Last Updated: April 8, 2020
During these times of uncertainty, we want to strive to support BC companies to find ways to keep students on board, maintain successful co-op placements, and qualify for our BC Tech Co-op Grants Program. We’ve outlined some updates to our BC Tech Co-op Grants Program along with a list of additional opportunities that might benefit local businesses, in case you would like to share this with companies and students.
In line with adaptations made by co-op departments, the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program is open to flexible working conditions (i.e. remote work) and placements of less than 16 weeks. Companies can qualify for the grant as long as they are in line with the requirements of the co-op departments. If any of the program requirements are barriers to hiring or retaining students during this time, we are open to making adjustments, if necessary, on a case by case basis.
Grant Stacking Opportunities
Below is a list of Canadian hiring programs that have confirmed that companies can stack our grants with theirs such that the total grant amount may cover 100% of the student’s salary. Please be reminded that the combined value of grants cannot exceed the student’s salary.
- Career Ready Program/Venture for Canada Internship Program/WIL Digital: Earn up to $5,000 in wage subsidy per student per term. Hiring students from underrepresented groups can increase the amount to $7,000.
- Canada Summer Jobs Program: Not-for-profit, private and public sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee.
- Get Youth Working! Program: Offers employment counselling and up to $2,800 in wage subsidy to employers.
- The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: The Federal Government is offering a 75% wage subsidy to all businesses that have lost 30 per cent of their revenue.
We encourage companies to email us with additional information so we can explore ways to further support them. If you have any questions about the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program, please let us know.