Student Work Placement (Co-op)

Matching Post-Secondary Students To The Right Employer

Post-Secondary Students are crucial for the Environmental Workforce to continue to grow into the future. ECO Canada’s Student Work Placement Program helps both students and employers find the right match and the support they need through wage assistance.  

This program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Program.

Program Status: Open For Students & Employers

Applications are now being accepted and reviewed for the April 1, 2024, start date. Matching will commence on April 15, 2024.

Funding Will Cover a 6 to 16 Week Full-time or Part Time Student Placements

About the Co-op Program

Working with institutions and employers across Canada to fund work placements for students to gain real-world experience in the environment while they are still in school. 

We provide 50% of a wage up to a maximum of $5,000 to eligible employers who hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business. 

How Does the Student Work Placement (Co-op) Program Work?

1. Apply Online

Fill out our online application.

2. Get Approved

Students and employers will be informed by email once they are pre-qualified to participate in the program.

3. Recruitment

Students and Employers are required to find their own placement, ECO Canada can offer helpful resources such as the Job Board (where hosts can post a job and candidates can submit their resume).

4. Get Paid

Funding is secured once a match is confirmed between the employer and a pre-approved student and contracts have been signed and returned to us within 15 days of being issued. 

5. Receive Funding 

This program offers eligible employers 50% wage coverage up to $5,000 of a student’s salary for a placement in a new full or part time 6 to 16 week position with a minimum of 180 hours. Both the employer and candidate must fill out reports throughout the placement for the employer to receive the wage subsidy.



You'll Have 50% Of A Student's Wages Covered Up To $5,000

Breakdown for Students

Breakdown for Employers

About ECO Canada

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As the steward for the Canadian Environmental workforce across all industries, ECO Canada offers employment programs that stimulate environmental career pathways, skill development, business growth, workforce support and workforce advancement through wage and training funding.

To date, we have distributed over $176M in wage and training subsidies and helped to fill 16,775 job placements!

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