Daily News Fall 2021 updates for students: What we know and what we’re working towards


McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

New Wage Subsidy Available for Student Co-ops

Faculty members and staff who provide co-op work terms can now apply for a new student wage subsidy of $7,500. The subsidy is available to faculty and staff who hired Science co-op students during the fall term or plan to hire during the winter semester.

Work Intergrated LogoScience Career & Cooperative Education has partnered with the Information Communications Technology Council (ICTC) to secure wage subsidies for 70 Faculty of Science students through the WIL Digital Program. The subsidy will cover 75 percent of a student's wages up to a maximum of $7,500. WIL Digital is an innovative work-integrated learning program funded by the Government of Canada's Student Work Placement Program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students.

To access the 75 percent subsidy:
  1. If you hired a Fall 2020 co-op student or wish to employ a winter co-op student, please notify SCCE at that you wish to apply for the subsidy.
  2. SCCE will submit the funding application on behalf of faculty and staff and work through the process together.
  3. SCCE will support your co-op student through the funding application.
  4. You and your student will complete a work-term evaluation for ICTC.
  5. You pay your student as usual. We will submit the paperwork to secure the wage subsidy at the end of the work-term and will ensure you receive the wage subsidy at the end of the work-term.
Please note
  1. Faculty and staff may apply for funding to hire multiple students. However, each student position may be funded by only one Student Work Placement Program.
  2. Students must be enrolled full-time and must be Canadian, Permanent Resident or have Refugee Status to be eligible.
  3. ICTC has waived their ‘net new’* requirement to March 31, 2021.
  4. Find out more about ICTC and the WIL Digital program here.
  5. Contact Science Career & Cooperative Education to find out more about the subsidy.
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