Funding Programs

*New! Co-operative Education Work Placement Assistance Program (CEWPAP)

On December 23, 2020 the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Immigration, Skills, and Labour announced funding to support co-operative education students who are currently experiencing difficulty securing work terms in the winter semester. 

Program details: 

  • CEWPAP will fund 75% of a co-operative education student’s overall hourly salary up to a maximum of $8,000. Note: the subsidy does not cover expenses related to mandatory employment related costs (MERCs) such as E.I., C.P.P., vacation pay, and workers’ compensation.

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Small Enterprise Co-operative Placement Assistance Program (SECPAP)

Important note: At this time applications and claims cannot be accepted by fax. Please email all SECPAP related documents to or via your co-op office contactAll SECPAP documents are now in fillable pdf format and can be found here.

SECPAP is funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Immigration, Skills, and Labour and is administered by the Co-operative Education Services Centre (CESC).


Co-operative education formally integrates the student's academic study with alternating paid work terms in co-operating employer organizations. Memorial's Co-operative Education Services Centre is currently accepting applications from the small business sector to provide challenging employment and educational opportunities to post secondary co-operative education students in Newfoundland and Labrador. SECPAP offers a wage subsidy to successful applicants. Applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility and by the appropriate Co-operative Education Coordinator to ensure that the proposed placement represents an appropriate work experience.

Program objectives

The objectives of SECPAP are as follows:

  • To expose small businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador to the value of co-operative education, thereby creating a long-term demand for co-operative education students and graduates;
  • To expose co-operative education students to the small business sector, and entrepreneurial activity in general, as viable and attractive career options.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study.

How Much Could You Get?

  • up to $5,000 for every student you hire through the program

  • up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students

For an overview of delivery partners and their processes, visit the Employment and Social Development Canada or  CEWIL.


Co-operative Education

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000