Learn about potential funding opportunities by program
Explore this extensive list of wage subsidy and tax rebate programs employers can access when hiring a student for Summer, co-op or internship placements.
New Wage Subsidy Programs
The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program provides wage subsidies to eligible employers to hire university, college and polytechnic graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Up to $15,000 in funding is available to employers for internships in the environmental and clean technology sectors.
BioTalent is now accepting applications for the Healthcare Student Work Placement Program. There are 1,500 placements available in 2020-2021 with wage subsidies covering up to 75% of all placement salaries - up to a maximum of $7,500. For a complete list of updates, eligibility requirements, and program details, visit biotalent.ca/Co-opFunds.
Back to Work Manitoba is a hiring program designed to support Manitoba’s economic recovery by encouraging Manitoba employers to bring back their employees or take on new hires. The program covers 50 per cent of wage costs between July 16 and December 31, 2020. Employers can be supported to hire up to 20 employees.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): wage subsidy for employers that experienced a drop in revenue due to COVID, had a CRA payroll account on March 15, 2020 (open until June 2021)
Project Learning Tree: job postings and 50% wage match for employers hiring youth (15-30) in green jobs to advance their environmental literacy, stewardship, and insight into the forestry industry, climate change, Indigenous community partnerships, etc…
UNAC Green Spaces: opportunity for youth to gain valuable skills and work experience in environmental sustainability, natural resource, development and management fields in both Canadian and international context. Provides approx. 50% wage subsidy. (student application closed)
Provincial and Federal Government Funding
Government of Canada Programs provides wage subsidies and other assistance programs to help you hire the right employees for your business.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Programs provides funding to organizations for the creation of agricultural internships that provide career-related work experiences to youth and youth facing barriers.
Manitoba Paid Work Experience Tax Credit includes the following programs:
- youth work experience hiring incentive (25%, lifetime maximum $5,000)
- co-op student hiring incentive (15%, lifetime maximum $5,000)
- co-op graduate hiring incentive (15%, maximum $2,500)
- apprentice hiring incentive (15%, 20% for rural or northern early level, 25% for high school, maximum $5,000)
- journeyperson hiring incentive (15%, maximum $5,000)
Student Work Placement Program, offers wage subsidies to help employers hire post-secondary. Funding up to $5,000 for every student you hire through the program and 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. Delivery agents include:
- Information Technology Association of Canada – Career Ready Program
- Information and Communication Technology Council – WIL Digital
- Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA) – CCAA and the SWILP
- Environmental Careers Organization of Canada
- Biotalent Canada
- Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)
- Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)
- Venture for Canada
Canada-Manitoba Job Grant is an employer-driven approach to help Manitobans gain the skills they need to fill available jobs and to help employers develop the skills of their existing workers to meet the requirements of their present job, or to move into a better job. Eligible employers may apply for up to $10,000 for each individual worker to assist with training costs. Employers that receive funding under the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant must contribute a minimum of one-third of the eligible training costs.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Agriculture and Environment
The Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs covers the cost of a new hire’s salary by 75% to a maximum of $22,500/yr and $30,000/yr for youth furthest from employment. These funds help employers hire the talent they need and help youth initiate a career. Employers can bring on an eager, young worker for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to their company.
Green Jobs (Natural Resource Canada) helps young Canadians start their career. Natural Resources Canada is investing in green jobs in natural resources through our Science and Technology Internship Program, part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
ECO Canada is helping employers increase capacity and supporting emerging professional find jobs through offering several wage subsidy options.
BioTalent provides financial support to bio-economy employers to reduce the risk of hiring talent and to provide additional support to employers during the COVID-19. Several programs are available.
Clean Foundation professional internship stream (6 to 12 months), is a wage subsidy initiative to help graduates acquire work experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) positions with an environmental focus.
Mitacs Career Connect is a wage subsidy program that supports six-month placements for organizations interested in hiring recent post-secondary graduates for jobs that protect the environment, create positive environmental outcomes, or address an environmental or climate change-related challenge.
Mitacs Accelerate Program Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need — your financial contribution starts at $7,500.
Career Launcher Internship Programs provides up to $20,000 to hire skilled grads to strengthen their business.
Digital Skills for Youth Program is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students.
Canada Summer Jobs: program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people. All youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants. 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.
Manitoba Green Team grants are awarded to non-profit organizations and municipal governments to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 to work on community projects between May and August.
Funding for Indigenous Students and Programming
Community Opportunity Readiness addresses the financial needs of Aboriginal communities when they are in pursuit of, and wish to participate in, an economic opportunity. The programming is inclusive of wage subsidies.
First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program supports activities that assist youth in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options. Activities may include career promotion, science and technology activities, co-operative education placements and internships and mentored work placements.
First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program allows youth to learn about career options and earn an income that may contribute to a university or college education. It is a proposal-based application
Indigenous peoples and cultures funding offers a range of funding programs and grants available to support Indigenous peoples and cultures.
Funding for Students facing barriers to employment
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work provides Job Accommodation Service and wage subsidies for employers across Canada to create healthy and inclusive workplaces.