Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is a funding opportunity that offers eligible employers up to $7,500 of wage subsidies when they hire Canadian post-secondary students in work integrated learning placement programs for paid work.

Who is eligible to apply for SWPP?

  • Registered Canadian businesses, not-for profits, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges, and polytechnics)
  • Please note that Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Governments and Red Seal trades do not qualify

What are my commitments as an employer? 

  • Pay the student for the role
  • Provide a quality learning experience to the student
  • Have the financial capacity to pay the student for the duration of the placement in full (the wage subsidy will be administered after receiving the final pay stub at the end of the placement)
  • Submit pay stubs (as proof of payment to the student) at the end of the placement through the portal
  • Submit an invoice at the end of the placement through the portal to get reimbursed (the wage subsidy) 

Where do I start?


  • Before you apply for the funding, it's best to have some key things prepared:
    • Outline the position you'd like to hire for. Create a job title and a job description. This is required for the application.
    • Research which post-secondary institutions your ideal student would be from, including their program. Once you know, you can even reach out to that school's co-op office to ensure they will have a student for you. 

What is the process for an employer?

PHASE 2: GET PRE-APPROVED (Approx. 20 minutes)

  1. Create a profile on our portal here
  2. After you've created your profile, feel free to get in touch with us so we can walk you through the application process (please read below to ensure you have all of the information you need ready to go, including your job posting and the type of work integrated learning placement you're interested in) 
  3. Select your delivery partner for the program: IMPORTANT NOTE:  Your delivery partner is the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Click on Ontario Chamber of Commerce and proceed.
  4. Select the term that you will be hiring for and click next
  5. Complete your employer information
  6. Complete your placement details including the type of WIL (work integrated learning) placement that you would like to select. To learn the differences between WILs, please click here. Here, you can also search the co-op program directory to learn about programs at institutions. 
  7. Submit your completed application - please note that your job posting may take up to one day to appear.


  1. Hire a qualified student (the portal will match you with qualified students via Outcome Campus Connect)
  2. Invite your selected student(s) to complete their portion of the application through the portal
  3. Magnet will review the application for approval
  4. On approval, provide supporting documentation, including a placement agreement, through the portal


  1. Upon completion of the placement, submit the proof of payment (pay stubs) for the entire period, through the portal
  2. Submit an invoice to Magnet, through the portal to get reimbursed
  3. Magnet will process your subsidy 

When you're ready to start your application, feel free to contact us to get 

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How do I get the funding?

  • The wage subsidy will be administered to you after the placement ends
  • You will need to follow all steps (detailed above) to claim your subsidy 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is Outcome Campus Connect and how is it used in this process?

  • Outcome Campus Connect is Canada’s largest online student recruitment tool. Employers using Magnet can use the Outcome Campus Connect functionality to send job postings to 85+ post-secondary institutions with a single click. Employers can also opt to send their posting to specific college, university, or CEGEP job boards.

Can my organization apply for more than one placement per semester?

  • Yes, you can! 

Can I get funding from SWPP and other programs, such as Canada Summer Jobs?

  • No. You can only receive funding from one funding source. 

Can I see a list of which post-secondary institutions qualify?

  • Yes, click here to view a list. Locally, the University of Guelph, Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are all part of this program. 


Questions about SWPP?

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