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Hire a student and get up to $7,500 back in wage subsidies.

Hire a student and get up to $7,500 back in wage subsidies

You need workers. Whether it’s to support your current business needs, kick-start a work project, or backfill a short-term need, you could use all the help you can get.

Motivated students need a place to start, a place to learn, and a place to contribute. They are eager to start gaining skills and providing value in their role.

WILWorks wants to pay you to make it happen, with up to $7,500 in wage subsidies paid to manufacturers who either hire a post-secondary student for a work placement, or who already have a student in a current placement. That’s right! Even if the student is currently working at your facility, you may be eligible to get some of that money back. Read on to discover how it works.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is delivering the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) wage subsidy to Canada’s manufacturing and related sectors through the WILWorks Program.


But why should I hire a student?
Students are eager to start, and eager to learn. Students bring fresh eyes and new perspectives in addition to their recently acquired knowledge and skills. Students can also support workers balancing multiple priorities or improve capacity to relieve staff who are upgrading their training.
Students can support your current business needs and/or work projects and initiatives, but there are other, longer-term benefits as well: you’ll attract young talent, gain exposure to students in the work environment, and create a talent pipeline for the future.

Okay, so how do I hire a student?
You’re responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and selecting the student. Contact your region’s post secondary institutions and their Coop/Career Services department. Many academic institutions have dedicated job boards and events to facilitate recruiting. Please note that only Canadian students enrolled in recognized Canadian post-secondary institutions are eligible.

Is it just for manufacturing jobs?
Not necessarily. While work placements should be relevant to the manufacturing and related sectors, students may be hired into direct or indirect roles (e.g., human resources, finance, graphic design, I.T., etc.). And in fact, if your company does not work directly in the manufacturing sector but you operate in a manufacturing-related sub-sector, you can still apply.

The WILWorks program offers wage subsidies of 50-75% of a student’s placement salary.

  • While the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan is in effect, employers are eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 per placement.
  • Placements must be part of a post-secondary program’s work integrated learning component (co-op, placements, mentorship programs, practicums, applied research projects and internships); placements that complement a student’s program of study and career goals may also qualify.
  • Working remotely in a safe environment, from the student’s home or other self-isolated area, is now allowed.


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