OTTAWA, March 29, 2021
– BioTalent Canada today announced the successful results of the expansion of the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)
to include the Canadian healthcare industry. The program’s expansion was in response to the needs of the healthcare industry, and an increased demand for talent caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s youth was one of the hardest hit employment demographics during the pandemic. Many organizations had no choice but to scale down despite the need to ramp up. The expansion of SWPP into healthcare helped more than 1,500 students find gainful employment in healthcare roles with organizations across Canada.
The Student Work Placement Program is a federal government funded work-integrated learning program that began in 2017. The program provides wage subsidies, up to $7,500, to employers to help cover the cost of a Canadian post-secondary students’ co-op salary.
“We were given the opportunity to place 1,500 students within healthcare by the end of March 2021, and we will surpass that total in the next few weeks,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of those organizations that promoted healthcare SWPP to their stakeholders. Their efforts allowed us to support an industry in need. They helped inform many healthcare employers of the program and made this program expansion a success.”
BioTalent Canada would like to thank all the organizations who promoted the program and made it so impactful. Special mention to: