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The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on WIL placements. Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each ‘net new’ placement or 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each ‘net new’ placement for the following under-represented groups: Indigenous people, person with disabilities, newcomer to Canada, first year student, visible minority and/or women in STEM.
- A registered Canadian business or not-for-profit organization located anywhere in Canada. Some
- Willing to provide a quality WIL experience to a post-secondary student.
- Committed to paying the student in full for the duration of the placement (the wage subsidy will
be administered after receiving all supporting information and documents, including pay stubs,
at the end of the placement term).
- In compliance with all federal, provincial, and territorial human rights and labour legislation,
regulations, and any other relevant standards, such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act
and the Employment Standards Act in Ontario, and any similar legislation in other jurisdictions.
- Covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) or alternate workplace insurance.
- Only submitting applications for placements that are not subsidized by the federal government
under another funding program
- Registered as a domestic student in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
(international students are not eligible).
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been
conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
- Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant federal, provincial or territorial
legislation and regulations.
- Registered in a program or course with a WIL component as part of their study plan.
- Registered in a full-time or part-time program in any field of study.
- Apprenticeships in a skilled trade are not eligible for TOP.
- The student must be on the employer’s payroll and employers must be applying all applicable deductions, such as employment insurance. Contractors are not eligible for TOP
- There is no minimum or maximum length so long as the placement satisfies the WIL requirements of the student’s program or course of study. Placements may be part-time or full-time. The only maximum is the amount of funding that can be received per placement.
- Summer jobs are eligible for TOP so long as the student is satisfying a WIL component of the student’s program or course of study.
- Placements must be ‘net new’ to qualify for funding. Net new is determined by subtracting the number of students hired by an employer in the fiscal year prior to first receiving SWPP funding (through TOP or another SWPP delivery partner), also known as the baseline number of students hired, from the number of students the employer is intending to hire in the current fiscal year (including those already hired)
- An employer may apply for TOP for more than one student/placement so long as the ‘net new’ provision is satisfied.