Tourism and Hospitality Student Work Placement Program

Aimed squarely at the tourism and hospitality sector, Propel is a new initiative to help the hardest-hit sector recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.

The latest addition to the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, Propel offers post-secondary students opportunities to develop the work-ready skills required to secure meaningful employment upon graduation. Qualifying employers are provided with a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 for each student hired through the program.

The application process is now open. Visit our application portal to begin or learn more below.

Post-Secondary Students

Access paid work-integrated learning opportunities in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sector.

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Connect with early talent interested in working in the industry, plus significant assistance with their wages.

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Post-Secondary Institutions

Complement your existing work-integrated learning programming with new partnership opportunities across Canada.

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Post-Secondary Students

To participate in the Propel student work placement program, a student must be

  • registered at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in a program that includes a work placement;
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

The program can be full time or part time.

Graduate students are eligible.

International students do NOT qualify for the Student Work Placement Program.

A wide range of placements are available at employers representing all facets of the visitor economy: accommodations, food and beverage services, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more.

Opportunities are available right across Canada, from large urban centres to remote visitor destinations.

Yes, all Propel Student Work Placement Program participants are paid for their placement.

Applications are open for the fall and winter semesters of the 2021-2022 school year.

Tourism and Hospitality Employers

Propel coordinates wage subsidies for registered, Canadian businesses or not-for-profits related to the tourism and hospitality sector. The position being covered must be a work-integrated learning opportunity for a post-secondary student.

The Student Work Placement Program offers a wage subsidy of up to 75% of a qualifying student’s wages, up to a maximum of $7,500.

  • Full- or part-time work-integrated learning opportunity
  • A minimum of 20 hours a week
  • A minimum of 4 weeks
  • With a tourism/hospitality employer and/or related to a tourism/hospitality job function
  • Has the option to be completed remotely
  • Not funded by other federal grants or programs (including CEWS and CRHP)
  • Must be hired as an employee of the company (not as an independent contractor)
  • Cannot hire an immediate family member, unless a clear, transparent, and fair nepotism policy is in place

A qualified employer can hire multiple students, provided there are sufficient resources to ensure a meaningful work-integrated learning experience for each one.

Work-integrated learning (WIL) refers to a continuum of learning opportunities ranging from structured work experience to instances where the employer engages directly with the post-secondary education institution to address a particular challenge.

It can include:

  • Co-op placements
  • Internships
  • Practicums
  • Mentorships
  • Field placements
  • Applied projects

The goal is to accelerate the integration of new graduates with high-growth job prospects, as well as foster improved and sustainable partnerships between employers and the post-secondary education system.

For more information on the benefits and types of work-integrated learning, visit this detailed resource from Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada.

The Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program supports partnerships between industry and post-secondary education institutions to create quality work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students so they can develop work-ready skills required to secure meaningful employment upon graduation.

Tourism HR Canada, which coordinates the Propel program, offers a wide range of resources for tourism and hospitality employers. Email to find out more about resources to help create a successful work-integrated learning program.

Propel is a key component of the recovery of Canada’s visitor economy.

  • Provides a link to students with a demonstrated interest in working in the sector upon graduation
  • Offers a wage subsidy to the hardest-hit businesses as they reopen
  • Creates a talent pipeline for tourism employers
  • Supports students with paid placements as they explore the diverse opportunities available in the sector and gain valuable hands-on experience
  • Encourage students to consider studying tourism and hospitality by offering direct, paid connections with employers
  • Strengthen ties between education and industry to ensure ongoing engagement and dialogue about skills and talent development

Post-Secondary Institutions

New programs are encouraged to come on board. Please email info@propelcareers to learn more.