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Connecting the Next Generation to
Advanced Manufacturing


The Government of Canada has extended the temporary relief measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for another year - until March 31, 2022.  

We currently are still accepting applications for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 terms. However, please note that due to the volume of applications for the WILWorks program, all WILWorks program funding has been allocated. Once your application/s have been submitted, they will be placed in the wait list queue in the event of any placement cancellations, or until additional funding is confirmed.

  • The “net new” placement criteria has been waived
  • Flexibility with start and end dates, as well as the duration of the placement(s).
  • Post-secondary education institutions are now eligible to serve as an employer and apply for the wage subsidy.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), via its WILWorks program, is a preferred partner for the Government of Canada to deliver the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) to Canada's manufacturing and related sectors (e.g. North American Industry Classification - NAICS codes 31-33). EMC is working in partnership with the SWPP team to achieve Canada's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Strategy, which is meant to drive systemic change in the skills development system by EMC working with post-secondary institution partners to effectively align 'work-ready' skills of students with the skills required by Canada's manufacturers.  

WILWorks will provide value to manufacturing employers by providing wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements, to students who identify as one of the following:

  • Women studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics),
  • First-year students,
  • Recent immigrants (within last 5 years),
  • Indigenous people
  • Visible Minorities, and
  • Persons with disabilities.

EMC will create partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs to help develop a pipeline of future employment-ready graduates, while supporting students through internships, co-op placements, or applied research projects.

Hiring Post-Secondary Students?

Get up to $7,000 per placement!




EMC has an allotted number of WILWorks placements available to Canada's manufacturing and related sector firms.


Wendy Gray

Senior Project Coordinator

PO Box 396
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5P7


Susan McLachlan

Project Coordinator

PO Box 396
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5P7

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