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 (SWPP) 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.

Need help with your recruiting? Connect to our academic partners for student talent

University of ManitobaSchulich School of Engineering Seneca College  Red River CollegeDalhousie UniversityUniversité de SherbrookeThompson Rivers UniversityDouglas College Ryerson UniversityCentennial CollegeUniversity of OttawaUniversity of Toronto - ScarboroughMcMaster UniversityUniversity of GuelphBrock UniversityWestern University

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. 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


Wage subsidies are available to all employers who are creating a work integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria. Employers can hire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) or business students from any post-secondary institutions across Canada through BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

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 Jenn at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 298 or, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or


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