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There are many facets to techNL’s approach that address short, medium, and long-term goals to fuel the talent pipeline in the NL technology and innovation sector. Here are some resources to help build a more robust and diverse skilled talent population in the province.
The Information and Communications Technology Council’s WIL Digital is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. WIL Digital is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP). Subsidies are paid to employers who bring on students for a meaningful WIL opportunity. WIL Digital provides: 50% of the student’s salary, up to $5,000; or 70% of the student’s salary, up to $7,000, if the student falls within one of the following under-represented groups: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Indigenous students, Newcomers (immigrants who immigrated within the last 5 years), students with disabilities, visible minorities and first-year students.
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We have been using a MITACS program specific to MUN Business Co-op students that funds 75% ($7500) and we fund 25% (2500) to get a full-time 4-month co-op student. This program is not advertised on their website as it is associated with COVID-19.
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Another program is also offered:
Elevate – Solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from MITACS. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need — the organization’s financial contribution starts at $7,500 and MITACS matches $7500.
MITACS is also available through College of the North Atlantic Co-Operative Education Office.
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Co-operative Education Work Placement Assistance Program (CEWPAP). This initiative has been made possible by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Immigration, Skills, and Labour and is administered by Student Life (Career Development) at Memorial University and the Co-op Office at the College of the North Atlantic under Covid-19 Co-op Wage Subsidy Funding Program. CEWPAP will fund 75% of the co-operative education student’s overall hourly salary up to a maximum of $8,000. It is important to note that the subsidy does not cover expenses related to mandatory employment contribution expenses (MERC) such as E.I., C.P.P., vacation pay, and workers’ compensation.
Memorial University: https://www.mun.ca/coop/employers/funding/CEWPAP_Application_updated.pdf
College of the North Atlantic:
Small Enterprise Co-operative Placement Assistance Program. This initiative has been made possible by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Advanced Education and Skills (formerly called Human Resources Labour and Employment). CNA Co-Op Office and Student Life (Career Development) work in partnerships to administer this program throughout Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). SECPAP will fund 50% of the co-operative education student’s overall hourly salary up to a maximum of $6.25/hr. It is important to note that the SECPAP subsidy does not cover expenses related to mandatory employment contribution expenses (MERC) such as E.I., C.P.P., vacation pay, and workers’ compensation.
College of the North Atlantic:
Not co-op support but an opportunity for companies to get short term student labour to work on a specific project. The student is paid and the work is 100% funded by the federal government. Flexible Remote Projects 80-hour projects performed over 2-8 weeks. Students can work independently or in a group of their choosing to tackle a business’ challenges. Funded by the Government of Canada, employers of any size have the opportunity to work with talented, bright students. Students are compensated directly through RIIPEN.
Memorial University’s Centre for Social Enterprise places motivated and talented Memorial students with social enterprises in Newfoundland and Labrador where they will assist on social enterprise-related projects. The Centre is able to provide a limited amount of subsidies to support these placements.
The employer is responsible for administering the wage to the student upfront. Once students have been paid, and supporting documentation received, the CSE will process a direct payment for reimbursement. Currently, CSE will cover the rate of $16.35/hour for undergraduate students and $22.46/hour for graduate students. Hours of work will depend on student status: undergraduates can work up to 19 hours per week and graduate students can work up to 24 hours per week (20 for international students).
More information can be found here: https://www.mun.ca/social-enterprise/community-engagement/wage-subsidy-program/
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