SWPP Partner: 
Information and Communications Technology Council

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 enrolled full-time at a PSE
  • Be a student in STEM / Business
  • Have Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident or Refugee Status
  • Be legally entitled to work
  • Provide proof of Enrollment
  • Provide proof of Citizenship / Residency

More information for students click here.

Wage Subsidies:

The employer is eligible to receive up to 50% of wages capped at $5,000 or at the end of four months.
or up to 70% of wages capped at $7,000 or at the end of four months for the following under-represented students:

  • women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),
  • Indigenous students,
  • Recent immigrants (last 5 years),
  • Persons 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 full approved but an employer can start their application and save their progress at any time. Also, if there are questions on company, position or student eligibility, please reach out to us at WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca. You can also request our quick eligibility checklist as a reference tool.   

How to apply:

To learn more or apply visit: https://www.etalentcanada.ca/work-integrated-learning-program-wil-digital-employers/

Additional Information:

Application Tool and Webpage


  • Julie Walchli - University of British Columbia (U)
  • 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.

2018 Webinar: Information and Communications Technology Council

2017 Webinar: Information and Communications Technology Council

Click here to view the presentation slides.