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 (from June 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022).

Learn more about the Propel Student Work Placement Program below, or begin the application process for the fall or winter semester.

  • Employers can download this guide for detailed instructions on how to create an account and navigate the application portal.
  • Post-secondary students and staff can visit our Outcome Campus Connect portal to get started; if your program is not signed up for Magnet’s Outcome Campus Connect platform, please email propel@tourismhr.ca for more details on how to take part in Propel.

Virtual Info Session

Tourism HR Canada is hosting a series of virtual info sessions on the Propel Student Work Placement Program, including an overview of the eligibility criteria and application process. A Q&A session with attendees follows the presentation.

The next Propel Info Session will take place November 4. Click the button below to register.

Post-Secondary Students

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

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Employers

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.

Students enrolled in a post-graduate program 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, recreation and entertainment, transportation, and travel services. This includes positions related to events, concerts, meetings and conventions, museums, galleries, cultural and heritage sites, destination marketing, 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.

Placements are posted on the Propel online portal, hosted by Magnet. Click here to create an account or sign in.

Tourism and Hospitality Employers

Propel coordinates wage subsidies for registered Canadian businesses, startups, and 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
  • Taking place in a safe environment
  • On-site, remote, and hybrid placements all eligible
  • Not funded by other federal grants or programs (including Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy [CEWS] and Canada Recovery Hiring Program [CRHP])
  • Student must be hired as an employee of the company (not as an independent contractor)
  • Employer cannot hire an immediate family member, unless a clear, transparent, and fair nepotism policy is in place
  • Student cannot be replacing a displaced worker or filling a role left vacant due to a labour dispute

Employers can sign up through the online Propel portal, hosted by Magnet. Once registered, they can post work-integrated learning opportunities for students to apply for. They may also begin an application for a wage subsidy; the application will be finalized only once a student has been hired and all the required information and documentation has been submitted to show the employer and the student meet the eligibility criteria.

An Employer Guide is available here to assist employers with the registration and application process. 

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

Yes, the wage subsidy is offered for qualifying placements dating back to June 1, 2021. To apply, please visit the Propel online portal.

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. Please email propel@tourismhr.ca 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 propel@tourismhr.ca to learn more.

If you would like additional information about Propel, the Student Work Placement Program, or work-integrated learning, please email propel@tourismhr.ca.

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