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

  • Co-op Hire Incentive Program (CHIP-In)

    Industries All
    Program BCom Co-op
    Amount $2,500
    Employer Eligibility Ensure your organization meets the Program Eligibility Criteria:
    - Create an employment opportunity for the May-August 2020 period (existing jobs or jobs posted prior to May 1, 2020 are not eligible)
    - Employ an Alberta School of Business Co-op student for a minimum of 280 hours between May 11 and August 28, 2020 (full-time roles are prefered, but part-time roles may be considered)
    - Ensure the employment role will help build the professional skills aligned with the student's field of study
    - Provide mentorship and supervision by an individual (or team) who is able to provide guidance and feedback to the student
    Student Eligibility Alberta School of Business Cooperative Education Student
    More Information
    1. Post a Co-op job on the Alberta School of Business CareerConnect site, or contact our office to discuss your job opportunity eligibility at bizcareers@ualberta.ca

    2. Upon approval of the job by our office, collect applications and complete your employee recruitment process. Our office can provide all the necessary support in this process.

    3. Select your student candidate and contact our office to CONFIRM that the student is a Business Co-op student.

    4. Make an offer to the Co-op student. (Note:employers are NOT obligated to take a student employee if there or no satisfactory candidates)

    5. Upon the offer being accepted and the student beginning work, complete the Grant Application Form found here. The grant will be processed at the conclusion of the work term and the funds will be provided to the employer shortly thereafter.

     

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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 Placement 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

     

  • 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 BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI, or NL
    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:
    - You're an SME, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity
    - Your business is located in BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI, or NL
    - You've got between 1 - 500 employees
    - You can provide an internship opportunity allows our motivated Interns contribute to new initiatives or add new value to your organization.
    - All industries welcome!

    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.