Business Career Services

Wage Subsidies And Grants

There are many funding opportunities available to help your organization hire students. The following are a sample of programs available. We encourage you to continue to search to see what other opportunities are available.


University of Alberta Programs

  • RBC’s Future Launch Program

    Industries   Not For Profits 
    Program BCom Co-op
    Amount  $1,500
    Employer Eligibility Ensure your organization meets the Program Eligibility Criteria:
    - Federally or provincially registered not-for-profit or charitable organization
    - Professional staff member(s) who can supervise and mentor the student in the job, and provide evaluation feedback on student work performance for the Alberta School of Business

    An appropriate entry-level “professional” job for the student that meets the following Co-op requirements;
    - Paid, full-time (minimum 35 hrs/week) for a minimum of 13 weeks, beginning in any of May or Sept 2019, or Jan 2020
    - Job duties that would include any business activities such as; Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Event Management, Communication, Strategy and Operations, Research and Data Management, or other business disciplines 
    Student Eligibility Alberta School of Business Cooperative Education Student
    More Information  Please email bizcrs@ualberta.ca

     

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Provincial Programs - Alberta

  • Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

    Industries   All 
    Program BCom
    Amount  The Government of Alberta will provide an employer with a wage subsidy of $7 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours per week (on average) and a maximum of 37.5 hours per week.
    Employer Eligibility

    Eligible employer types

    STEP positions per year

    Small businesses excluding franchises and corporately owned chains (1 to 49 employees only)

    3

    Non-profit organizations

    3

    Public Libraries

    1

    School boards (Public, Separate, Francophone)

    2 to 5*

    Municipalities, First Nations, and Metis Settlements

    2 to 40*

    Publicly funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta

    10 to 35*

    * Number of STEP allocations is based on size of organization. See the STEP Guidelines for details.


    Student Eligibility

    An eligible STEP student is:
    - at least 15 years of age, by the STEP position start date;
    - a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or protected persons under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and legally entitled to work and study in Canada; 

    Note: Students in other immigration categories (e.g. International Students and Temporary Foreign Workers) are not eligible for STEP.
    Note: Students with a Social Insurance Number starting with nine (9), must provide documentation confirming that they are a protected person under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with valid work and study permits.

    - an Alberta resident with an Alberta address and living and/or attending school in the province;
    - attended a high school or a post-secondary institution in the previous Academic Year and is returning to school full time in the following year 

    Note: Eligible students must be enrolled in a program which will result in a credential (e.g. certificate, diploma, degree) and/or completing academic upgrading courses. Apprenticeship technical training programs are ineligible.
    Note: Home schooled students are eligible, provided they are following the Alberta Program of Study and working towards a recognized Alberta credential (e.g. High School Diploma).

    - available for full-time summer employment;
    - only to participate in one STEP position per calendar year;
    - not currently employed with the organization in a paid capacity; and
    - not immediately related to organization’s owners or staff responsible for hiring. 

    Note: Immediate family includes but not limited to; spouse, common-law partner, adult interdependent partner, child (biological, step, adopted), parent, sibling, grandparents).
    Note: staff responsible for hiring may include human resource representatives, interviewers, supervisors, management and owners.

    Eligible Positions:
    - Full-time positions (defined as an average of 30 hours per week or more) for a minimum of four weeks to a maximum of 16 weeks in duration.

    Note: There are more than 16 weeks from May 1 to Aug. 31, 2019.

    - Funding is only available for STEP positions between May 1 and Aug. 31. If employers choose to hire a student after STEP approval but prior to May 1 or extend them beyond August 31, STEP funding cannot be used to subsidize those wages beyond the timeframes.

    Note: Students hired before the STEP grant is approved are not eligible for any STEP funding.

    - Each position belongs to one STEP student at a time. A position can be shared only if one student has quit and another takes over the position.
    - Positions can be under any National Occupational Classification (0, A, B, C or D).

    More Information  https://www.alberta.ca/step.aspx

     

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Federal Programs

  • Canadian Summer Jobs

    Industries   All
    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount  Not-for-profit employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Public and private sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.
    Employer Eligibility

    Eligibility Includes:
    - Application was received by the deadline.
    - Attestation is checked.
    - Application is complete.
    - Eligibility of employer.
    - Eligibility of project.
    - Job duration: Between 6 and 16 consecutive weeks.
    - Job hours: Must be full-time (i.e. 30 to 40 hours per week).
    - Other Sources of Funding: You must declare whether you will receive funding from other sources for the job placement.
    - Salary: The salary must respect minimum wage requirements (see Section 4 Assessment Criteria for details).
    - Money owing to the Government of Canada: Your organization must declare any money owing to the Government of Canada.\
    - Health and Safety: You must demonstrate that you have implemented measures to ensure youth awareness of health and safety practices in the work environment. Safety measures must relate to the type of work environment and specific job type and activities. Service Canada will consider each case on its merits, comparing the risks with the benefits for the youth.
    - Hiring practices and work environment: You must demonstrate that you have implemented measures to ensure hiring practices and a work environment free of harassment and discrimination, such as raising awareness and prevention activities.
    - Supervision: You must describe the supervision plan for the youth and proposed job activities.
    - Mentoring: You must describe the mentoring plan for the youth and proposed job activities.
    - Past Results: The Department will review all files associated with your organization to verify if there is documented evidence from previous agreements with the Department that would render your application ineligible (e.g., financial irregularities, health and safety concerns, or past project results). The Department may consult with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on past financial irregularities.

    Student Eligibility

    To be eligible, youth must:
    - Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
    - Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment*;
    - Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
    -The program’s broader objectives as part of the Youth Employment Strategy are to improve the labour market participation of Canadian youth.

    *International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.

    More Information  https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html

     

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  • First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program (STEP)

    Industries   All
    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - The maximum amount of funding to be provided to a funding recipient in a fiscal year is set out in the funding agreement signed by the funding recipient.
    - The initiative is nationally and regionally based and proposal-driven.
    - The non-profit sector is eligible to receive a contribution of up to 100% of the applicable wage, plus mandatory employment-related costs (MERC), while the private sector is eligible to receive up to 50% of the applicable wage only.

    Note: Where a participant with disabilities is hired, all employers are eligible to apply for 100% of the wage. A maximum contribution of $3,000 per participant may be available, on an actual cost basis, for special equipment and facilities to accommodate the student's needs.

    Employer Eligibility

    - First Nations and Inuit communities
    - First Nations and Inuit governments
    - First Nations and Inuit organizations
    - Not-for-profit associations
    - Private sector employers

    Student Eligibility

    Eligible participants are:
    - First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students aged 15 to 30 inclusive
    - Ordinarily resident on reserve or in recognized communities or on community lands
    - Legally entitled to work in Canada
    - Registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year and who intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year

    More Information  https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033607/1533125081187

     

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Government of Canada Student Work Integrated Learning Programs

  • BioTalent Canada - Student Work Placement Program

    Industries   Co-op position needs to have a biotechnology focus or the employer needs to have a biotechnology focus
    Program BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.
    - Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

    Employer Eligibility

    Wage subsidies are available to all employers who are creating a work integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria. Employers can hire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) or business students from any post-secondary institutions across Canada through BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

    To qualify for the program, either the co-op position needs to have a biotechnology focus or the employer needs to have a biotechnology focus.

    Examples of positions that could qualify:
    - Sales and Marketing Assistant at a biofuels company
    - Software Engineer at a health technology company
    - Associate Research Chemist for safe food processing at a meat manufacturing plant
    - Laboratory Technologist for environmental management at an automotive company

    Student Eligibility

    - Are a current full-time student registered in a post-secondary STEM or business program co-op in Canada
    - Are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
    - Are legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations

    More Information  https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/student-work-placement-program/

     

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  • Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace – Student Work Placement Program

    Industries  

    Aerospace & Aviation Industry 

    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students.
    - Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.

    Employer Eligibility

    - Complete and sign the Employer information form.
    - Provide a brief company description.
    - Provide proof of the participant’s PSE enrollment/transcript.
    - Provide the participant’s job description.
    - Provide the participant’s working/learning plan***
    - Provide a job placement of a minimum of 12 weeks; the standard job placement period is 16 weeks.
    - Provide proof of placement employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to CCAA.
    - Confirm that the wages for the position are not funded by another federally funded program like IRAP, Mitacs, etc

    Student Eligibility

    The participant (student) must:
    - Be a full-time student currently registered in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or business program at a Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) institution
    - Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold refugee status; PARTICIPANTS ON A STUDENT VISA AND/OR WORK PERMIT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
    - Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.
    - Consent to release employment information to CCAA and the Government of Canada periodically during the placement and after the end of the placement
    - Provide proof of PSE enrollment/transcript.
    - Complete and sign the Participant/Student form.

    More Information  https://www.avaerocouncil.ca/en/swilp

     

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  • Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures: Developing Electricity Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning

    Industries  

    - Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power.
    - Sector support including renewables in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency.
    - Firms engaged in manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation.

    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.
    - Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

    Employer Eligibility

    The company must meet eligibility requirements:
    - The wages for this position must not be funded by another federally-funded program.
    - The company must provide a full-time work opportunity for a minimum of 16 weeks, 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day.
    - The wage subsidy covers the cost of a co-op student’s salary by up to 50% to a maximum of $5,000 and up to 70% to a maximum of $7,000 for students and under-represented groups including: women in STEM, women in business, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers.
    - The company must provide a minimum of $1 for each $1 of wage subsidy, or a minimum of $1 for each $2.33 for first-year students and under-represented groups.
    - The company must not recruit and retain friends or family members as participants to the co-op wage subsidy program.
    - The company must reference the participant information form to inform potential participants what their involvement in the co-op wage subsidy program will entail.
    - The company must provide proof of co-op placement employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to Electricity Human Resources Canada upon request.
    - The company must provide information about the placement to Electricity Human Resources Canada as required.
    - The company must develop a Formal Learning Plan with the participant, before the start of the placement.
    - The company must provide Electricity Human Resources Canada with monthly financial claims and progress reports

    Student Eligibility

    To participate in a student work placement in the electricity sector you must:
    - be registered as a full-time student in a post secondary institution in Canada.
    - be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with refugee protection in Canada
    - be legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where you live.

    If you are interested in applying to a work placement or if you want to find out more about this program, you can contact our Empowering Futures Program Coordinator directly.

    More Information  http://electricityhr.ca/empowering-futures/

     

  • Environmental Careers Organization of Canada – Wage Subsidy Program for Environmental Students

    Industries   Environmental Sector 
    Program BCom Co-op
    Amount  Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.
    Employer Eligibility

    Organizations in Canada working in the environmental sector and are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

    Student Eligibility Current university or college students studying in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and Business qualify for our Co-op Program. Students must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have Refugee status. Students on a work permit or visa are not eligible.
    More Information  https://www.eco.ca/coop-program/

     

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  • Information and Communication Technology Council – WIL Digital

    Industries   Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Intelligent Retail, or Big Data, Clean Tech, Connected transportation, Entertainment and Gaming, e-Health 
    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.
    - Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

    Employer Eligibility

    As a Canadian employer, you are eligible:
    - if 
    you are working in one of these emerging sectors:
              - Advanced Manufacturing,
              - Artificial Intelligence,
              - Cybersecurity,
              - Intelligent Retail,
              - Fintech, or
              - Big Data, Clean Tech, Connected Transportation, e-Health and Entertainment and Gaming;
    - you are hiring an eligible student as an employee for a meaningful, paid work integrated learning (WIL) experience in an IT or IT-related position, business development, digital marketing or technical sales;
    - you have the financial capacity and resources to pay and support the student throughout the placement;
    - you are not hiring to fill a position left vacant due to a dispute, termination, lay off or any other occurrence that displaces another worker

     

    Students are eligible to apply through an employer if they are:
    - Registered as a full-time student in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or Business Program within a Canadian post-secondary institution, regardless of age;
    - A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
    - Legally entitled to work in Canada and legally entitled to work according to specific province legislation and regulations.

    More Information  https://www.ictc-ctic.ca/education-and-skills/

     

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  • Information Technology of Canada - Career Ready Program

    Industries   Information & Communications Technology, Cyber Security, AI  
    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.
    - Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

    Employer Eligibility

    - Registered Canadian business.
    - Ability to offer a work term placement(s) in a greater number from the previous year.
    - Ability to offer a minimum of 12-week work placement
    - Ability to offer a position to a student in Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike program.
    - The work term students cannot be an existing employee OR have any previous working history with the organization. The work term student needs to be net new to the organization.

    Student Eligibility

    - Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
    - Eligible to work in Canada
    - Enrolled in a Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike program.
    - Not currently employed as a paid employee at the host employer
    - Must not be filling a position left vacant due to a dispute, termination, layoff or another occurrence that displaces another worker.

    More Information  https://itactalent.ca/our-programs/work-integrated-learning/#1

     

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  • Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) – Gearing Up: Developing Mining Talent Through Work-Integrated Learning

    Industries   Mining or Mineral Exploration Sector
    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.
    - Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

    Employer Eligibility

    - Employers must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary, and in one of the following categories:
    - Small, medium or large companies involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector;
    - Post-secondary educational institution; or
    - Not-for profit organization.

    Student Eligibility

    - Full-time students in a post-secondary program;
    - Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada;
    - Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial, territorial and Canadian regulations;
    - Be studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business

    More Information  https://www.mihr.ca/careers/wage-subsidy-programs

     

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  • Venture for Canada

    Industries   Small to medium-sized enterprises, nonprofits or charities located in Atlantic Canada 
    Program BCom & BCom Co-op
    Amount 

    - Up to $5,000 for every student, you hire through the program.
    - Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

    Employer Eligibility

    If you meet all these criteria, you are eligible to a VFC Intern employer:
    - Be small to medium-sized enterprises, nonprofits or charities (1-499 employees).
    - Provide a safe work environment and oversight in a commercial office or co-working space located in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island.
    - Supply proof of legal employer entitlement, such as a registered Business Number and a payroll deductions account.
    - Have the potential, with our support, to hire students for the first time or increase the number of interns you can bring onto your teams.
    - Create a paid internship position, with a focus on entrepreneurial, innovation or business skills.
    - Pay a competitive wage, and ideally accommodate a standard, full-time placement for 16 weeks. Our minimum wage requirement is $14.50/hour. Our subsidies cover 50% or 70% of interns’ wages, with employers responsible for the difference. The majority of this subsidy is paid during the first month of the internship, in an effort to minimize any cash flow barrier to employers.
    - Demonstrate an organizational culture which supports the development of new talent and integrates diverse experiences and perspectives.

    Student Eligibility

    - Enrolled as a full time student at a post-secondary college or university in Canada
    - Can provide documentation to prove your Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Resident or Refugee Status in Canada
    - Eligible to work in Canada

    More Information  https://www.ventureforcanada.ca/

     

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*Please note this is not an exhaustive list of grant programs available.

** Please note that program details were accurate as of posting date. Business Career Services accepts no responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of this content and recommends confirmation of all details with the applicable program prior to proceeding with any posting or hiring processes.

***Other than the RBC Future Launch Program the Alberta School of Business does not administer and is not involved with any of these grant programs. Please reach out to the specific grant programs for more information or to apply.