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Funding Summary
Canadian Agricultural Partnership The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who are shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership).
College and Community Social Innovation Fund Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, in collaboration with Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are providing support for colleges and polytechnics to work with their partners to address this unprecedented crisis.
Digital Main Street The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform. It is a $57-million program which will help up to 22,900 Ontario businesses create and enhance their online presence and generate jobs for more than 1,400 students. Through the platform, businesses will be able to take advantage of three new programs to support their digital transformation:
  • shopHERE powered by Google will leverage Ontario's strengths by hiring highly skilled and trained students to build and support the launch of online stores for businesses that previously could not do so themselves.
  • Digital Main Street Grant will help main street small businesses be digitally more effective through a $2,500 grant to adopt new technologies and embrace digital marketing. Municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) can apply for a Digital Service Squad grant, which will allow them to establish teams to provide personalized, one-on-one support. Local organizations include:
  • Future-Proofing Main Street will provide specialized and in-depth digital transformation services and support that help existing main-street firms adapt to changes in their sector and thrive in the new economy. By leveraging teams of digital marketing professionals and talented students, these firms will be able to create new online business models, develop and implement digital and e-commerce marketing strategies, and maximize digital tools, platforms and content.
Farm Credit Canada Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has received an enhancement to its capital base that will allow for an additional lending capacity. The government made a solid commitment to the agriculture and food industry to ensure producers, agribusinesses and food processors continue to have access to necessary capital at this challenging time.
Government of Canada – Support for Business The Government of Canada is taking significant and decisive action to support Canadian businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak such as wage subsidies, income tax extensions, access to financial support, benefits, loans, and credit.
Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Learn how to request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your business respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
NGen Canada Super Cluster Fund Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, will invest to support companies as they prepare to produce critically needed technologies, equipment, and medical products to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
Ontario Together Fund The Ontario government is launching a fund to help businesses provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, coveralls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators. This new Fund will support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal.
Supplementary Unemployment Benefits (SUB) Plan Employers can use a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) plan to increase their employees’ weekly earnings when they are unemployed due to a temporary stoppage of work, training, illness, injury or quarantine.

Funding information for employers

Funding Summary
Canada Business Ontario Types of wage subsidies available in Ontario include: Canada-Ontario Job Grant, FedNor youth internships, Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, and the Youth Employment Strategy Programs.
IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program) IRAP will provide funding to SMEs looking to grow and generate profits through development and commercialization of innovated, technology-driven new or improved products, services or processes in Canada. Funding may apply to developing technology or hiring new graduates.
Magnet Student Work Placement Program The program provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences. Students, in turn, benefit from quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study. Employer applications are now being accepted.
Employment and Social Development Canada Funding programs from Employment and Social Development Canada are government grants and contributions that help support jobs, training, and social development. Grants are unconditional transfer payments that the government provides to individuals or organizations for activities that meet eligibility criteria set by the funding program.

Contributions are similar to grants, except that, in order to receive funding and be reimbursed for specific costs, recipients need to meet certain performance conditions. The government can also audit the recipients' use of funding.
ICTC – WIL Digital

COVID 19 update: ICTC can now pre-approve applications so employers will have approval before hiring a student. Please apply for pre-approval by submitting your job descriptions for student work-integrated learning opportunities to, with the subject line title “Request for Pre-approval.” If your company is in the ICT sector or your available position includes aspects of ICT apply now!

ICTC believes in the importance of developing a highly skilled, educated and motivated ICT/digital workforce that will drive Canada’s economic growth and innovation. In partnership with the Canadian industry, government, not-for-profits and the education sector, ICTC strives to define critical competencies and standards; build education and employment pathways for youth and adult learners to increase digital literacy/skills; provide educators with tools and resources to enhance learning, and connect youth to jobs.

Career Ready Auto Stream

Durham College along with Ontario Tech University and Loyalist College have been granted to provide funding to qualified employers. This funding support Ontario’s Driving Prosperity auto sector strategy and seeks to increase both the quantity and quality of experiential learning opportunities available to students, recent graduates and apprentices in Ontario’s Auto Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing sectors. Eligible employers can qualify for $3,000 per Work Placement per Participant or up to $5,000 per Work Placement for a Participant with one or more disabilities. The funding can be stacked with federal funding to reduce employment costs by up to 100%. For more information regarding revenue requirements and work placement and candidate eligiblity, please contact Jennifer Powell, Outreach Coordinator via email at

Canada Summer Jobs

COVID 19 update: In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, temporary flexibilities for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020 have been implemented in order to be more responsive to the challenges facing employers and youth. Consideration will be given to identified organizations that provide essential services in the community and could provide youth jobs but did not apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020. These employers will be contacted to submit an application.

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market.

MaRS IAF Early-stage capital can be critical to your venture’s success. MaRS offers a range of products and services to help you find the funding you need to grow your business.
CICan Career Launcher Internship COVID-19 update (August 18, 2020):   Industry partners can now receive up to 100% coverage to a maximum of $30,000 depending on the program stream. The program has been expanded to allow additional youth to gain meaningful work experience and contribute to Canada’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery. This includes renewed and extended funding for existing internship programs and the brand-new ImpAct Internships program which focuses on initiatives that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Green Jobs Science & Technology Internship Program  Green Jobs Science & Technology Internship Program (STIP) is funded by Natural Resource Canada. Green Jobs STIP provides wage subsidies for hiring organizations in the natural resource sectors.
Co-operative Education Tax Credit The Co-operative Education Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for Ontario-based co-op employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college.
ECO Canada – Wage Subsidy Program ECO Canada's new CO-OP Program provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% to a maximum of $5000 to employers hiring students in an environmental role.
As part of Canada's Work-Integrated Learning strategy, we are matching students with employers in the environmental sector to help them on the path to a bright career.

Employers: ECO will provide up to 50% of a Co-op student’s pay in wage subsidies. Employers must be able to provide full-time work (minimum 30 hrs per week) for a 12 to 16-week term duration in an environmental capacity to be eligible for funding.
MIHRC MiHR has completed research on the workforce barriers and opportunities facing three specific labour supply groups - Aboriginal peoples, immigrants to Canada and women. This research gathered a range of perspectives and experiences and the findings tell a compelling story.

MiHR is proud to launch its Green Jobs program aimed at helping post-secondary graduates gain relevant and meaningful work experience in the mining sector. The objective of the program is to provide 120 meaningful internship opportunities in the mining sector related to science, technology, engineering and math. These jobs should have a focus on clean technology and innovation as well as provide an environmental benefit to Canada.

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Government of Canada through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Jobs – Science and Technology Internship Program, as part of the Youth Employment Strategy. MiHR was selected as a delivery organization through a competitive process to deliver jobs to post-secondary graduates over the next two years.

The Green Jobs Program is designed to help new graduates' transition to long-term employment or to pursue advanced studies, through work experience and mentorship provided by approved hiring organizations.  
Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

COVID-19 updates: The Federal government has committed an additional 20,000 WIL experiences through the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) for the time frame from now until March 31st, 2021. All the same guidelines and information that has been previously distributed regarding SWPP apply to these additional positions. Please connect with the SWPP partners directly for specific information regarding timing, allocations, and details. Postsecondary institutions are also now eligible to hire students under SWPP and receive a wage subsidy, start dates and duration of placements will be more flexible, and students will be permitted to work remotely or from home.

Through SWPP, employers can receive subsidies of up to 50% of a student’s wages, up to a maximum of $5,000. If the student is from an under-represented group (first-year students, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers), the wage subsidy may be increased to 70% up to $7,000. For more information regarding current employer delivery partners, please click here.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a summer job program that allows eligible employers to benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills.
Employment Ontario Take advantage of funding, programs and federal tax incentives to help hire and train employees for your business, not-for-profit or public-sector organization.
Government of Canada A wage subsidy or other assistance program can help you hire and retain the right talent. We offer wage subsidies and other assistance programs.
Mitacs Accelerate Mitacs Accelerate is a research internship program that supports collaborative research projects between Canadian colleges or universities and the organizations that benefit from their expertise. Businesses can solve their research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs.

Durham College Resources for Employers

Resources Summary
DC Solutions for Business DC Solutions for Business is a network of service area professionals who work seamlessly with clients to provide innovative support, customized solutions, expertise and training that align with the specific needs of each individual client. This can include, but is not limited to, talent acquisition, skills training and upgrading, research and development, funding procurement, hosting student placements and charitable giving.
DC Project Marketplace Work with Durham College to develop real-world solutions for your business or organization. Connect with skilled students and expert faculty members or researchers through our project marketplace to address your business or community challenges. The marketplace is free to join and helps you access student talent through class projects, placement opportunities, and applied research. Projects can include business solutions, process improvements, design challenges, community innovation, and more. To learn more about the initiative please click here

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