Get a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 to create new work-integrated learning opportunities for students in mining-related post-secondary education programs. Gearing Up drives systemic change by aligning post-secondary student skills training with mining industry requirements through employer delivery of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.
The program is creating over 2,000 new WIL opportunities, with wage subsidies up to $7,500 available to employers who offer work experience, co-op placements, internships, field placements or applied projects.
Who Benefits from Gearing Up?
- Small, medium or large companies and not for profit
organizations that are Canadian-owned or a Canadian
subsidiary and involved in the mining and mineral
exploration sectors are eligible to apply for Gearing Up
- Employers who can demonstrate an increase in WIL
opportunities from the year prior to first participating in
the federal government’s SWP Program (baseline year)
will be eligible for a wage subsidy. Only the incremental
net new WIL placements, over the baseline year, are
eligible for the subsidy.
- Access to wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students
for high-demand mining occupations.
- Gain students’ analytical skills and fresh insights into
- Develop a skilled talent pool of new graduates to hire.
- Registered in a full-time or part-time post-secondary
program in a Canadian post-secondary institution.
- A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person with
refugee protection under the law.
- Legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and
regulations of the province or territory where they live.
- Studying in fields related to STEM and/or business.
International students are not eligible participants under the
Gearing Up wage subsidy program.
The program encourages participation by underrepresented
groups such as women in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM), Indigenous peoples, persons
with disabilities, recent immigrants, first-year students and
members of visible minority groups.
- Develops skills and gains real-world work experience.
- Streamlines the transition to long-term employment in
the mining sector or the pursuit of advanced studies upon