Grants and wage subsidies

Employers can offset labour costs by taking advantage of subsidies for students and recent graduates. Job opportunities with companies can help students build their experience and enhance their learning.

  • Alberta Innovates: Funding opportunities to support health research and innovation activities. 
  • Canada-Alberta Job Grant: Alberta provincial government funding to help Alberta-based employers invest in training initiatives supporting workforce development. 
  • TECTERRA Funding for small businesses: Funding available for Alberta-based geomatics companies. Receive up to 50% of the new hire’s salary. 
  • Student Work Placement program: Grants ranging from $5,000 to $7,000 available per student hire. Employers that create new opportunities for students in STEM and business may be eligible for this wage subsidy. Details of wage subsidies and a list of Employer Delivery Partners can be found here. Companies are not required to be a member of the organization to take advantage of this program. 
  • Canada Summer Jobs: Provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15–30 years. 
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program Youth Employment Program: Receive wage subsidies for providing innovation-related work experience to youths. Companies must employ 500 or fewer people. 
  • International Youth Internship Program: Helps Canadian post-secondary graduates between 19–30 get experience overseas. Multi-year funding is available for organizations with partners in development countries. Companies must offer opportunities of six months or longer. 
  • Science Horizons Youth Internship Program: Wage subsidies are available for eligible employers across Canada to hire recent university, college and polytechnic graduates for internships in environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors. 
  • Science and Technology Internship Program: Funding is available to eligible employers across Canada to hire and mentor youth in the natural resources sector, including in energy, forest, mining, earth science and clean technology. 
  • Young Canada Works: Offering eligible employers wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Subsidies to employers enable the creation of approximately 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages. This program is delivered through two components: 
    • Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages: This program lasts between 6 and 16 weeks and supports organizations in Canada which conduct activities in both official languages.  
    • Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage: This is an internship program for eligible employers that may benefit from wage subsidies and access a pool of college and university graduates with innovative ideas and competitive skills. There are four types of internships: 
      • Internships in Canada: work of museums, archives, libraries or organizations managing heritage sites; conservation science and arts administrator or an arts practice project. Internships in Canada last from 4 to 12 consecutive months and may be full or part-time. 
      • International museology internships: lasts a minimum of six consecutive months. Interns work 30–40 hours per week. 

Federal support

The Government of Canada offers many opportunities to offset your labour costs for hiring students. Through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), you employers can be eligible for funding when you hiringe an Indigenous student or support Indigenous initiatives. 

First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES): provides funding to employers that are assisting First Nations and Inuit youth, aged 15–-30, build employable skills and overcome barriers to employment. This can include co-op, internship, mentored work placements or other career promotion activities. 

  • First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program 
  • First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program 

Provincial support 

Government of Alberta  –- Indigenous Employment Training Partnership Program 

  • Aboriginal Training to Employment Program (ATEP)
  • First Nations Training to Employment Program (FNTEP)