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Co-op Program Directory

The Co-operative Education Directory is a comprehensive listing of the post-secondary co-operative education programs of member institutions in Canada.



Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

What is the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program?

The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program will provide post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and business more quality student work placements and improved partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions.

Agreements will be put in place with employer delivery partners, including recognized industry associations and organizations that represent the interests of businesses in key sectors in STEM and business.

These partners will be responsible for establishing partnerships with employers and PSE institutions and will provide eligible employers in STEM and business with wage subsidies for quality student work placements, up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for first-year students and under-represented groups, such as women in STEM, Indigenous students, people with disabilities and newcomers.

Employers, including small and medium-sized enterprises and PSE institutions, will work together to help students become job-ready and develop the full complement of skills employers are seeking.

Read more online here.

How is CAFCE involved?

CAFCE members have been connecting with the various industry associations to raise awareness of our association and the best practices of co-operative education. CAFCE members now sit on most of the individual association’s SWILP steering committees.  As CAFCE representatives, these members are focused on ensuring SWILP programs are developed in the best interests of all CAFCE member schools and that SWILP positions are made available to both college and university students and across regions.

We do expect there to be some bumps as the programs roll out.  We are working hard to iron these out as quickly as possible and to develop additional resources for CAFCE members.  We are working with ESDC to develop an FAQ on the complete SWILP program.  It will be available on the CAFCE website shortly. We are also planning a series of free webinars to be held the weeks of September 18 and 25.  Each webinar will be one hour long and will focus on one specific SWILP program. All industry associations have agreed to participate in these webinars.  Further information will follow shortly.

CAFCE is delighted that the Canadian Federal Government has acknowledged the importance of work-integrated learning through dedicated funding initiatives in Budget 2016 and Budget 2017. The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) administered through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has the potential to have significant impact on the Canadian labour market and employment outcomes for Canada’s new graduates. The board believes that SWILP has potential to be more than just a wage subsidy program and, instead, to drive real growth for work-integrated learning in Canada. By allocating funds, the board believes that Canadian employers will further benefit from the ideas and talents of Canada’s young people and more students will benefit from practical work experience while earning money to support their educational development. In support of this, CAFCE has made a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance requesting the expansion of SWILP in Budget 2018.  You can read the full proposal here.

CAFCE would be pleased to speak to or provide additional information on the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program related recommendations or other budgetary initiatives related to work-integrated learning. Please contact cafce@cafce.ca for further information.

 Who are the confirmed industry Partners? How do I reach out to them?

SWILP Partner

CAFCE Contacts

Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace

Elaine Fenner – elaine.fenner@senecacollege.ca
Lucie Gendron – Lucie.Gendron@uOttawa.ca 

BioTalent Canada

Norah McRae – nmcrae@uvic.ca
Lucie Gendron – Lucie.Genron@uOttawa.ca
Kirk Patterson – pkpatterson@uwaterloo.ca
David Hall – halld2@algonquincollege.com 

ECO Canada

Ross Johnston – rossjohn@uwaterloo.ca
Norah McRae – nmcrae@uvic.ca 


Anne Fannon – amfannon@uwaterloo.ca
Julie Walchli – julie.walchli@ubc.ca 


Shauna Tonsaker – tonsaker@sfu.ca
Kitty Runstedler – krunstedler@conestogac.on.ca 

Will there be an opportunity for CAFCE members to learn more about each industry partner?

Yes! CAFCE will be holding a series of webinars in the month of September, hosted by each industry association. ESDC will also be holding a webinar on SWILP. We have set up a page for each industry partner that houses more information. These webinars are free for CAFCE members to attend, however, we do ask that those attending do register in advance by clicking through to the pages below.


ESDC – Student Work Integrated Learning Program – 1:00 EDT - Monday, September 18
Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation – 1:00 EDT – Thursday, September 21
Information and Communications Technology Council  – 1:00 EDT – Tuesday, September 26
Information Technology Association of Canada – 1:00 EDT – Friday, September 29
ECO Canada - Date TBC