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Funding opportunities

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Resources for Students


For STEAM and/or Business students

Through the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), organizations within Canada that offer full-time internship opportunities between 12–16 weeks for eligible 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 STEAM, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and new Canadians.
  • Eligibility: Employers MUST hire eligible students enrolled in official internships programs in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and Business programs to qualify for funding from SWPP and must apply directly to the funding agency.

For Research & Development 

  • Available across Canada: Scientific Research and Experimental Development, 15–35% tax credits for eligible expenditures, which may include the salaries of co-op students. Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors who complete research and development in Canada. Learn more about the forms you need to submit on the government website.
  • Mitacs helps to employ top Canadian graduate-level researchers from multiple programs with companies through funding opportunities.


Green Funding (Ecology/Environmental based programs)

  • The JMSB Sustainable Internship Program (SIP) offers funding for internships that demonstrate a sustainability component in the job description (whether sustainability is a mandate of the organization or not). The funding allows for a $3000 stipend, which can be added to the salary or stipend provided by the employer. For more information, please contact the Co-op Program Coordinator at
  • Project Learning Tree Canada offers up to 50% of income support based on the prevailing provincial minimum wage rate to any organization that will offer work experience opportunities to students in the green jobs sector. Work experiences must be from 8–16 weeks in duration and must take place within Canada. The job must be a Green Job from the Approved Jobs List and is a position which is primarily outdoors, with a resource management, conservation, and/or environmental education component.
  • UNAC Green Spaces is a youth employment program that places students interested in the Green Economy in organizations across the country to elevate their knowledge, passion, and experience working in sustainable development. It is a wage matching funding opportunity (wage subsidy of approximately 50%).
  • SDTC will provide on average funding for 33% (up to 40%) of eligible projects costs to Canadian small- and medium-size enterprises advancing innovative technologies that are pre-commercial and have the potential to demonstrate significant and quantifiable environmental and economic benefits in one or more of the following areas: climate change, clean air, clean water, and clean soil.

Summer hire (student from any program) 

  • Canada Summer Jobs helps non-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to hire students (any program) for the Summer 
  • The Young Canada Works program offers eligible employers between 25% to 75% of employment costs up to a maximum of $8,000 per internship (students from any program) 
  • Fonds étudiant solidarité travail du Québec offers financial assistance to organizations who hire students during the summer, for educational and social employment in workplaces that would not normally have the necessary financial resources. Eligible employers: small businesses, cooperatives, non-profit organizations in the community sector and labour organizations.


Other funding

  • For Companies: Sustainable Development Technology Canada offers financing to eligible companies developing clean technologies; Biotalent Canada offers up to $13,500 in wage subsidies over six months to employers to hire a recent graduate from any discipline into a “green job”.
  • For Companies and Non-Profit Organizations: Organizations seeking support for culture, history and sport can see a list of funding opportunities through Heritage Canada.
  • For recent graduates: Career Focus Program — Financial assistance to companies that host a graphic communications graduate seeking first work experience in the field.
  • Industrial design: tax credit for salary expenses incurred internally for an industrial designer or designers employed by the company or for fees paid by an external designer (consultant).
  • City grant: Internship grant “I work for my city
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