All UBC Engineering Co-op work terms are paid learning experiences. If you have a position but do not have the necessary funding to pay a student there may be assistance available.

The Government of Canada maintains a Concierge Service that helps connect employers with funding options. Advisors are available to provide one-on-one assistance and customized guidance in selecting the most relevant programs and services for potential employers. This assistance includes details, referrals and more information about hiring grants for co-op and newly-graduated students. They can be contacted at:

Concierge Service

To find out if your company qualifies for organizational subsidies please visit:

Innovate BC Tech Co-op Grant Program The Innovate BC Tech Co-op Grant Program provides funding for co-op employers in the BC technology sector to facilitate knowledge transfer and innovation. Innovate BC seeks to advance all other industries, from healthcare to traditional resource industries including mining, forestry and energy. For more information visit the Innovate BC webpage.
Industrial Research Assistance Program Technology (IRAP) NRC-IRAP provides non-repayable contributions to Canadian SMEs interested in growing by using technology to commercialize services, products and processes in Canadian and international markets. To learn more about IRAP funding available for Canadian SMEs, call NRC-IRAP (1-877-994-4727) to find a regional office near you or visit the IRAP homepage. An IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor will consult with you and assess whether your enterprise is eligible.
 Industry Canada – Other Assistance programs  Industry Canada maintains a listing of available federal government assistance programs.
Mining Industry Human Resources Council
Program Name: Gearing Up
MiHR’s Gearing Up Program is one of the initiatives used to help strengthen the labour market for the mining industry. Its objective is to change the way students perceive, pursue and acquire the skills needed for in-demand careers in the mining sector by creating 1000 work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in the Canadian mining sector over four years. Wage subsidies up to $7,000 will be available to employers who create new WIL opportunities in the mining industry such as co ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions.
Contact Jennifer Wright, Senior Director, Program Development, MiHR Council for more information.
 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Experience Award  Maximum funding available is $4,500/student for four months to support the hiring of an undergraduate researcher. NSERC will support up to 15 students per eligible company, per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).  Applications are to be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to the student’s scheduled start date.
 Service Canada – Canada Summer Jobs program  Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help small businesses, public sector employers, and non-profit organizations to hire students during the summer term. Funding available to approved employers: up to 50 per cent of minimum wage for private companies and public sector employers, and up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage for non-profit organizations. Application period is in late January-early February of each year; employers are notified of the outcome of their application in May.
 Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP)  New federal funding program as of Fall 2017, see below for details.


Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP)

Receive up to $5,000 when you hire a STEM co-op student for a 16-week co-op term!

The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) is a new $73-million federal government initiative developed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to create 10,000 paid student work placements over the next four years.

The program aims to provide post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with quality work placements with the intent of developing the work-ready skills needed for in-demand jobs, and to strengthen partnerships between employers and post-secondary education institutions.


Employers can receive wage subsidies of up to 50% of the student’s salary (to a maximum of $5,000 per work term) and up to 70% of the student’s salary (to a maximum of $7,000 per work term) for underrepresented groups, which includes first-year students, women in STEM, indigenous students, disabled students, or newcomers.

For all funding sources, employers will be required to submit documentation to the industry associations/organizations. These include student learning plans, financial documentation, status reports, and other documents. Individual industry associations/organizations will have different requirements – see below for details and links.

Eligible Employers Eligible Students
  • Employers in relevant a STEM industry sector
  • Application and eligibility requirements differ between industry association/organization; see below for details
  • Employers must pay the remainder of the student’s salary, without the use of other federally funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, NSERC, etc.
  • Full-time students registered in a post-secondary STEM program at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincialor territorial legislation and regulations

Associations Details

As of September 1st, the following five industry associations/organizations have been identified by ESDC, although more employer groups will be added through fall 2017 for a total of 10 industry associations/organizations:

Biotalent Canada
Program Name: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
Co-op position and/or employer must have a bioeconomy focus. Eligible sectors include: Bio-health, Bio-energy, Bio-industrial and Agri-biotech.
• Student position must be a minimum of 16 weeks, 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day.
Contact Mary Carr for more information.
Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA)
Program Name: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
Co-op placements must be in aviation or aerospace companies and the position must have a focus on STEM.
Contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, Director of Project Management at CCAA for more information.
Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)
Program Name: CO-OP Program
Eligible organizations must be from the environmental sector, have an environmental division, or is working on environmental projects. Organization must also be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary.
• Company must be willing to hire a student for a minimum of 16 weeks, 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day and the position must have a STEM focus.
Contact ECO Canada for more information.
Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC)
Program Name: WIL Digital
Co-op positions must be in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector with a focus on STEM. Preference will be given to employers from the following targeted growth areas: Intelligent Retail, Fintech, Advanced Manufacturing, Entertainment and Gaming, Cybersecurity, Connected Transportation, Biotechnology, e-Health and Clean Tech.
Contact or fill out the application form to receive more information to participate in the program.
Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
Program Name: Career Ready
Current post-secondary students who are studying business technology management, computer science, computer systems technology, computer engineering or alike programs and are in an official co-op work term program qualify for the ITAC’s Career Ready program.
• Eligible positions must be at least 12 weeks in length.
• Employers up to 500 employees in size are eligible.
• Work term students cannot be an existing employee OR have any previous working history with the organization. The student must be new to the organization.
Contact Gina van Dalen, Executive Director, ITAC Talent for more information.
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