Work-Integrated Learning

Funding Opportunities  

There are a variety of wage subsidies and tax credits available to employers who hire WIL students. If you have any questions or concerns, email our team at

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

SWPP is a WIL funding opportunity from the Government of Canada. Employers may receive a wage subsidy of up to $7,000 (or up to 70 per cent of a student’s wage) per WIL student through SWPP’s employer delivery partners.

Apply through an employer delivery partner.

Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit

WIL programs designated as “co-op” qualify for the Co-operative Education Tax Credit through the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Employers are eligible to receive a tax credit of up to $3,000 for hiring a co-op student.

For more information on claiming your tax credit, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance web page. Please note: Seneca emails a tax credit letter to all employers who have hired a co-op student at the conclusion of the work term.


Business Funding

The Government of Canada is providing funding to businesses affected by COVID-19 through the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) programs. The Seneca Works team can help guide employers on the various programs.

Additional funding opportunities for employers include:

Mentor Works

Mentor Works is aimed at providing Canadian businesses with information and support about government funding opportunity programs.

Explore available Ontario funding programs for small businesses on the Mentor Works website. For information regarding COVID-19 government funding for Canadian businesses, visit the Mentor Works web page.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

BDC is a financial institution devoted to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs through financing and advisory services.


Critical Recruitment Dates (Winter 2021 Job Postings for Summer 2021 Opportunities)

Job board live to students Jan. 25
First date of job posting closures Feb. 7
First application bundles sent to employees Feb. 8
Earliest interview date Feb. 10

Frequently Asked Questions    

While the summer 2021 work term runs from May 17 to Aug. 18, there is flexibility with job start dates as long as students meet their minimum work hour requirements. An earlier start date can be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please confirm with your Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) co-ordinator.

Please confirm with your WIL co-ordinator if a job opportunity can have a start date later than May 17.

Students in paid positions have the option to work on site or remotely. However, those in unpaid positions may only work remotely. All employers are required to follow the latest COVID-19 directives from government and public health authorities.

We encourage employers to continue with virtual interviews. On-site job interviews can be considered depending on the circumstances. Please confirm with your WIL co-ordinator.

Employers will be asked to comply with the COVID-19 directives provided by government and public health authorities. Should this occur, Seneca will continue to support our employers and students.

Changes can be made to the terms of employment for paid positions only. Please confirm with your WIL co-ordinator prior to making any changes.

Please contact your WIL co-ordinator to initiate the process for changing work locations. The approval process to change a student from remote to on-site work can take between seven to 14 days. Please note, students in unpaid positions must work remotely at this time.

Yes, there a number of government-funded options to support the hiring of WIL students. Please refer to Funding Opportunities for more information.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your WIL co-ordinator or



How to Write a WIL Job Posting

Prepare a brief job description using our Job Posting Form, which includes the following:

  • A brief overview of your organization (one paragraph)
  • Job title
  • Job description including major responsibilities of the position
  • Minimum qualifications
  • Salary (students typically earn $16 to $24 per hour)
  • Any benefits that may be available, such as flex hours, gym access, etc.
  • Length of the WIL experience
  • Supervisor name and title
  • Your full address, including the location of the job if it is elsewhere                       

Submit Your Job Posting

To share your job posting, email a member of our team with either the completed Job Posting Form or your job description.

Please be sure to include your full contact and organization details.