Talent Opportunities Program
Are you an employer hiring post-secondary students on work placements? If so, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 per student!
Net new requirements have now been confirmed. Please click here to learn more.
The application portal is now open for Summer 2021 applications (May- August 2021). Click here to apply for the Talent Opportunities Program.
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 work placements. Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to 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, first year student, visible minority and/or women in STEM.
Employers must be a registered Canadian business or not-for-profit organization, may be located anywhere in Canada, and may operate in any industry sector. Remote work is allowed. Some restrictions apply. Please see the TOP Handbook for full details.
Students hired on work placements must be registered at a recognized Canadian college or university, be enrolled in a program or course where a work placement is part of their study plan, and be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
TOP is a program delivered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with funding from the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.
If you are an employer and you meet the criteria for a wage subsidy, you are eligible to apply for this program.
Looking for a student to hire? Get in touch with your local post-secondary institutions and advertise your position.
If you are a post-secondary student interested in gaining paid work experience related to your field of study, connect with your school to see if placements are available. If you are already on a work placement, let your employer know that they may be eligible for a wage subsidy from TOP.
For POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS
If you are a post-secondary institution, contact us to learn how we can partner to help employers hiring your students on eligible work placements access TOP wage subsidies.
Weekly Office Hours will be offered every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30pm and are open to employers and Chambers. We will share important updates about the Talent Opportunities Program, answer questions you may have, and share screens / demo important documentation or resources. We look forward to seeing you there and learning together! Click here to attend.
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