SWPP Partner: 
Information and Communications Technology Council

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

ICTC’s WIL Digital is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their business by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students into meaningful work-integrated learning opportunities.  ICTC’s WIL Digital wage subsidy program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program and is available for employers hiring an eligible student as an employee in a position within the digital economy, including but not limited to business development, digital marketing or technical sales. 

AVAILABILITY: Contact ICTC for updated availability


PRE-APPROVAL PROCESS: A pre-approval process for employers that have not yet identified their future students is available.  To find our more, please contact our team at wil_digital@ictc-ctic.ca with “Request for Preapproval” as a subject line.

SWPP Program: WIL Digital Program

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) program focuses on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is one of the partners that delivers the program, working with employers and PSE institutions to place students into positions / companies within targeted emerging tech sectors. Under WIL Digital Program, employers registered in Canada offering quality work-integrated learning placements to STEM or Business PSE students are eligible to receive wage subsidies through ICTC.

For more information please connect with WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca.

Info Sheet (English)

Info Sheet (French)

Who Qualifies:

Canadian employers working in one of the following emerging sectors or offering a position that directly works with one of the following emerging technologies: Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Intelligent Retail, or Big Data, Clean Tech, Connected transportation, Entertainment and Gaming, e-Health and providing a paid work integrated learning (WIL) experience to a post-secondary student studying full-time in science, technology, engineering, math or business in Canada are eligible to apply to receive a subsidy up to 50% of wages or up to 70% of wages (capped at either $5000 or $7000 or at the end of 4 months).

Employer must:

  • Be a registered business in Canada.
  • Work with Emerging Sectors / technologies, as listed above.
  • Provide a safe workplace and general liability insurance.
  • Hire for Net-New positions
  • Hire the student as an employee on your payroll

To learn more or apply, check out the ICTC’s WIL Digital webpage

Requirements for Students:

  • Be registered full-time or part-time in an Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or Business Program within publicly funded Canadian post-secondary institution, regardless of age
  • Have Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident or Refugee Status
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Provide proof of Enrollment/ registration
  • Provide proof of Citizenship / Residency

More information for students click here

Wage Subsidies:

  • 50% of the salaries paid to a student up to $5,000 


  • 70% of the salaries paid up to $7,000 for the following under-represented groups: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Indigenous students, Recent immigrants, Students with disabilities and First-year students.

Does the employer need to have a candidate before hiring?

Yes – The student needs to be selected before the application can be fully approved, but an employer can start their application and save their progress at any time.

If there are questions on company, position or student eligibility, please reach out to our team at WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca.

How to apply:

Click here to learn more or apply  

Additional Information:

Application Tool and Webpage


  • Michael Andich - George Brown College (C)

2019 Webinar: ICTC’S WIL Digital Program


ICTC hosted a webinar on December 4, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET. The webinar has been recorded and posted here for anyone who was not able to attend (slides) See below for French version

Webinaire: Conseil des technologies de l’information et des communications (CTIC)

Slides (FR)

2018 Webinar: Information and Communications Technology Council

2017 Webinar: Information and Communications Technology Council

Click here to view the presentation slides.