Feds move to close skills gap

Work-integrated program offers incentives to hire students
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/13/2017
B.C. Grads
Graduates leave the congregation ceremony at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., in 2015. Credit: Mr. Nikon (Shutterstock)

Employers looking to hire post-secondary students now have an extra incentive to do so, thanks to a new federal program that launched in August.

The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program will provide eligible employers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and business sectors — including small and medium-sized businesses — with payroll subsidies of up to 50 per cent of the overall wage cost, at up to $5,000 per placement.

A slightly higher subsidy of $7,000 is available for employers that reach out to first-year students and under-represented groups such as women in traditionally male sectors, Indigenous students, and people with disabilities.