Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

We are open for new application on Feb 13,2023 for April 1,2023 start dates onwards.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Work-integrated learning combines classroom learning and hands-on learning in a workplace. The Student Work Placement program helps post-secondary students get relevant work experience they need to prepare for jobs in high-demand fields.

Purpose of program

Employment and Social Development Canada will support partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions to create more work placements for students enrolled in post-secondary studies across Canada.
Students who participate in work placements are more likely to:
  • benefit from higher earnings, more employment and more full-time employment;
  • be employed in fields more closely related to their studies;
  • develop technical and work-ready skills (for example, strategic thinking, problem solving and teamwork) sought after by employers.


Delivery of program

These employer delivery partners will provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements and will also help establish partnerships with PSE institutions to recruit students for these placements. More information for students, employers and PSE institutions is available from the employer groups listed below:

Current SWPP Industry Partners

  1. Technation (Information Technology Association of Canada - ITAC)
  2. Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC)
  3. Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA)
  4. Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)
  5. Biotalent Canada
  6. Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) 
  7. Mining Industry Human Resources Council
  8. Toronto Finance International ; This organization is a partner of the Program, but does not administer wage subsidies.
  9. Venture for Canada
  10. Magnet Student Work Placement Program
Note: List updated on October 26, 2020


Employers could receive wage subsidies of up to 70% of the wage cost for each work term placement (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for students with disabilities, students belonging to visible minorities groups, students who are new immigrants, women in STEM, indigenous students and first year students. All other students will receive wages subsidies of up to 50% (with a maximum of $5,000 per placement).

Click here for more information about potential SWPP Employers.


  • The Federal government update to the guidelines for the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to better support our aviation and aerospace industry. Click here for more details.
  • A reference to the wage subsidy increase to a rate of 75% of the wages, to maximum of $7,500 per placement for students during the pandemic (this measure has now come to an end). Click here for more details.


Eligible Students

Students eligible to the program must:

  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student in a Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) institution.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 2; international students (persons using a Student VISA or work permit) are not eligible for the funding at this time.
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.FAQ page

Click here for more information about potential SWPP students.

SWPP Frequently Asked Questions page

Contact us:

Chidimma Ikwueto, Administrative Assistant /Project Coordinator
Tel:  418-261-6034,

Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, Senior Director of Project Management
Tel:  613-727-8272,