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The Student Work Placement Program is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM or business programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.
- Program description
- Featured co-op programs
- Success record
- Examples of positions that could qualify
- Employer application package
The program gives employers the freedom to:
- Gain access to funds to hire co-op students
- Leverage a pool of workers eager to enhance their skills
- Develop new talent for future recruitment needs
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 including:
- Women in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
- Women in business
- Indigenous students
- Persons with disabilities
The program enables you to bring on an eager-to-learn student for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to your company who could meet your future recruiting needs. For background information please see:
- Program background
- “New Academic Wage-Subsidy Program to Create 1,000 Student Job Opportunities in Canadian Biotech Companies,” August 28, 2017
- “Wage subsidies for student co-ops creating more opportunities in biotech,” March 8, 2018
BioTalent Canada has a long track record of successful wage-subsidy programs, helping new talent gain the skills needed for employment in biotech while assisting companies in offsetting the costs associated with hiring. The Student Work Placement Program has placed over 256 students with 92 employers between September 2017 and March 2018. Please see the Student Work Placement Program At-a-glance for highlights.
For stories and more details on the success of BioTalent Canada wage subsidy programs please see our Mapping Potential - Profiles of Canada's biotech frontiers
To qualify for the program, either the co-op position needs to have a biotechnology focus or the employer needs to have a biotechnology focus. Please also see the Participant information page for participant eligibility.
- Sales and Marketing Assistant at a biofuels company
- Software Engineer at a health technology company
- Associate Research Chemist for safe food processing at a meat manufacturing plant
- Laboratory Technologist for environmental management at an automotive company
You may also want to:
- Review the participant requirements on the participant information web page.
- Post a position on The PetriDishTM job board.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program.