Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Digital Subsidy

By mmuise

ICTC’s WIL Digital is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students.
ICTC’s WIL Digital supports Canadian businesses that offer student work placements within the Digital Economy.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a subsidy of of 50% up to $5,000 (or 70% up to $7,000 for underrepresented students).

Deadline: Currently accepting applications

Employer eligibility criteria:

  • Be a registered, Canadian business or non-profit;
  • Hiring students as an employee of the company and not a contractor or an independent contractor;
  • Have the financial capacity to hire a student for the full work term, pay them consistently and provide a meaningful work experience;
  • The position is digital/technology immersive and uses technology either entirely or in some Capacity;
  • Be compliant with Human Rights and Labor legislation, regulation, and laws in the respective province or region;
  • Maintain and provide records of employment, proof of wages paid, and reports when requested by ICTC or the Government of Canada;
  • Where legally required, the employer is responsible for Workplace Safety and Insurance or alternate workplace insurance coverage;
  • The student is not replacing a displaced worker or filling a role left vacant due to a labor Dispute;
  • The application for funding must have started with ICTC before the student placement start Date;
  • The position is Net New.

    Common disqualifiers:
  • Federal, Provincial, Territorial, Municipal government, or financial institutions (incl: credit unions) do not qualify for the program;
  • The student is an immediate family member of somebody in the organization. “immediate family”: the father, mother, step-father, step-mother, brother, sister, spouse (including common-law partner), child (including the child of common-law partner), step-child, ward, father in law, mother in law or relative permanently residing in the household of the director;
  • The position is already subsidized by other federal funding.
  • Incomplete application and/or does not provide supporting documents;
  • The application was started after the student placement start date.

    The student must meet the below eligibility criteria:
  • Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Enrolled in a program at a Canadian accredited post-secondary institution, during the work placement period;
  • The student is legally entitled to work in Canada.

    Common disqualifiers:
  • International students or students with work permits do not qualify;
  • The student is an immediate family member of somebody in the organization.
Application Steps:

Application steps:

1. The employer must identify a student they would like to hire.

2. Employers go to, create an account and start their application. The student will recieve an invitation via email from to complete his/her side of the application.

3. Student(s) completes the application form with supporting documentation.

4. Application is submitted to ICTC for review and feedback.

The application for funding must have started with ICTC before the student placement start date.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. the signed contract with ICTC on their application system;
2. a Learning Plan to ICTC. The Learning Plan form is filled out by the employer (supervisor) together with the student in the employer`s profile.
3. complete the final evaluations (separately) within the last two (2) weeks of the work placement;
4. at the end of the placement the below payroll records (First and Last Statement of Earnings for contract period):
a) This document may include the following information:
• Accounting software name (if applicable)
• Company name
• Pay period
• Name of participant
• Gross income
• Statutory deductions withheld, and
• Year-to-date amount
• Direct deposit transaction or Cheque No. (if applicable)
b) If employer paid wages by cheque, they must provide copies of cleared checks.
c) If employer paid wages via direct deposit/EFT (electronic fund transfer), they must provide the bank remittance advice, payment register/report or copy of a bank statement showing that the payment went through.

Other Things to Note:

Applications for Spring/Summer 2024 will be open on February 1st, 2024.

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