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 50% of the required minimum hourly wage of $15.00. 

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.

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 of a minimum hourly wage of $10.85.

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

BioTalent Canada
This program assists all organizations, except federal government, with a biotechnology focus hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a max of $5,000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups, for the creation of a new position. 

ECO Canada
This program assists private sector businesses, non-federal research institutions, provincial and municipal governments, and non-profit organizations, with a environmental focus, hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a max of $5000.00 for the creation of a new position.

ICTC - WIL Digital
This program assists private sector organizations within the information and communications technology sector focused on Intelligent Retailing, Advanced manufacturing, Fintech, Entertainment and gaming, Cybersecurity, Connected transportation, Biotechnology, e-Health and Cleantech, hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a max of $5000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups, for the creation of a new position.

ITAC - Career Ready Program
This program assists small to medium-sized 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. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a max of $5000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups, for the creation of a new position.

MARS Discovery District
This program assists organizations within the biotechnology or information and communications technology sector hire co-op students for fall, winter, and summer terms. There is a wage subsidy of 50% to a max of $5000.00 or 70% to a maximum of $7,000.00, if hiring students from under-represented groups, for the creation of a new position.

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/job and $50,000.00/employer.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages
This program assists public sector, private sector, municipality, and non-profit organizations 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. 

MITACS – Accelerate
This program assists public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations 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.

Youth Employment Strategy - Youth-Green
This program assists small to medium-sized businesses aligned with the green economy and producing an environmental benefit. 

NSERC Engage Grant Program
This program assists university researchers and innovative companies partner on projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem. With a $25,000.00 value, co-op students can be hired to work on this research. 

Venture for Canada
This program assists small to medium-sized organizations in Atlantic Canada hire co-op students during fall, winter, and summer terms. There is a wage subsidy of 50% or 70% of the required minimum hourly wage of $14.50. 

Green Spaces
This program assists Canadian 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. 

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.

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.

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.