Student Work Placement Program

Applications are being accepted for all placements starting before March 2021.

To support employer and post-secondary institutions to hire students during COVID-19 please see expanded eligibility details below.

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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 and all other 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)
  • 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.

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University of ManitobaSchulich School of Engineering Seneca College  Red River CollegeDalhousie UniversityUniversité de SherbrookeDouglas 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 1525 students.

Eligibility

Wage subsidies are available to all employers and post-secondary institutions who are creating a work-integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria. Employers can hire any student 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.

COVID-19 eligibility and process update:

  • Employers will have the flexibility to postpone placement start dates to avoid rescinding placements.
  • Employers will be able to apply for funding before they finalize their selection of students to hire.
  • If requested, small and medium sized employers (who have fewer than 500 employees) and nonprofit organizations will be able to receive up to 75% of the wage subsidies up-front.
  • Students will be able to work from home.
  • Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges and polytechnics) will be able to be the employer of record to offer meaningful placements to students.

Participant/ Student must be:

  • Enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at a post-secondary education institution
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred and legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
  • Studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), Business and/ or any other program

Please also see the Participant information page for participant eligibility.

Co-op placement criteria:

  • The employer must provide full-time employment up to a maximum of 16 weeks.
  • Must be with a bio-economy employer and/or fulfilling a bio-economy job function.
  • The balance of the wages cannot be funded by another federal program.
  • The student must be added to the employer’s payroll which includes Federal/Provincial tax deductions (CPP, EI, etc). Co-ops paid through a stipend or grant are not eligible. Participants are not eligible for the program as contractors.
  • Should the co-op be longer than 16 weeks, please contact us as you could be eligible to apply for another funding term.
  • All co-op placements have to be new (i.e. over and above for what the employer usually hires)

For application details and instructions please download the application forms.

BioTalent Canada is processing applications as quickly as possible. To ensure timely approval and processing please ensure your application includes all forms fully completed and signed along with required supporting documentation.

COVID-19 eligibility and process update:

  • Employers will have the flexibility to postpone placement start dates to avoid rescinding placements.
  • Employers will be able to apply for funding before they finalize their selection of students to hire.
  • If requested, small and medium sized employers (who have fewer than 500 employees) and nonprofit organizations will be able to receive up to 75% of the wage subsidies up-front.
  • Students will be able to work from home.
  • Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges and polytechnics) will be able to be the employer of record to offer meaningful placements to students.

Employers, uncertain if your job qualifies or would like to be pre-qualified before you hire? 

Contact Benita at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 234 or buruhisho@biotalent.ca, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or chayes@biotalent.ca  or Hannah, ext. 215 or hwalhad@biotalent.ca

You may also be interested in our Career Starter wage subsidy if you are hiring employees other than students.

 

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