Student Work Placement Program

CO-OP funding for student hires

It's never been more affordable to hire uOttawa!

CO-OP funding opportunities continue 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.

SWPP funding has temporarily become more flexible. If you didn't qualify in the past, you should consider applying now.

Some SWPP partners are developing a pre-approval checklist so you can find out if you're eligible for funding before going through the hiring process.

Available funding:

  • Up to $7,500 per CO-OP student
  • Some of the wage subsidy may be provided in advance by certain partners, reducing your up-front hiring costs.
  • 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. In these unusual times though, flexibility for start dates and length of term continues.

Contact the appropriate partner to validate if you qualify to apply

Confirmed SWPP partners:

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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)

Programs of study: 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

Programs of study: 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 working in the environmental sector has an environmental division or a non-environment company working on environmental projects)

Organization types: Private companies and consulting firms that are Canadian owned or Canadian subsidiaries, NGOs, Universities (must provide full-time work for a 12-16 week term).

Programs of study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math (STEAM) and Business

* 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 generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency
  • Manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation

Programs of study: All programs, provided the work is related to the aforementioned areas of the electricity sector

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Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

Targeted sectors: Manufacturing

Organization types: Private sector organizations that have manufacturing activities (if they have a relation to the manufacturing industry) and professors/researchers that do not have other federal government funding and work with manufacturers partners.

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Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Targeted sectors: Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Organization types: Advanced manufacturing, intelligent retailing, FINTECH, e-health, clean technology, artificial intelligence and cyber security, Big Data, connected transportation, and entertainment and gaming. *

*Open to applications from employers within other emerging high growth technologies, or companies outside of the technology industry provided the role is IT related.

Programs of study: All programs, providing the nature of the work applies to technology.

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Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Targeted sectors: Mining 

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.

Programs of study: STEM (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering) and Business

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Talent Opportunity Program (TOP)

Targeted sectors: All sectors

Organization types: Employers must be a registered Canadian business or not-for-profit organization, may be located anywhere in Canada.

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Technation (formally named ITAC)

Targeted sectors: All sectors and all students – student’s work must have a tech component

Organization types: Private, NGO, NPO

Programs of study: All Programs, student’s work must have a tech component.

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Venture for Canada

Targeted sectors: Entrepreneurial and innovative organizations 

Organization types: 

  • SME, start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit, or charity.
  • Located in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador.  
  • You’ve got between 1 - 500 employees.
  • Able to provide an internship opportunity that allows our motivated interns to contribute to new initiatives or add new value to your organization.  
  • All industries welcome!

Programs of study: All programs

*More partners continue to be announced.

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