SWPP Partner: 
Toronto Financial International

Program: ASPIRE 

Financial Services employers are looking for students with diverse skill sets from a variety of different backgrounds and fields of study - particularly science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. There’s much more to Financial Services than tellers and traders. For instance, employers are looking for computer science students to work in app development, criminology students for the fraud department, and physics students to join their data scientist teams.

 For more information please connect with aspire@tfi.ca

Who Qualifies: 

All students seeking WIL opportunities will benefit from participating in ASPIRE. ASPIRE gives students access to a range of work-integrated learning opportunities in Financial Services including summer internships, part-time jobs, and co-ops. We also organize on-campus events where students can interact with employers, participate in facilitated networking events and access business skills development opportunities.

Requirements for Students:

ASPIRE is a work-integrated learning initiative for students returning to school, rather than graduates, so that they can integrate and apply what they have learned in the workplace. While Financial Services employers continue to successfully attract business and finance students, we need to widen the talent pool available to them, to include skill sets that support their collective new identity as innovative technology firms who offer financial services. To this end, ASPIRE’s focus is on uncovering opportunity for full-time post-secondary students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Wage Subsidies:

Please note that wage subsidies are not part of ASPIRE; ASPIRE offers employers within the financial services sector access to STEM student attraction support, business skills training for current and future work-integrated learning students and more. Placements are 100% funded by employers.  Before an employer is able to share their co-op and internship opportunities with the ASPIRE student community they pledge to uphold employer guiding principles which includes a commitment to paying students a competitive market wage. ASPIRE is open to financial services sector employers in Canada, including retail banks, investment banks, pension plans, FinTechs, insurance firms, credit unions, hedge funds, investment managers and other organizations offering a financial service.

Does the employer need to have a candidate before hiring?

NA – wage subsidies are not part of ASPIRE.  

How to apply:

Students: https://www.aspirefs.ca/sign-up/

Additional Information:

In Oct 2018 we launched The ASPIRE Challenge, a brand-new innovation challenge designed to enable 2nd year undergraduate students to experience the innovation in financial services in a risk-free environment. All participants in the competition gain feedback on their innovative idea and their resume, and could win a place on the ‘Innovation and Industry Insights Weekend’, where they have a 1 in 3 chance of securing a paid summer 2019 internship in Financial Services! Deadline to apply is Sunday 2nd December 2018. 

The ASPIRE Challenge is open to all 2nd year undergraduate students, across the GTA. For more information visit www.ASPIREfs.ca/The-Challenge


  • Julia Zhu – Brock University (U)
  • Corey Latimer – Sheridan College (C)

2019 Webinar: TFI


TFI hosted a webinar on November 12, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM ET. The webinar included information on upcoming timelines and opportunities, including The ASPIRE Challenge, an innovation competition and alternative WIL for 2nd-year post-secondary students; and The ASPIRE Edge, an online simulated learning environment for students to build essential business skills. The one-hour session was delivered by ASPIRE's Director, Karla Badger-Brown, and moderated by CEWIL SWP Liaison, Cory Latimer. The webinar has been recorded and posted here for anyone who was not able to attend.

2018 Webinar: TFI

Venture for Canada: