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Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

To qualify for funding from SWPP, you may hire only a student who is one of:

  • Canadian citizen
  • permanent resident
  • person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment.

See details below about each funding partner's requirements and application procedures.

  • Employers need to increase the number of co-op students they hire to be eligible for funding.
  • Wage subsidies will provide from 50 to 70% of the salary, or from $5,000 to $7,000 per student. 

Research Grants and Funding

Tax Credits and Incentives

Ontario Co-op Education Tax Credit

Businesses that hire Laurier Co-op students may be eligible to receive a tax credit. The Ontario government’s Co-operative Education Tax Credit will reimburse a business for 25% to 30% of eligible costs, up to $3,000 per co-op student. For more information about the tax credit, please refer to the general guidelines on the co-operative education tax credit (also available as a pdf).

Please note that all co-op programs at Laurier except Arts Co-op and Science Co-op are eligible for the tax credit.

The Canada Revenue Agency administers the tax credit on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Revenue. For general tax enquiries regarding this tax credit, taxpayers may telephone Canada Revenue Agency at 1.800.959.5525.

At the end of the co-op work term, we will send you a letter to use as a tax receipt when claiming the tax credit.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Government of Canada offers a wage subsidy each summer through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

In 2021, in response to the pandemic, funded public and private sector employers were eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 75% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. (Under regular rules, private and public sector employers are only eligible to receive up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum wage.)

The deadline for employers to apply for funding is usually late January or early February.