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News > News Release: Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) Releases Recommendations for Budget 2018

News Release: Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) Releases Recommendations for Budget 2018

posted on September 21, 2017

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. In particular, 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. Through the SWILP program, more employers will benefit from the skills, ideas, and fresh perspectives of Canada’s youth, and more post-secondary students will benefit from practical work experience, earn funds to support their education, and develop skills to help them integrate more effectively into the workplace upon graduation.   

CAFCE has recently submitted recommendations for Budget 2018 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. CAFCE recommends that the government expand SWILP in four areas in order increase the long-term impact of the program and to extend access to more students:

  • Expand the program to students in all disciplines including those in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Expand the program to public sector industries, particularly health care where work-integrated learning opportunities for students are often unpaid.
  • Extend SWILP eligibility to international students.
  • Provide grants for student startups created as part of a work-integrated learning program.

CAFCE also recommends some activities for the SWILP partnership funds in order to increase access for under-represented populations and to better understand the impact of work-integrated learning programs at a national level. Specifically, CAFCE recommends that the government:

  • Fund the creation of a national database to collect statistical data on WIL opportunities.
  • Develop a research grant program to advance our understanding of the impact of work-integrated learning on Canada’s productivity and competitiveness.
  • Dedicate SWILP partnership funds for the development of resources and scaffolded WIL programming to help prepare under-represented students for full-time, 16 week work-integrated learning opportunities.

For more information or to read the complete proposal, see the full submission 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.