Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)


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 in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get work experience they need to prepare for jobs in these 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

Employer delivery partners that represent the interests of employers in industries related to STEM and business deliver the program, working with PSE institutions.
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. 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. Venture for Canada
  8. Magnet 
Note: List updated on April 22, 2020


Employers could receive wage subsidies of up to 50% of the wage cost for each work term placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70% (up to a maximum of $7,000 per work term placement) for first-year students and/or under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants (i.e. permanent residents).

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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

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SWPP Frequently Asked Questions page

Contact us:

Kethy S-K Sangaré
Project coordinator
Tel:  613-727-8272, ext. 261