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Funding Supports for Employers

There are a number of funding supports available to employers who may be considering hiring an Assiniboine student. The resources below are not administered by Assiniboine Community College and are subject to change with no notice.

Please feel welcome to contact Jennalee Burch, Coordinator of Cooperative Education, with any further questions or ideas at 204.725-8700 ext 6679 or by email burchj@assiniboine.net.

Paid Work Experience Tax Credits-Manitoba

The new stream of support for co-op students provides a refundable tax credit worth 25% of eligible wages and salaries, up to a lifetime maximum of $5,000 per student.

Research and Development Tax Credit-Federal

The Government of Canada provides tax incentives to encourage Canadian companies of all sizes and in all industry sectors to conduct scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED). These tax incentives come in three forms: an income tax deduction, an investment tax credit (ITC), and, in certain circumstances, a refund. The federal Income Tax Act permits a 100% deduction of SR&ED qualified expenditures from income.

Manitoba Research and Development Tax Credit

The tax credit rate is 15% for eligible expenditures made after April 11, 2017. The credit is refundable for eligible expenditures incurred after 2009 by a corporation with a permanent establishment in Manitoba and where the research and experimental development is carried on in Manitoba under an eligible contract with a qualifying research institute.

Canada-Manitoba Job Grant

New program information will be available in spring of 2020.

Eligible employers may apply for up to $10,000 for each individual worker to assist with training costs. Employers that receive funding under the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant must contribute a minimum of one-third of the eligible training costs. With the maximum government contribution of $10,000, this means that up to $15,000 is available, per person, for eligible training costs.

Canada Summer Jobs

The program 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 to 30 years.

First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program

Includes plans to offer wage subsidies to private sector and non-profit employers so they may hire eligible First Nations and Inuit youth. Will help First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students obtain summer employment and prepare for entry into the labour market


Mitacs powers research & development by connecting industry with the best post-secondary institutions to solve business challenges. For 20 years, Mitacs has funded cutting-edge research, created job opportunities for graduate students and helped companies reach their business goals, achieving results that have bolstered the Canadian economy. Mitacs is the platform to allow you to reach your goals, whether they’re commercializing your projects or developing innovative products. We provide funding for projects-up to 55%-and connect highly trained researchers with the businesses that need them and help guide you through the process.

Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. Employment and Social Development Canada works with Employer Delivery Partners. Provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements.

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program provides wage subsidies to eligible employers to hire university, college and polytechnic graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Up to $15,000 in funding is available to employers for internships in the environmental and clean technology sectors. Internship opportunities lasting 6 to 12 months provide youth hands-on experience working on environmental projects.

Youth Employment Placement Program-Eco Canada

The Youth Employment Placement Program offered through Eco Canada provides a wage subsidy for up to 50% salary and funding for professional development. If you work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or Natural Resources there are two streams of funding for 6 to 12 month positions:

Young Canada Works In Both Official Languages (Employers)

Employers may benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Positions last from six to 16 weeks and students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work. Employers must be conducting activities in both official languages.

WorkStart: Work Experience Program

WorkStart is a unique work experience program that taps the skills of newcomer youth, professionals and provides up to 8 weeks of paid work experience at no financial cost to the employer. For more information, contact: 204.944.8833 ext 173 or email workstart@manitobastart.com