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.

Grow your business. Find programs and services that could help through the Government of Canada.

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
Innovation Canada Funding Guide

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.
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.
Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) The Magnet Student Work Placement program provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences. Students in turn benefit with quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study.
Program funding covers eligible employers for:

  • 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each net new placement.
  • 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each net new placement for under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, as well as first-year students.

Submit a form to learn more information.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Experience Award - DISCONTINUED as of January 2019

If you are an employer who is expecting to receive funding through this award for your co-op hiring for Summer 2019 or beyond, this funding option is no longer available.

NSERC’s Research Partnership programs are being renewed. As a result, the NSERC Experience Award is being discontinued.

Experience Award will accept new applications for a Winter 2019 (Jan-Apr) Co-op work term with a start date prior to and including January 14, 2019. Regular rules will continue to apply, ie. complete applications must be received within two months of the start date; however, applications with a start date after January 14, 2019 will not be accepted. Commitments for existing installments will be honoured. For the latest information, please consult NSERC’s New Research Partnerships page.

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)

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 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 relevant associations.

Biotalent Canada
Program Name: Student Work Placement 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 Jenn at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 298, or contact Coleen, ext. 221, or Hannah, ext. 215 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: Work Integrated Learning
As part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), our wage subsidy program supports businesses by financing their decision to hire a student for a work-term placement. Work integrated learning (WIL) gives students hands-on experience in real-world work environments while they’re enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Types of Learning Options are:

  • Systematic training
  • Structured work experience
  • Institutional partnerships
  • Incubators and accelerators
  • Bootcamps and hackathons

Contact for more information.

United Nations Association in Canada
Program Name: Green Spaces - Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
UNA-Canada has launched the Green Spaces/Espaces Verts (GS/EV) programme. GS is a wage-matching programme and UNA-Canada works together with organizations in the green sector across the country to place these talented students in positions that provide professional development training and will elevate their knowledge, passion, and experience of working in sustainable development. Contact the appropriate Regional Coordinators for more information.