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

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. 

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, Big data, e-Health and Cleantech, 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.

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.