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Student Work Placement Program

Applications for 2019-2020 co-op placements are now being accepted.

What could your company achieve with up to $7,000 in co-op wage subsidies?

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.

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

Program description

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
  • Newcomers

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:

Featured co-op programs:


Long success record

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.

Examples of positions that could qualify

  • 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

Uncertain if your job qualifies? Don’t count yourself out.
Contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or mcarr@biotalent.ca, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or chayes@biotalent.ca.

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Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program.