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November 20, 2017

Government of Canada launches ‘Student Work Placements’ to make 60,000 post-secondary students get important work-ready skills


Giving post-secondary students the chance to learn in a hands-on work environment is part of the Government’s plan to put Canada’s greatest strength—its skilled, hard-working people—at the heart of a more innovative new economy.

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, today announced that the Government of Canada will help create 60,000 student work placements over the next five years.

The Government of Canada is rolling out a $73-million investment in the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program to create 10,000 paid student work placements over the next four years, facilitating stronger partnerships between employers and partnering polytechnics, universities, and colleges. Budget 2017 also announced $221 million in funding over five years for Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that provides research internships with a goal of creating 10,000 work placements per year.

Minister Chagger made the announcement at D2L Corporation, during an event hosted by the Information Technology Council of Canada (ITAC), one of several industry partners working with the Government of Canada. ITAC acts as a vital connection between business and government, providing members with networking and professional services to help them succeed. ITAC, which has taken a leadership role in providing student work placements, will receive $4.8 million. It is expected that more than 1,200 student work placements will be made available to post-secondary students through this partnership.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour said, “When Canadian students get on-the-job education, they’re getting the experience they need to succeed. Our Innovation and Skills Plan is putting Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative future economy.”

Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism says, “This program will help build stronger partnerships between government, post-secondary institutions and employers and will help young Canadians gain the experience they need to succeed in our modern, fast-paced economy.”

Robert Watson, President and CEO, Information Technology Council of Ottawa said that, “We know that we have an IT labour shortage not only in the IT sector, but across all sectors that require digital skills for their business to innovate and grow. We need to equip young people with the right skill sets to succeed, and getting valuable work integrated learning experiences will make a real difference and will help them to kick start their career. ITAC applauds the Government of Canada’s recognition of the importance to invest in student work placements”

“Work-integrated learning is increasingly essential to help students gain the critical skills required to succeed in today’s labour market. For companies, it’s an opportunity to work with innovative students with a fresh perspective. We applaud the government for making this important investment to better integrate work and learning”, says John Baker, CEO, D2L Corporation.

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