SWPP for Employers

Applications for the 2019 Spring & Summer semesters are open.


Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Funded by the Federal Government (ESDC), the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) supports partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions to create more work-integrated learning placements for students enrolled in post-secondary studies across Canada.  The program focuses on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business. The program started in June 2017 and runs for 4 years. This allows employers to put in place a structured 4-year plan for their workforce. CCAA plans to fund 1,000 student placements over the 4 years.

The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) is the partner selected by ESDC to deliver the program, for the aviation and aerospace sector.  Under the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program, employers offering quality work-integrated learning placements to PSE students will be eligible to receive wage subsidies up to $5,000 or $7,000 per student through CCAA.


Employer Form

Employers who wish to participate in the SWILP program and have prospective students should click here to complete and submit their employer application form. Your students should then complete their student application forms; note that the names and email addresses between the Employer and Student forms must match. Upon receipt of both completed forms, CCAA will contact you to confirm your eligibility for the program. If you are searching for students or workers, you may wish to join the online CCAA Job Matching service for the Aviation & Aerospace industry at Magnet.

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Wage Subsidies For Student Work Placement Program

Work Integrated Learning refers to a continuum of learning opportunities ranging from structured work experience to instances where the employer engages directly with the post-secondary education institution to address a particular challenge. It can include co-op placement, internships, field placements, or applied projects to solve particular problems for employers. See list of approved types of work placements here.

Employers will 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 under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants.

Employers will be provided subsidies based on the net new student work placements for the current year, i.e. the number of work placements in the previous year will be used as a baseline and only applications for work placements exceeding that number will be considered.

Students must be registered as a full-time student in a 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; and, be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

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Multidisciplinary Technicians

As a second part of the project, CCAA is working with a consortium of companies and colleges* to develop an innovative training program which will alternate school and work terms. The program will combine skills for Maintenance Technicians with those of Avionics and Interiors Technicians, together with soft skills and business skills, to produce “Multidisciplinary Technicians”. The consortium held the launch meeting June 20, 2017. If you would like additional information about the development of the new program, please contact us.


How to Apply

If you are a student interested in acquiring experience in the aviation and aerospace sector, you should connect with your PSE institution to see if placements are available. Please note we cannot process your application unless we have received an application from your prospective host employer.

If you are an employer, especially a small or medium-sized enterprise, you are encouraged to complete the employer form to enroll yourself in the program. You can also partner with local PSE institutions that are delivering programs in STEM and business fields to provide work-integrated learning placements for students.

If you are a PSE institution delivering programs in STEM and business fields, you are encouraged to contact us to facilitate partnership opportunities with employers of all sizes. You can also reach out to local STEM and business employers in your area.

*Air Canada, Jazz Aviation LP, Air Georgian, KF Aerospace, Avianor Inc., Premiere Aviation, M1 Composites Technology, Hope Aero Propeller and Components, Airbase Services, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Centennial College, Fanshawe College, École nationale d’aérotechinique.


Contact Us

Kethy S-K Sangaré
Project coordinator
Tel:  613-727-8272, ext. 261 
Email: ksossokolle@avaerocouncil.ca