What is the Magnet Student Work Placement Program?

The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) brings together employers, students, and post-secondary school stakeholders to create quality work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.

The program 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.

Benefits of the Student Work Placement Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed Canada’s social and economic landscape, leaving a significant impact on hiring capacity, operations, and business growth opportunities.

SWPP is an opportunity for employers of all sizes and industries to build a talent pipeline while offsetting costs.

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Hiring a Student

Outcome Campus Connect is Canada’s largest online student recruitment tool. Employers using Magnet can use the Outcome Campus Connect functionality to send job postings to 85+ post-secondary institutions with a single posting.

Employers can target students based on region, school, and program of study, and recruit students from underrepresented groups.

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How the program works

The program is delivered by Magnet along with a range of recognized associations and organizations who represent key industries and sectors in Canada.

Together, they partner with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs to:

  • Provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements
  • Create recruitment opportunities to match students to the right placements
  • Convene educators and employers to help align PSE curricula to the skills needs of industry

Funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-served basis wherein completed applications are prioritized in the order they are received.

  • 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 including women in STEM, Indigenous students, newcomers, and persons with disabilities, visible minority as well as first-year students.

Winter 2022

Magnet is no longer accepting new applications for the Winter 2022 Student Work Placement Program. Magnet is one of 18 SWPP delivery partners across Canada. Magnet’s Outcome Campus Connect tool can connect you to an alternative delivery partner based on your industry and the availability of funding.

Summer 2022

Magnet is no longer accepting new applications for the Summer 2022 Student Work Placement Program. Magnet is one of 18 SWPP delivery partners across Canada. Magnet’s Outcome Campus Connect tool can connect you to an alternative delivery partner based on your industry and the availability of funding.

Delivery Partners

Magnet is one of several partners across Canada who represent various industries. Magnet’s Outcome Campus Connect tool will connect eligible employers to an appropriate delivery partner based on availability of funding and industry, and direct you to the relevant application process. Outcome Campus Connect can be used to apply for subsidies from the following delivery partners:

Key Terms

Employer Application