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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.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Government funding opportunities administered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures

For employers within the electrical power sector.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups)

Eligibility

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
  • Firms engaged in supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R and D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities.

How to Apply

To qualify for the program, the company must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the economic sector represented by:

  1. Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above.
  2. Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with a brief company description, and a description of the intended participant’s co-op position.
  3. Have candidate complete the 2018-2021 Participant Information Form.
  4. If you already have a participant in mind, please include the participant information form, participant’s resume and a copy of the participant’s proof of post-secondary enrolment, if available. (if submitting electronically, please do not include the participant’s date of birth and Social Insurance Number).
  5. The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days.

No candidate needed at the time of application. Employers can be pre-approved for funding for 30 days.

Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) – Career Ready Program

For employers within the information and communications technology sector or have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada looking for employees with skills in the field of Information and Communications Technology. Positions you are hiring for can fall under the following categories:

  • Business Technology Management
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Computer Engineering.

How to Apply

Complete the online Employer Eligibility Assessment and submit it with the necessary documentation.

To access the application portal, please visit ITAC's website.

Employers must have a candidate before applying.

Information and Communication Technology Council – WIL Digital Subsidy

For employers within the technology sector or have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements include:

  • a registered business in Canada
  • Company must be in the following sectors: intelligent retail, fintech, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, connected transportation, e-health, cybersecurity, big data, or clean tech
  • must offer a quality full-time position to a student
  • must have insurance
  • must be compliant with Human Rights and Labor legislation, regulations, and laws.
  • must create a net new student position

How to Apply

Visit ICTC's WIL Digital Program site to create an account to apply.

Employers must have a candidate before applying.

Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation

For employers within the aerospace and Aviation industry.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada working in the aerospace and aviation industry (cannot be a research position in a school lab).

How to Apply

Complete and submit the employer application online: Employer Information Form – Student Work Integrated Learning Program.

Employers must have a candidate before applying.

Environmental Careers Organization (Eco) of Canada

For employers within the environmental sector or related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 per student (50% wage subsidies).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada working in the environmental sector and are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). 

How to Apply

Complete the form for employers on ECO Canada Wage Subsidy Program page.

Biotalent Canada

For employers within the biotechnology industry or have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada looking to hire for roles related to biotechnology.

Please visit Biotalent Canada's website for full eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Through their website, download and fill out the "SWPP Employer Application Package".

Employers must have a candidate before applying. Employers must hire the student first and once a candidate is identified they will apply for funding however the candidate cannot start their co-op until approval has been granted. It can take up to 10 business days to process an application.

Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) – Gearing Up

For employers within the mining sector or have related projects.

Amount

Up to $5,000 – $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Organizations in Canada (small and large companies/post-secondary institutions/non-profit organizations) working in the mining or mineral exploration sectors are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Organizations must fill out and submit the Gearing Up Application Form to gearingup@mihr.ca. Applicants will know within 24 hours if their organization has been approved. Once approved, your organization will:

  1. Find a candidate.
  2. Notify MiHR of your candidate and they will email the necessary documents for funding.

More information can be found on the Gearing Up applicant guide or on their Gearing Up Program page.

No candidate needed at the time of application.

Venture for Canada – Internship Program

For start-ups or related entrepreneurial projects and innovation in Atlantic Canada.

Amount

Up to $5,000 - $7,000 per student (50-70% wage subsidies; up to $7,000 is specifically available for first-year co-op students and under-represented groups).

Eligibility

Employers must be:

  1. Small to medium sized business (2 to 500 employees).
  2. Based in Atlantic Canada.
  3. Offer standard placement (five days a week, 7.5 hours a day for 14-16 weeks focused on innovation.

Employers can be from a wide range of industries from agriculture to robotics and anything in between!

How to Apply

To join this program and access this funding, complete the application form on the Venture for Canada website.

No candidate needed at the time of application.

Research Grants and Funding

Industrial Research Assistance Program

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program is regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. It provides necessary funding for small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

Amount

Covers a portion of intern salary; contact.

Eligibility

This program is great for any organizations looking to hire young talent to assist and work on projects related to research and development, engineering, multimedia/market analysis components, or to help develop a new product/process.

  • Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada.
  • Must be a small or medium-sized business (500 or less full-time employees).
  • Must be ready to enhance your innovation capacity and willing to partner with NRC IRAP.

The candidate's internship must last a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months, and the candidate must be:

  • 15 to 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • a post-secondary graduate
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or person granted refugee status in Canada
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • a first-time participant in a Youth Employment Strategy work experience program targeted at post-secondary graduates

Please visit the Government of Canada website for full eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

To access this program, take the following steps:

  • Talk to the NRC IRAP team. Call them toll-free at 1.877.994.4727. They will ask you some questions about your business to determine if you are eligible, including your business objectives and your capacity and willingness to grow through innovation.
  • Discuss your needs with one of the NRC industrial technology advisors. If they determine your development and growth strategies could benefit from NRC IRAP support, they will refer you to an industrial technology advisor (ITA). The ITA may want to meet with you in person to understand your business in more detail — such as your strategy, the issues you're facing, the opportunities you see for growth and your plans for the future — to determine if our youth employment program is right for you.
  • Develop a project proposal. The ITA will work with you to develop a project proposal for submission to NRC IRAP.
  • Find a youth candidate. Your ITA can connect you with networks to help you find candidates.

You will hear back from NRC IRAP within two weeks whether or not your project was approved. Once approved, you will need to submit monthly reimbursement claims to NRC IRAP.

Please visit the Government of Canada website for full details.

MITACS Accelerate Program

Amount

Employer will contribute $7,500 per four- to six-month unit, which receives a $15,000 research award.

For six or more units with three or more interns, you have the option to contribute $6,000 per project unit, which receives a $13,300 research award.

Eligibility

This program is great for any organizations looking to hire for their research and development projects. Eligibility include:

  • Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada.
  • For-profit businesses operating outside Canada.
  • Not-for-profit corporation eligibility and project economic orientation must be assessed prior to proposal submission.
  • Available for all sectors.
  • Must hire full-time students at all Canadian colleges and full-time grad students at all Canadian universities for the internships.

Please visit the Mitacs website for full eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Contact a Mitacs representative to discuss your research needs. They can identify potential academic collaborators, help refine research objectives, and assist you with your proposal.

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