Career Ready Program

Developing the next generation of tech talent

September 23, 2021 Special Update:

New measures have been implemented until April 2022 in an effort to provide additional supports to businesses and students during the pandemic;

  • The subsidy has increased to 75% coverage (maximum $7500) per student for all students
  • Applications which were approved prior to this change (up to May 1, 2021) will receive a top up to the new amount – no action required
  • The ‘Net New’ requirement is no longer an eligibility factor
  • Post-secondary institutions may receive funding as employers

As part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), TECHNATION’s wage subsidy program, Career Ready supports businesses by financing their decision to hire a student for a work-term placement. This in turn creates a rewarding opportunity for the student to apply their learning in real-world settings and puts them on a path to a bright career.

The program provides 50% (to a maximum of $5000.00) of a student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers.

An increased subsidy of 70% (to a maximum of $7000.00) is awarded to employers hiring students from under-represented groups:

  • Women studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM), or business
  • Indigenous students
  • Visible minorities
  • Recent immigrants (within 5 years)
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Students in their first year of study, or
  • Students on their first work-term (relevant to their field of study)

Placement Period Calendar

  • Fall 2021 Program (September 1 – December 31) – Closed
  • Winter 2022 Program (January 1 – April 30) – Accepting applications on a rolling basis
  • Summer 2022 Program (May 1 – September 30) – Unconfirmed


Am I eligible?

We accept applications from registered Canadian businesses and non-profits who can provide a meaningful, tech-focused work placement opportunity to a student. Check out our employer resources to learn more. Large financial sector employers are no longer eligible, as well as post-secondary institutions and municipalities.

Students must be registered in an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution and must work in a role that is tech immersive – although they aren’t required to be studying something in tech! Check out our student resources to learn more. Unfortunately, we can’t award this subsidy to international students at this time.

How much will it cost?

Hourly salary is up to the employer; the table below uses $16 per hour as an example.

The student’s hourly wage is set by the employer, abiding by enforced minimum wage requirements.  Students can be employed for full-time or part-time hours, and you can apply in consecutive placement periods!

Students must be employed as a fixed term employee and cannot be hired as a freelancer/consultant.

How long do I hire for?

Work terms typically last 12 – 16 weeks during one of three placement periods:

  • Winter (January – April)
  • Summer (May – August)
  • Fall (September – December)

Students can be employed full-time or part-time hours, and you can apply in consecutive placement periods! Students must be employed as a fixed term employee and cannot be hired as a freelancer/consultant.

What roles are eligible?

We support any tech-immersive roles across many different disciplines and functions, and you don’t need to be a tech company to promote tech skills development. Some common examples include:

  • Marketing: market research, industry analysis, digital marketing, branding, design, communications
  • Strategy: consulting, analysts, business development
  • Data & tech: data analysis, AI / machine learning, software development, IT support

Program Coordinators are available if you have any questions regarding eligible roles – check in this us by email.

How do I apply, and how long does it take?

We proudly offer a quick and easy 3 stage process at our online application portal. The first stage, applying, will take about 10-12 minutes to complete. You’ll receive your approval notification within just 5 – 10 business days. There are two simple follow-up stages. Click here to start your application today!

When are the deadlines?

We accept applications on a rolling basis and will update our site and applicants if funding becomes limited. Applications must be submitted before or during the placement period. For example, applications for Fall 2020 won’t be considered if received in January 2021.

Additional resources

Visit our employer/student pages for helpful resources like program guides and comprehensive application toolkits.


All general inquiries can be sent to or see below for our programming team.


Apply to earn up to $7,000 in wage subsidy per student.

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Employer Information & Resources

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Student Information & Resources

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Our Team

Heather McGilvary

Senior Program Coordinator - Prairies

Talusier LaSalle

Senior Program Coordinator - Quebec & Atlantic

Patricia Robb

Program Operations & Administration Manager

Rashim Katyal

Program Coordinator

Jacob Lolarga

Program Associate

Dave Jolicoeur

Program Administrator

Tim Sidock

Program Marketing & Development Manager

Brett Hotas

Senior Program Manager

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program