Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

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The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences. Students in turn benefit with quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a wage subsidy of:
- 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each net new placement.
- 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each net new placement for under-represented groups.

Deadline: Accepting applications for Summer 2024 (funding term: May 1 to August 31, 2024)

Employers must be:

  • a registered, Canadian business or not-for-profit;
  • willing to provide a quality work-integrated learning experience to a Post Secondary student;
  • committed to paying the student for the role, and have the financial capacity to pay the student for the duration of the placement in full (the wage subsidy will be administered after receiving all supporting documentation, at the end of the placement);
  • compliant with all federal and provincial human rights and labour legislation, regulations, and any other relevant standards including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act;
  • where legally required, responsible for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) or alternate workplace insurance coverage;
  • Ineligible Employers include (but are not limited to):
    a) Federal, Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Government;
    b) Hospitals and public long-term care facilities;
    c) Crown Corporations;
    d) Post-Secondary Institutions (PSIs);
    e) Financial institutions;
    f) Non-secular institutions*;
    g) Please note that this list may not be comprehensive, placement eligibility is determined through the application process;

    h) *secular WIL opportunities in Non-secular institutions may be eligible, please reach out to for clarification.

    Student eligibility criteria:
  • Registered as a domestic student in a recognized post-secondary institution;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations;
  • Must have a work-integrated learning component within their study plan;
  • Undertaking a placement that is recognized as work-integrated learning in connection with a course, degree, certificate, diploma, or other recognized program offered by the institution. The placement can be required or optional, for credit or not for credit;
  • Graduate students (including Masters and PhD’s) are eligible;
  • Can be in a full or part-time program;
  • Can be from any program of study;
  • Can be from under-represented groups:
    a) Women studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM);
    b) Indigenous students;
    c) Visible minorities;
    d) New Canadians (within 5 years);
    e) Persons with disabilities;
    f) Students in their first year of study.
Application Steps:

Applicants must create an Outcome Campus Connect account to apply. (Outcome Campus Connect is Canada’s largest online campus recruiting platform. Send your job posting directly to campus job boards.)

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

Magnet is one of 17 SWPP delivery partners across Canada.

Program Contact:
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