Student Work Placement Program

New CO-OP funding for student hires

It's never been more affordable to hire uOttawa!

New CO-OP funding opportunities have been announced as part of the Student Work Placement program (SWPP), administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to hire some of our CO-OP students! It’s free to post a job with uOttawa. To learn more about the positive impact our CO-OP students can make on your organization, contact us.

Available funding:

  • $5,000 to $7,000 per CO-OP student
  • 50% of salary up to $5,000 for all students
  • 70% of salary up to $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups, including women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers
  • Employers based in Ontario and Quebec can also qualify for a tax credit of up to $3,000 as part of the Co-operative Education Tax Credit.

*Standard job placements are full-time hours for 16 weeks. Some organizations have flexibility and will accept 12 to 16 weeks.

Confirmed SWPP partners:

Visit our partners' website for more information or to apply.

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BioTalent Canada

Targeted sectors: Bio-economy (Bio-health, Bio-energy, Bio-industrial, Agri-biotech)

Organization types: Private sector companies and parapublic organizations (except Universities)

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Biochemistry*; Biology*; Biomedical Mechanical Engineering; Biotechnology; Computer Science; Mathematics*; Physics; Physics-Mathematics*; Statistics

* May qualify, depending on program’s applicability to bio-economy sector.

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Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA)

Targeted sectors: Aviation and aerospace industry

Organization types: Aviation or aerospace organizations

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Biochemistry;  Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computer Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Physics*; Physics-Mathematics*; Software Engineering; Statistics

* May qualify if work has an aviation/aerospace focus

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ECO Canada Co-op Program

Targeted sectors: Environmental sector (example: an organization with an environmental division or that is working on environmental projects)

Organization types: Engineering firms, NGOs, municipal and provincial departments, professors conducting research

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Biology*; Civil Engineering (Environmental option); Environmental Science; Earth Sciences; Environmental Studies; Geography; Master’s of Environmental Sustainability

* May qualify, depending on applicability of ecological/environmental knowledge in position

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Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

Targeted sectors: Generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power

Organization types: Canadian or canadian owned Firms engaged in: 

  • the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Environmental science, Physics

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Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Targeted sectors: Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Organization types: Small to mid-sized firms in areas of growth such as advanced manufacturing, intelligent retailing and FINTECH

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Business Technologies, Management Information Systems and Analytics, Mathematics, Software Engineering, Statistics

*Other programs may qualify in some cases, depending on application to high-tech work

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Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

Targeted sectors: Technology and IT

Organization types: small to mid-sized firms

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Management Information Systems and Analytics, Electronic Business Technologies, Mathematics, Statistics

*Other programs may qualify, depending on their applicability to high-tech work

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MaRS Discovery District

Targeted sectors: Health, Energy & Environment, Finance & Commerce, and Work & Learning

Organization types: From startups to scaling companies

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Chemical Engineering, Commerce, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Economics and Public Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Finance, Financial Mathematics and Economics

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Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Targeted sectors: Mining and environmental industries

Organization types: Private sector environmental and engineering consulting organizations (if they have a relation to the mining industry) and Professors/researchers that do not have other government funding.

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Commerce, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Business Technologies, Management Information Systems and Analytics Mathematics, Statistics

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Venture for Canada

Targeted sectors: Entrepreneurial and innovative organizations 

Organization types: Start-ups in Canada’s East Coast, small to medium enterprises, defined as anywhere between 5-100 employees with office in Atlantic Canada.

uOttawa CO-OP Programs: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Commerce

*More partners continue to be announced.

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