
     
  • Biotalent Canada – Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
    Covers the cost of a co-op student's salary up to 50% (max. $5,000) and up to 70% (max $7,000) for first year students and underrepresented groups. The co-op position needs to have a biotechnology focus, or the employer needs to have a biotechnology focus. 
     
  • MaRS Discovery District
    MaRS works with over 1,000 ventures across a range of sectors. These high-impact companies are developing breakthroughs that will touch billions of lives.
     
  • Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures: Developing Electricity Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning
    Empowering Futures is the new WIL Program for Canada’s electricity sector. Led by Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), Empowering Futures will create up to 1000 new WIL opportunities in electricity over three years. Wage subsidies up to $7,000 will be available to employers who create new WIL opportunities such as co-ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions.
     
  • Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) – Gearing Up: Developing Mining Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning
    Gearing Up is the new WIL Program for Canada’s mining sector. Led by MiHR, Gearing Up will create 850 new WIL opportunities in mining over four years. Wage subsidies up to $7,000 will be available to employers who create new WIL opportunities such as co ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions.
     
  • Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)
    ASPIRE provides all employers with a variety of resources including training for employer, training for students, and more.  Does not offer any wage subsidies.
     
  • Venture for Canada
    The Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship Program is a paid, subsidized internship opportunity program for Canadian post-secondary students to work in Atlantic Canadian startups and growing small businesses. 
     
  • Mitacs Accelerate
    Solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need — your financial contribution starts at $7,500.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about the various co-op hiring incentives: (519) 824-4120 x52323, or email us at recruit@uoguelph.ca