Grants for Employers, Hiring Support & Job Boards

Grants for Employers

Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Magnet Student Work Placement program 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.

SWPP allows employers to access up to $7,000 in wage subsidies when they hire Canadian post-secondary students for work-integrated learning (WIL) placements.

COVID-related eligibility changes to SWPP:

  • Employers will have the flexibility to postpone placement start dates to avoid rescinding placements.
  • Employers will be able to apply for funding before they finalize their selection of students to hire.
  • Small and medium sized employers (who have fewer than 500 employees) and non-profit organizations will be able to use wage subsidies up-front when there is an operational cash flow need.
  • Students will be able to work from home.
  • Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges and polytechnics) will be able to be the employer of record to offer meaningful placements to students.

Learn more here.

Mitacs Business Strategy Internship

The DeGroote School of Business has launched a new program that matches SMEs and non-profits up with DeGroote student interns for a 4-month project focused on post-COVID-19 recovery.

The students would undertake strategic projects related to areas of business, i.e.: marketing, operations management, supply chain logistics, human resources management etc.

DeGroote and its research partner, Mitacs, would cover 75% of the $10,000 cost of hiring each student. Eligible employers would only pay $2,500.

Get the details here.

To learn more about Mitacs, click here.

Job Boards and Training Resources

Fedcap Inc.
Fedcap Inc., has been selected to help people in Hamilton-Niagara catchment area on their journey towards sustainable employment. Fedcap Inc. is set to oversee the delivery of the Government of Ontario’s new, more locally-responsive, employment services as of April 1, 2020.

The new employment services system, funded by the Government of Ontario, will be focused on providing tailored support for those seeking  sustainable work. To do so effectively, Fedcap Inc. and its network of accomplished service providers are poised to align our programs to meet the needs of local employers.

For more information visit their website – or if you have jobs to post, contact Grant Collins at

Industry Education Council of Hamilton
High School students are experiencing a major disruption to their education due to COVID-19, as you are also dealing with new challenges for your business.

The IEC of Hamilton would like to help you and the students. If your business can use a ‘virtual worker’, please consider a virtual co-op student over the summer. This situation might also be the case for Semester 1 this Fall 2020.

The IEC will coordinate the logistics on your behalf with the school boards. Please let us know if you are interested. We can answer any questions or concerns before you actually commit. Contact us at:  

Job Bank
Job Bank is Canada’s national employment service in cooperation with Ontario and other provincial and territorial governments. It helps Canadians to find work and plan their careers and makes it easier for employers to recruit and hire across the country.

Employment Ontario
Employment Ontario can help you get training, build skills or find a job. Employment Ontario will also help employers train their staff and find the talent they need.

Ontario Workforce Planning Boards
Workforce planning boards gather intelligence about the supply and demand of local labour markets by working with employers to identify and meet their current and emerging skills needs. Learn more about the 24 Workforce Planning Areas across Ontario.

Connect with prospective employees and profile your company on the Industry Education Council’s (IEC) EdgeFactor. This us your organization’s voice into the community, promoting your business and careers. Get started today!

Employer Training

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) is a government-funded program that helps employers offset the cost of staff training. With up to $10,000 per trainee available, COJG is a great way to invest in your company and your workforce. For more information or to apply, visit

For questions or assistance with your application, VPI Working Solutions offers a dedicated COJG team to help guide you through the process.  Contact us for support: 1-888-336-9500 ext. 6 |