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Federal Wage Subsidies Available to Hire Students

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) invites applications to the WIL Digital student wage subsidy program. The program, funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, helps employers grow their business by hiring skilled post-secondary students to help them adopt digital technologies and enhance their online presence.

WIL Digital provides:

  • 50% of the student’s salary, up to $5,000; or
  • 70% of the student’s salary, up to $7,000, if the student falls within one of the following under-represented groups: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Indigenous students, Newcomers (immigrants who immigrated within the last 5 years), students with disabilities, visible minorities and first-year students.

Businesses can hire students from full-time four-month work terms to part-time positions of a few hours a week at any time throughout the year. Students can be hired for any role relevant to the digital economy including digital marketing and social media promotion, payroll processing, and research. 

For details about the program and application process, visit or connect with ICTC’s Atlantic Regional Coordinator, Tim Perron at