Lakehead University has developed a relationship with Magnet, a delivery partner for the federal SWPP (Student Worker Placement Program). 

Magnet is providing dedicated funding for employers to hire Lakehead University students into positions related to their field of study, either part time or full time.  

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) at Lakehead has reserved 60 wage rebates for Faculty of Business students and additional rebates have been reserved by the Lakehead’s Office of Co-operative Education.

Employers are eligible for a rebate of 75% of wages, up to $7,500. The funding can be applied retroactively to student positions from this past summer or for positions starting this fall.

For non-profit organizations, WIL at Lakehead has some funds available that could be used to support the non-profit’s 25% contribution student wages.

Next Steps:

  • To start the application process go to: 
  • Please advise if your organization would like to reserve a specific number of wage rebates, which they will hold for you. Employers would still need to apply and be approved by Magnet to receive funds. Even if rebates are reserved, approval is not assured.
  • Please let them know if you are interested in attending an information session with the funder.

More eligibility information:

  • In the healthcare sector, public sector employers are eligible (an exception for this sector only)
  • Employment opportunities must be related to academic study and considered work-integrated learning (WIL). WIL in this case is defined as mentorship programs, co-op placements, practicums, applied research projects, and internships. SWPP does not require there to be a formal agreement with the University for the position to qualify.
  • Timing of placements for Summer is May 25-Aug 31, and Fall Sept 1 – Dec 31
  • The funding is stackable with non-federal government sources.
  • International students are not eligible. We have shared feedback on this eligibility criteria with the funder.

For more information, or support with SWPP applications and hiring processes, please contact Maryann Kleynendorst