SWPP for Employers

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), supports partnerships between employers and post-secondary education institutions, creating more work-integrated learning placements for students enrolled in post-secondary studies across Canada. This program is funded by the Federal Government (Employment and Social Development Canada, ESDC) and delivered by the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, one of 9 delivery partner organizations. The program started in June 2017 and runs for 5 years; the CCAA plans to fund over 1,000 student placements over the 4 years, and 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. There is funding available for part-time and full-time students registered in programs other than STEM and business.


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.


Wage Subsidies through SWPP

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 who identify as visible minorities in Canada, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants (i.e. permanent residents).

The Student Work Program has reached its capacity for the summer.  However, we expect to have additional spots available very soon. 

Please contact us to be put on a waitlist. 


How to apply: the Employer Form

Apply today in 5 simple steps


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A few tips:

  • Ensure that your students then complete their online Student Form; note that the names and email addresses on the Employer and Student forms must match.
  • You must have confirmed the placements with eligible student(s) before applying. 
  • If you are searching for students, join the online CCAA Job Matching service for the Aviation and Aerospace industry at Magnet. You can also partner with local PSE institutions, as they are an essential resource for finding students looking for work placements.


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.

*** Eligibility criteria ****


Net New Increase in Student Placements Clause (CURRENTLY NOT IN EFFECT FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2021 APPLICATIONS!)

As specified by ESDC, the purpose of the SWPP funding is to motivate employers to increase their number of student work placements. Funding will only be provided to employers demonstrating a net increase in the number of work placements when compared to the previous year. We understand that, with the economic impact of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult for companies to gage exactly how many students will be hired within the next 12 months but we ask for a best-case-scenario approximation of your hiring plans for the future (as of the date the application is submitted).

  • For instance, if your organization offered 3 student placements in the last 12 months; depending on how many placements you plan on offering within the next 12 months (from today), the CCAA would fund as of the 4th placement.
  • This clause is applicable to all employers.


Click here for our FAQ page.


Other SWPP funding opportunities: the Multidisciplinary Technicians (MDT) Program

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.

**Consortium: 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.


Important notice:

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.
Note we cannot process your application unless we have received an application from your prospective host employer AND you have received an employment offer from this employer.
If you are searching for a placement, you may wish to join the CCAA / Job Magnet online industry job matching service at Magnethttps://magnet.whoplusyou.com/lp/ccaa

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

Link to ESDC info page: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/work-integrated-learning.html


Questions? Contact us:

Pascale Portelance
Project coordinator
Tel:  613-727-8272 ext.236
Email: pportelance@avaerocouncil.ca 

Theresa Davis-Woodhouse
Senior Director of Project Management
Tel:  613-727-8272 ext.247
Email: tdaviswoodhouse@avaerocouncil.ca