ICTC's New Wage Subsidy Program for Canadian Employers- WIL Digital

ICTC’s New Wage Subsidy Program for Canadian Employers: WIL Digital

ICTC's New Wage Subsidy Program for Canadian Employers- WIL DigitalBridging on ICTC’s success in facilitating connections between employers and students under our Ottawa-based program, CareerConnect, ICTC will be expanding upon this initiative, creating a new Canada-wide program that offers wage subsidy for employers who hire students from Canadian post-secondary institutions.

With the advent of rapidly-shaping technologies including artificial intelligence, 5G and Blockchain to name a few, the way we work, interact, and ultimately, the way we live is increasingly changing. As a result, workers with strong digital, business and entrepreneurial skills are more important than ever. According to ICTC’s recent outlook report, The Next Talent Wave: Navigating the Digital Shift – Outlook 2021, 216,000 new jobs requiring digitally trained professionals will need to be filled in Canada by 2021. One of the most crucial investments helping Canada reach this goal is based in equipping students with relevant skills that can meet current and future industry needs.

ICTC’s new initiative, The WIL to Succeed in Tomorrow’s Digital Job Market – Innovation Ready Grads (WIL DIGITAL) is a dynamic program that focuses on shaping Canada’s future workforce.

Applications are currently being accepted from employers across Canada, operating in any of the following emerging sectors:

  • Intelligent Retailing
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Fintech
  • Entertainment & Gaming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Connected Transportation
  • Biotechnology
  • e-Health
  • Clean Technology

Interested employers in the above-noted sectors*, willing to provide a paid work integrated learning (WIL) experience to a student from a Canadian post-secondary institution (maximum duration of 16 weeks) may be eligible to receive the following wage subsidies for their student intern:

  • Up to 50% of wages or up to $5,000, to provide a student with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurial/business skills;
  • Up to 70% of wages or up to $7,000, to provide a student with meaningful WIL opportunities that develop foundational and entrepreneurship/business skills for the following under-represented groups: a) women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); b) Indigenous students; c) recent immigrants (arrived in Canada during the last 5 years); d) persons with disabilities; and e) first-year students.

In order to be considered, prospective participants (students) must meet the following criteria:

  • Registered as a full-time student in a Canadian post-secondary institution, regardless of age.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residence, or be considered a protected person, as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada and in the respective province.
  • Must not be filling a position left vacant due to dispute, termination, layoff or other another occurrence that displaces another worker.

Interested Canadian employers from relevant sectors may submit an application to participate in this initiative by completing the Host Employer Application form.  Once submitted, ICTC will review the application and provide a response back to the employer within 2 weeks. Students may begin working immediately following application approval.


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