All UBC Engineering Co-op work terms are paid learning experiences. If you have a position but do not have the necessary funding to pay a student there may be assistance available. To find out if your company qualifies for organizational subsidies please visit:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)
Maximum funding available is $4,500/student for four months to support the hiring of an undergraduate researcher. NSERC will support up to 15 students per eligible company, per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). Applications are to be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to the student’s scheduled start date.
Industrial Research Assistance Program Technology (IRAP)
“NRC-IRAP provides non-repayable contributions to Canadian SMEs interested in growing by using technology to commercialize services, products and processes in Canadian and international markets.”
To learn more about IRAP funding available for Canadian SMEs, call NRC-IRAP (1-877-994-4727) to find a regional office near you or visit the IRAP homepage. An IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor will consult with you and assess whether your enterprise is eligible.
BC Hydro and FortisBC funding – Master of Engineering Leadership, Clean Energy Co-op
UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) offer a Master of Engineering Leadership degree in Clean Energy Engineering. A limited number of salary subsidies are available to eligible employers for demand-side energy efficiency and conservation related work from BC Hydro and FortisBC. The work must be in the province of BC for pre-approved summer &/or fall work opportunities for the MEL Clean Energy students.
Application for funding should be submitted between January and March 1st of each year; applications may be accepted after March 1st if all funds have not been allocated – please contact the Engineering Co-op Office.
Industry Canada – Other Assistance programs
Industry Canada maintains a listing of available federal government assistance programs.
Service Canada – Canada Summer Jobs program
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help small businesses, public sector employers, and non-profit organizations to hire students during the summer term. Funding available to approved employers: up to 50 per cent of minimum wage for private companies and public sector employers, and up to 100 per cent of the minimum wage for non-profit organizations. Application period is in late January-early February of each year; employers are notified of the outcome of their application in May.