Propel Student Work Placement Program

By mmuise

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers registered Canadian businesses, startups, and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector a subsidy on each qualifying student’s wages. The wage subsidy can be accessed by businesses from all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, transportation, and travel services.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a wage subsidy of:
- 50% of total gross wages up to a maximum of $5,000 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities.
- 70% of total gross wages up to a maximum of $7,000 to provide students with meaningful WIL opportunities for the following under-represented students: women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Indigenous students, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and newcomers; as well as first-year students.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Employer eligibility criteria:

  • Registered Canadian businesses, startups, and not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector.
  • The position must be a work-integrated learning placement. Student must be hired as an employee of the company (not as an independent contractor). Student eligibility criteria:
  • Be registered at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in a program that includes a work placement;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Be legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where he/she lives.
    The post-secondary program can be full time or part time.
    Students enrolled in a post-graduate program are eligible.
    International students do NOT qualify for the Student Work Placement Program.
Application Steps:

Employers participating in the program will follow this process:

1. Register on the Propel online portal;

2. Post the position they wish to fill;

3. Review student applications and hire a student;

4. Apply for a wage subsidy;

5. Submit paystubs and receive the wage subsidy (EXCLUDE/to remove: up to $7,500).

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit paystubs to receive the subsidy.

Other Things to Note:

Nov. 2023:
Tourism HR Canada hosts a series of virtual info sessions on the Propel Student Work Placement Program, including an overview of the eligibility criteria and application process. A Q&A session with attendees follows the presentation. (Register for the next info session, December 19, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern).
1. Wage subsidies are actively available for salaries paid to qualifying students on work-integrated learning placements, with applications now being accepted for fall 2022 and winter 2022-23.
2. Have a student currently on a placement with you? You could be reimbursed for a percentage of their wages–both those paid to date and those that are forthcoming. Register on the Propel portal ( ) to apply for a wage subsidy.
3. Hiring for fall or winter? If you’re actively recruiting students for work-integrated learning placements to take place anytime between now and April 2023, register on the Propel portal ( ) to post your work-integrated learning opportunity and apply for a wage subsidy.
4. Looking ahead to next summer? If you’re planning to employ a student on a work-integrated learning placement, express your interest via this webform ( and be notified when placements can be posted.

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