Funding Opportunities

Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP)

Your organization could be eligible for up to $7,000 in wage subsidies to hire co-op students.

The Government of Canada’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP), administered by Employment and Social Development Canada, is a new funding program to support quality work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences for students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business. The work placements are full-time and 16 weeks in length. Eligible positions and hires will receive 50-70 per cent of wage subsidies from the sector councils that are currently approved below:

*More sector councils will be announced in the coming months. We will update the website when this information becomes available.

General funding guidelines:

  • Wage subsidies of up to 50 per cent of the wage cost for the co-op placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement).
  • Wage subsidies of up to 70 per cent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students including first-year students, women in STEM, Indigenous students and persons with disabilities.
  • Any student in a registered co-op program at a Canadian institution — who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada — is eligible for the SWILP funding if they are employed by an eligible organization.
  • The balance of the wages cannot be funded by another federal program, such as IRAP or Mitacs; however, employers are eligible for the provincial Co-operative Education Tax Credit.

Eligibility and application processes vary across industry sector councils. For specific details, please click on the drop down menus below.

Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP)

BioTalent Canada SWILP funding

Eligible employers:

  • Open to all organizations that are part of the economic sector represented by BioTalent Canada, including Bio-health, Bio-energy, Bio-industrial, Agri-biotech and more.

“Bio economy” is broadly defined. Brock employers can contact Rachel Wilson-Cannon (rwilson-cannon@biotalent.ca) regarding their eligibility.

How to apply:

  • Visit BioTalent’s website to download and complete the application forms.
  • Please note: For winter 2018, organizations that meet BioTalent’s SWILP criteria may receive funding, as “existing” jobs qualify for BioTalent funding.

Brock co-op programs that may be a fit for you include:

Want to learn more about the positive impact our co-op students can make on your organization? Contact Jason Peng, Co-op Employer Development Manager.

Phone: 905-688-5550 x3126
Email: jpeng2@brocku.ca

ECO Canada co-op program

Eligible employers:

  • A Canadian-owned organization or a Canadian subsidiary organization that is working in the environmental sector, has an environmental division or is working on environmental projects.
  • Brock employers can contact Jen Neuman (jneuman@eco.ca) regarding their eligibility.

How to apply:

  • Apply online directly through ECO Canada’s co-op program.
  • Employers can apply before hiring, and once approved, they have 30 days to hire a student and receive funding.

Brock co-op programs that may be a fit for you include:

Want to learn more about the positive impact our co-op students can make on your organization? Contact Melissa Beamer, Senior Co-op Employer Development Manager.

Phone: 905-688-5550 x4633
Email: mbeamer2@brocku.ca

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) 

Eligible employers:

  • Organizations within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
  • Organizations that are from one of the following “high growth” sectors: fintech, advanced manufacturing, intelligent retail, and other sectors considered to be growing rapidly.

How to apply:

Want to learn more about the positive impact our co-op students can make on your organization? Contact Melissa Beamer, Senior Co-op Employer Development Manager.

Phone: 905-688-5550 x4633
Email: mbeamer2@brocku.ca

Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) 

Eligible employers:

  • Small or medium-sized organizations (up to 500 employees)
  • Able to offer a minimum of a 12-week work term
  • Able to offer a position in either Business Technology Management(BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or a related area.
  • The work term student(s) cannot be an existing employee OR have any previous working history with the organization.

How to apply:

  • Visit ITAC’s websitefor more information and to apply for this funding program.
  • Brock employers can contact Jan Hall (jhall@itac.ca) regarding eligibility and the application process.

Brock co-op programs that may be a fit for you include:

  • Computer Science, Computing and Business, Computing and Network Communications, Computing and Solid State Device Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Business Administration (Information Systems stream).
  • Click here to see all of our co-op programs.
Want to learn more about the positive impact our co-op students can make on your organization? Contact Ryan Larouche, Co-op Employer Development Manager.

Phone: 905-688-5550 x4502
Email: rlarouche@brocku.ca

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA)

Eligible employers:

  • CCAA’s SWILP program is geared toward organizations within the aviation and aerospace, industry, including drones, rockets, satellite design, un-manned vehicles, flight operations, manufacturing and more.
  • Positions may include opportunities in the areas of project, business, supply chain or technology management.
  • Brock employers can contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse (tdaviswoodhouse@avaerocouncil.ca) at CCAA regarding your eligibility.

How to apply:

Want to learn more about the positive impact our co-op students can make on your organization? Contact Dana Tonus, Senior Co-op Employer Development Manager.

Phone: 1-866-618-9373 (toll free)
Email: dtonus@brocku.ca

Other Funding Opportunities

Eligibility and application processes vary across industry sector councils. For specific details, please click on the drop down menus below.

Other Funding Opportunities

Co-operative Education Ontario Tax Credit

You can claim the co-operative education tax credit if you are a corporation that provided a qualifying work placement at a permanent establishment in Ontario for a student enrolled in a qualifying post-secondary co-operative education program.

The credit is equal to an eligible percentage (25% to 30%) of the eligible expenditures incurred by the corporation for a qualifying work placement. The maximum credit for each qualifying work placement is $3,000.

Eligible employers:

  • All Ontario Co-op employers
  • The placement must be for a period of at least 10 consecutive week
  • The student must be paid for the work performed
  • Eligible expenditures are:
    • salaries and wages (including taxable benefits) paid or payable to a student in a qualifying work placement
    • fees paid or payable to an employment agency for the provision of services performed by the student in a qualifying work placement

Contact Information:

Ministry of Finance, Corporate Tax Branch at  905-433-6513

https://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/cetc/

Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:

  • provides work experiences for students
  • supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely

Eligible employers:

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Contact Information:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job.html?utm_campaign=not-applicable&utm_medium=vanity-url&utm_source=canada-ca_canada-summer-jobs

 

Northern Ontario Internship Program

The intent of the Northern Ontario Internship Program is to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantage and build economic development capacity by attracting and retaining graduates in the North. The program provides recent graduates who are interested in launching and building their careers in Northern Ontario access to internships

Eligible employers:

Private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations located in Northern Ontario that are interested in providing training and work experience to recent graduates. The organization must have been in operation for at least one year with a minimum of one full-time employee and operate in existing and emerging priority economic sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • agriculture, aquaculture and food processing
  • arts, culture and creative industries
  • digital economy
  • forestry and value-added forestry-related industries
  • health sciences
  • minerals sector and mining supply and services
  • renewable energy and services
  • tourism
  • transportation, aviation and aerospace
  • water technologies and services
  • municipalities, First Nations, post-secondary education institutions, and research institutions may also apply

Other business activities that, in the opinion of the NOHFC Board of Directors, will result in an economic development advantage for Northern Ontario will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A legal entity is entitled to two internship positions at a given time. Additional research positions are considered for colleges, universities and research institutions (as defined by NOHFC).

Contact Information:

Toll free line: 1-800-461-8329

https://nohfc.ca/en/programs/northern-ontario-internship-program

nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca

 

NRC – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IAP)

For nearly 70 years, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) has been stimulating wealth creation for Canada through technological innovation. This is largely accomplished by providing technology assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), at all stages of the innovation process, to build their innovation capacity and successfully take their ideas to market. NRC IRAP helps SMEs identify and understand technology issues and opportunities and provides linkages to the best business and R&D expertise in Canada.

Eligible employers:

In order to be considered for possible NRC IRAP funding, the basic eligibility criteria are:

  • be a small and medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented;
  • have 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees; and
  • have the objective to grow and generate profits through development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

Contact Information:

Toll-free: 1-877-994-4727

https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.

Eligible employers:

NSERC funds are awarded to Canadian universities and colleges. Companies are welcome to collaborate with and support applications from these institutions for grant funds.

Contact Information:

General Inquiries: sectr@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Index_eng.asp

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

The OIDMTC is a refundable tax credit available to qualifying corporations for expenditures related to the creation of eligible interactive digital media products. A 40% tax credit is available for eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses incurred by qualifying corporations that develop and market their own products (known as “non-specified products”). The credit is 35% on eligible Ontario labour expenditures for products developed under a fee-for-service arrangement (known as “specified products”). A 35% credit on eligible labour expenditures is also available to qualifying digital game corporations and specialized digital game corporations (see large digital game corporations below). There is no limit on the amount of eligible Ontario labour expenditures which may qualify and there is no per-project or annual corporate limits on the amount of the OIDMTC which may be claimed. Eligible marketing and distribution expenses are capped at $100,000 per non-specified product.

Eligible employers:

A qualifying corporation is a Canadian corporation (Canadian or foreign-owned), which develops an eligible product at a permanent establishment in Ontario operated by it, and files an Ontario tax return.

Corporations that are prescribed labour-sponsored venture capital corporations under the regulations made under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and corporations that are exempt from tax or are controlled directly or indirectly by a corporation exempt from tax are not eligible for the OIDMTC.

Contact Information:

Tax Credits & Financing Programs Ontario Media Development Corporation

T: 416.642.6659

F: 416.314.6876

http://www.omdc.on.ca/interactive/Tax_Credits/OIDMTC.htm

Rural Economic Development Program

Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program helps rural communities remove barriers to community economic development.

With the support of the program, rural communities are better positioned to attract investment, create jobs, enhance economic growth and make everyday life easier for rural Ontarians.

The RED program supports the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives by:

  • Helping remove barriers to economic development for rural communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Helping rural communities identify their economic strengths and develop strategies to attract business and investment which will help retain and create jobs.
  • Helping rural communities and partners to be in a more competitive economic position so that they can diversify and grow their local economies – making economic growth more inclusive so that Ontario’s growing economy delivers real benefits to rural Ontario.

Eligible employers:

In order to be eligible to apply applicant(s) must:

  • be one of:
  • a legal entity that is a Not-for-Profit*
  • a Municipality**
  • a Local Services Board***; or
  • an Ontario Indigenous community or organization****
  • have the authority to enter into a legal agreement; and
  • be in compliance with all requirements of law and agree to remain in compliance for the term of the Contribution Agreement (if the project is approved)

Contact Information:

Agricultural Information Contact Centre: 1-877-424-1300 or RED@ontario.ca

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/ruralfunding/index.html

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program (SR&ED)

The SR&ED program is a federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes. The SR&ED program is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial research and development.

Eligible employers:

Generally, a Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC) can earn an investment tax credit (ITC) of 35% up to the first $2 million of qualified expenditures for SR&ED carried out in Canada, and 20% on any excess amount. Other Canadian corporations, proprietorships, partnerships, and trusts can earn an ITC of 20% of qualified expenditures for SR&ED carried out in Canada.

Contact Information:

Business inquiries Line service:

  • In English at 1-800 959-5525
  • or for service in French at 1-800-959-7775

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/txcrdt/sred-rsde/menu-eng.html