Funding for Employers

Nova Scotia Funding Programs

Co-operative Education Incentive
This program assists private sector, government-funded, and non-profit organizations hire co-op students during fall, winter, and summer terms. There is a wage subsidy of $7.50/hour of a required minimum hourly wage of $15.00. There is an additional incentive to employers who hire a co-op student who identifies as one of the following diversity groups: African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq or Indigenous, as racially visible or a person with a disability, a woman in an under-represented occupation or an international student. The “Diversity Bonus” amounts to an additional $1.50/hour, for a total per-hour subsidy of $9.00.

Student Summer Skills – Co-op Stream
This program assists non-profit organizations hire co-op students for the summer. There is a wage subsidy of $8.85/hour of a minimum hourly wage of $12.00. There is an additional incentive to employers who hire a co-op student who identifies as one of the following diversity groups: African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq or Indigenous, as racially visible or a person with a disability, a woman in an under-represented occupation or an international student. The “Diversity Bonus” amounts to an additional $1.00/hour, for a total per-hour subsidy of $9.85.

Student Summer Skills – Regular Stream
This program assists non-profit organizations hire co-op students for the summer. There is a wage subsidy of $8.85/hour. Students must be paid minimum wage or more. There is an additional incentive to employers who hire a co-op student who identifies as one of the following diversity groups: African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq or Indigenous, as racially visible or a person with a disability, a woman in an under-represented occupation or an international student. The “Diversity Bonus” amounts to an additional $1.00/hour, for a total per-hour subsidy of $9.85.

Nova Scotia Energy Training Program
This program assists small to medium-sized private sector organizations hire co-op students for the summer. Only organizations involved in the energy sector are eligible. There is a 50% wage subsidy, to a maximum of $7.50/hour. 

Federal Funding Programs

Until March 2021, the federal programs listed below ending with Magnet, in response to COVID-19, have waived the 'net new' requirement, offer 75% wage subsidies to a maximum of $7500 per work term and are open to post-secondary institution applicants.

ICTC - WIL Digital
This program assists private sector organizations that hire Co-op students within the Digital Economy for fall, winter, and summer terms. Any roles with a digital component may qualify - contact Tim Perron at t.perron@ictc-ctic.ca or Acadia Co-op staff to discuss whether your role would qualify. Government and post-secondary institutions are not eligible. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a maximum of $5,000 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000, if hiring students from under-represented groups. It must be a 'net-new' placement.

BioTalent Canada
This program assists all bio-economy organizations, except federal government and post-secondary institutions, hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. Other organizations may be eligible if the co-op position has a biotechnology focus. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a maximum of $5,000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups. It must be a 'net-new' placement. 

ECO Canada
This program assists private sector businesses, non-federal research institutions, and non-profit organizations hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. Post-secondary institutions may be eligible. Co-op positions must have a 50% tie to the environment. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a maximum of $5,000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups. It must be a 'net-new' placement.

Venture for Canada
This program assists small to medium-sized organizations and non-profit organizations in Atlantic and Western Canada hire co-op students during fall, winter, and summer terms. All industries are welcome as long as the position involves innovation or new initiatives. Government and post-secondary institutions are not eligible. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a maximum of $5,000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups. The required minimum hourly wage is $15.00.

Green Spaces
This program assists private sector, government (excluding federal), post-secondary, and non-profit organizations with a focus on sustainability, hire co-op students during fall, winter, and summer terms. There is a wage subsidy of 50% up to a maximum hourly wage of $17.11. 

ITAC - Career Ready Program
This program assists private sector and non-profit organizations within the areas of Business Technology Management, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Computer Systems Technology, hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. Government and post-secondary institutions are not eligible. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a maximum of $5,000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups. It must be a 'net-new' placement.

Magnet
This program assists private sector and non-profit organizations hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. Government and post-secondary institutions are not eligible. All industries are welcome to apply. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a maximum of $5,000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups. It must be a 'net new' placement.

MITACS – Accelerate
This program assists public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations in Canada as well as for-profit businesses operating outside of Canada, hire co-op students to engage in research. Students are required to be at the Maters level and spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner and the remainder spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. There is a wage subsidy of $7,500.00 which is 50% of the student wage over a period of four months.

NSERC Alliance Grant Program
This program assists university researchers and innovative organizations partner on projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem. Co-op students can be hired to work on this research. 

Canada Summer Jobs
This program assists public sector, small businesses, and non-profit organizations hire co-op students for the summer. There is a wage subsidy of 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for public and private sector employers. Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
This program assists non-profit organizations with a heritage mandate, educational or cultural institution with distinct objectives related to heritage, and Aboriginal governing bodies and organizations hire co-op students for the summer.  There is a wage subsidy of up to 75% of the student’s employment costs to a maximum of $8,000.00.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages
This program assists public sector, private sector, municipality, and non-profit organizations conducting activities in both official languages hire co-op students for the summer. There is a wage subsidy of up to 50% of the student's employment costs for private and public sector organizations and up to 70% of the student's employment costs for non-profit organizations. 

NB & PE Funding Programs

Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) Program - NB
This program assists private sector employers, municipalities, non-profit organizations, and First Nation communities in New Brunswick hire co-op students for the summer. Students must be residents of NB. A wage subsidy is provided upfront and varies depending on organizational type.

Jobs for Youth Program - PE
This program assists private and public sector, incorporated municipalities, and non-profit organizations hire co-op students for the summer. Full or partial wage subsidy is available.

SkillsPEI Post Secondary Program - PE
This program assists private, non-profit, and public sector organizations operating on PEI hire co-op students for the summer. Students mist be residents of PEI. Partial wage subsidy is available.