• SWPP scenario

    If you hire a student to work 35 hours a week at $18.50 for 16 weeks, normally, your total cost for wages would be $10.080.

    but with SWPP, your total cost would be $2,580

  • Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) 

    As part of the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), a variety of funding opportunities are available for employers to hire students for the purpose of experiential learning. 

    You may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in wage subsidies! 

    Co-op Students at work

    This funding is being administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through 10 delivery partners

    Important Updates: SWPP funding has become temporarily more flexible. 

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has made temporary changes to the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to make accessing funding easier, provide you with more flexibility and allow you to hire more students! These changes will be valid until March 31, 2021.

    If you didn't qualify for funding before, you should consider it now! You may qualify for up to 75% in wage subsidies (to a max. of $7500) per co-op student you hire.

    You may also consider using SWPP to hire more co-op students to assist with new projects and changes due to COVID-19. As an example, accessing funding through SWPP may provide you with the financial flexibility to hire four co-op students with the budget normally required for one.

    SWPP eligibility changes (valid until March 31, 2021):

    • Shortened work terms (8 – 16 weeks in duration) may now be eligible for SWPP funding.
    • Co-op students can work from home.
    • Post-secondary institutions now qualify for SWPP funding as long as the experience is a quality work-integrated learning opportunity that's linked to the student's program of study and career goals. This also applies to research positions.
    • "Net new" hire restrictions have been removed. All co-op students are now considered for funding (not just new roles or more students hired compared to the previous year).

    Note: some exceptions may apply if you will be engaging a student as an independent contractor. 



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  • Contact Bill Stewart for more information with SWPP

    Phone: 343.422.4741

    email: bill@1000islandsganchamber.com

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