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Student Work Placement Program

Applications for 16-week Summer 2018 co-op placements are no longer being accepted.

Applications for 16-week Fall 2018 co-op placements are being accepted.

What could your company achieve with up to $7,000 in co-op wage subsidies?

The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in STEM or business programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The program gives employers the freedom to:

  • Gain access to funds to hire co-op students
  • Leverage a pool of workers eager to enhance their skills
  • Develop new talent for future recruitment needs

Program description

The program’s co-op wage subsidies help knock down that cost barrier, by covering the cost of a co-op student’s salary by 50% up to a maximum of $5,000 and 70% up to a maximum of $7,000 for first-year students and under-represented groups including:

  • Women in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Women in business
  • Indigenous students
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Newcomers

The program enables you to bring on an eager-to-learn student for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to your company who could meet your future recruiting needs. For background information please see:

Featured co-op programs:


Long success record

BioTalent Canada has a long track record of successful wage-subsidy programs, helping new talent gain the skills needed for employment in biotech while assisting companies in offsetting the costs associated with hiring. The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program has placed over 256 students with 92 employers between September 2017 and March 2018. Please see the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program At-a-glance for highlights.

For stories and more details on the success of BioTalent Canada wage subsidy programs please see our Mapping Potential - Profiles of Canada's biotech frontiers


To qualify for the program, either the co-op position needs to have a biotechnology focus or the employer needs to have a biotechnology focus. Please also see the Participant information page for participant eligibility.

Examples of positions that could qualify

  • Sales and Marketing Assistant at a biofuels company
  • Software Engineer at a health technology company
  • Associate Research Chemist for safe food processing at a meat manufacturing plant
  • Laboratory Technologist for environmental management at an automotive company

Uncertain if your job qualifies? Don’t count yourself out.
Contact Mary at 1-866-243-2472, ext. 222 or mcarr@biotalent.ca, or contact Colleen, ext. 221 or chayes@biotalent.ca.

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Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.