Student Work Placement Program - SWPP

The Student Work Placement program gives post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study.

Over 11,500 paid student work placements will be created by this program through 2021.

ESDC works with Employer Delivery Partners. Employer Delivery Partners are a group of recognized associations and organizations that represent the interests of employers in industries.

They work with businesses and post-secondary education institutions to:

  • Provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements; and
  • Create partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs to recruit students for these placements.

The Government of Canada is moving forward with implementation of the expansion of the Student Work Placement Program. As of fall 2019, wage subsidies for employers are expected to be available for work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students in STEM, business, as well as other disciplines in selected sectors of the Canadian economy. For more information on how to participate, please consult the Program’s webpage.

Note that while CEWIL Canada promotes the SWPP, we are not involved in its administration and do not distribute SWPP funding. If you have a specific question about the SWPP, please refer to the contact sheet below.

SWPP Partners

SWPP Partner: BioTalent Canada

BioTalent Canada™ is the HR partner of and catalyst for growth in Canada’s bio-economy. Our engagement with employers, associations, post-secondary institutions, immigrant serving agencies and service providers has built a dynamic network that is strengthening skills, connecting job-ready talent to industry and creating opportunities. Recently awarded a Great Place to Work® Certification, BioTalent Canada practices the same industry standards they recommend to their stakeholders. For more information visit biotalent.ca.

SWPP Program: 

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM, healthcare, business and all other programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The program gives employers the freedom to:

  • Gain access to funds to hire students
  • Leverage a pool of workers eager to enhance their skills
  • Develop new talent for future recruitment needs

Who Qualifies: 

Wage subsidies are available to all employers and post-secondary institutions who are creating a work-integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria. Biotech or healthcare employers can hire Canadian students from any post-secondary institutions across Canada through BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

To qualify for the program, either:

  1. the position needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus or
  2. the employer needs to have a biotechnology or healthcare focus.

Wage Subsidies:

The program’s wage subsidies help knock down that cost barrier, by covering the cost of a student’s salary by 75% up to a maximum of $7,500.

How to apply:

Contact Colleen Hayes at chayes@biotalent.ca for program updates and information on how to apply to BioTalent Canada’s Student Wage Subsidy Program.

For more information, see the BioTalent Canada SWPP website

CEWIL Coffee Chat - July 20, 2020

Recently, ESDC approached Magnet and BioTalent Canada to take on a new and specific SWPP program geared specifically to Canadian Healthcare providers since there is currently is no national sectoral association for Canadian healthcare. These new SWPP agreements for healthcare sectors are separate from the other SWPP funding and they are looking for ways to promote the new programs and the best means to inform Canada’s post-secondary about not only the new enhancements, but also on the advent of the new healthcare focus for SWPP. BioTalent Canada and Magnet joined CEWIL members and guests for a 30 minute "coffee chat" on Monday July 20th and had an informative discussion on this new focus for the SWPP program. 

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SWPP Partners - Upcoming Webinars

Past Events

ESDC 2019 Webinar:

ESDC hosted a webinar on October 10, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET. Sarah Plouffe, Director, Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), ESDC, provided an update on SWPP, which included some results from the first two years of the program, as well as an overview of the Budget 2019 announcements related to work-integrated learning including the expansion of the SWP program. A Q&A session then followed the presentation.

For those who could not attend the recording has been made available, as well as the slide decks below.

Click here to view the English presentation slides.

Click here to view the French presentation slides.

ESDC 2017 Webinar:

ESDC hosted a webinar on Monday, September 18 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT. For those who could not attend, the recording can be viewed below.

Click here to view the presentation slides

Click here to view the french presentation slides

Click here to view FAQs around the SWPP

Contact information for ESDC:

Sarah Plouffe
A/Manager
Student Work Integrated Learning Program
Skills & Employment Branch/ Direction générale des compétences et de l'emploi
Employment & Social Development Canada/Emploi et Développement social Canada
tel: (819) 654-3002
sarah.plouffe@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca