Healthcare organizations are now eligible to apply for student wage subsidies

BioTalent Canada's Student Work Placement Program is now open to the healthcare sector. Canada’s healthcare industry has a growing need to produce job-ready healthcare workers. There are 1,500 open spots available in 2020-21. For more information, visit

Wage Subsidies for Hiring Students Healthcare – Student Work Placement Program

Overview The Healthcare – Student Work Placement Program is an initiative to increase the job-readiness of students registered in healthcare* programs at Canadian post- secondary institutions. The program offers student wage subsidies to a maximum of $7,500.

COVID-19 update

  • Applications are being accepted for all placements starting before March 2021.
  • Employers will have the flexibility to postpone placement start dates within the term to avoid rescinding placements.
  • Employers and positions can be pre-approved for funding before employers finalize their selection of students to hire.
  • If requested, Small- and medium-sized employers (who have fewer than 500 employees) and non-profit organizations will be able to receive up to 75% of the wage subsidies up-front.
  • Please note: Post-secondary Institutions do not qualify for advanced payment.
    Students can work from home.
  • Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges and polytechnics) can be the employer of record to offer meaningful placements to students.
  • The requirement to hire above your organization’s co-op/student hiring baseline has been removed.
  • Wage subsidy will cover up to 75% of the salary to a maximum of $7,500.
  • For full criteria, please visit

Benefits for students

  • Gain valuable skills employers need
  • Start building a healthcare career
  • Showcase real-experience on your resume

Benefits for employers

  • Gain access to funds to hire students
  • Leverage a pool of workers eager to enhance their skills
  • Develop new talent for future recruitment needs

Benefits for post-secondary institutions

  • Increase healthcare students’ job-readiness

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Canadian universities and colleges are placing highly-educated students in healthcare organizations. If you are looking to hire young and eager talent, BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement

  • Laser Therapist
  • Clinic Assistant
  • Professional Training Coach
  • Medical Administration
  • Therapy Admin. Assistant

Hire students and get SWPP funding

  1. Create company and job description.
  2. Contact BioTalent Canada for pre-approval of funding.
  3. Recruit students via our Academic partners or other schools via the Academic Hub at
  4. Submit SWPP application forms to finalize placement funding. View healthcare sub-sectors here:

“Clinical Trials are a key aspect of advancing the health care field. The Student Work Placement Program allowed to fund a research assistant – who we trained and believe will contribute to the translational research field.”
– Lilia Kaustov at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Want to learn more?

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