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Grants for Interns/Co-op Students

SWPP Program (Government of Canada Student Work Placement)

  • Find wage subsidies to hire students in STEM or business. Organizations that offer full-time employment opportunities between 12-16 weeks for full-time Canadian post-secondary students can receive wage subsidies:

  • Up to 50% of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) per student OR

  • Up to 70% (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students including first-year students, women in STEM, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers

  • Apply for wage subsidies through one of the ten Employer Delivery Partners

CASBE Program (Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement)

  • Alberta small businesses work collaboratively with academics for one year of a project where Alberta Innovates will contribute $25,000 in addition to the $25,000 originally provided by NSERC Engage making the total investment per project $50,000

  • Facilitate academics to use their technology platforms’ world-class knowledge, facilities and students at colleges and universities within Campus Alberta to assist Small and Medium Enterprises “SME” in Alberta

Find wage subsidies and interns, funding, loans and capital investments, tax credits, advice and expertise, partnering and collaboration:

The Government of Canada has created many COVID-19 supports to help businesses during these challenging times. By answering a few questions about your business at, you will receive a tailored list of supports for your business, plus discover hundreds of other federal, provincial, and territorial programs and services designed to support Canadian business.

Grants for Engineering/Technology New Grads

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

  • Funding to train new hires or current employees

  • Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs for existing employees. The government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee per fiscal year. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee

NSERC (Natural Sciences and Research Council of Canada) NRC IRAP funding to hire young graduates

  • Qualifying companies must be 500 or fewer full-time equivalents) and may be incorporated and for-profit

  • The Youth Employment Program (YEP) offers financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring young talent to work on projects with R&D, engineering, multimedia or market analysis components or to help develop a new product or process. The candidate's internship must last a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months, and the candidate must be 15 to 30 years of age at the start of the internship, a post-secondary graduate

  • The Youth Employment Program – Green (Youth-Green) offers financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring young talent to work on the business, technical or technology-related projects with environmental benefits. The candidate's internship must last for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of six months, and the candidate must be 15 to 30 years of age at the start of the internship

University of Waterloo website’s list of grants

  • 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 purposes of experiential learning. You may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in wage subsidies!

  • This funding is being administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through 12 delivery partners.

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