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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.



SWPP Partner: 
MaRS Discovery District

Program: MaRS Student Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) 

Organizations in Canada looking to hire within biotechnology or information and communication technology. 

Who Qualifies

To be eligible for the program, your organization must meet the following requirements:

  • Your opportunities are in the fields of technology and business
  • Your selected student has never been an employee of your organization
  • You will employ the student for a minimum 12-week, full-time work opportunity

To foster a diverse and inclusive workplace, we’ll be focusing on attracting students of all ages from underrepresented groups, including female STEM students, students with disabilities, recent immigrants, Indigenous youth and first-year students.

Scaling ventures and corporations are encouraged to hire students through the Student Work Placement program. If interested, your organization must offer a minimum 12-week placement and hire students that have never been employees of your organization.

Requirements for Students:

To qualify for the program, students must be:

  • Enrolled in full-time studies with an eligible Canadian post-secondary education institution;
  • Studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business;
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protected has been conferred; and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Wage Subsidies:

Eligible employers are entitled to receive a wage subsidy of up to 50 per cent of wage cost for the placement (to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 per cent (to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented groups, including first-year students, women in STEM, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers.

Does the employer need to have a candidate before hiring?


How to apply:

If you’re interested in hiring a student, please contact us (talentdevelopment@marsdd.com) or download our employer guide:

Additional Information:

Contact MaRS Discovery District for information about deadlines at  talentdevelopment@marsdd.com. For more details on MaRS's Student Work Placement Program visit: https://talentdevelopment.marsdd.com/student-work-placement-program/


  • Kitty Runstedler - Conestoga College (C)

2018 Webinar: MaRS Discovery District