Business aviation operators can save up to $7000 in wages when you hire post secondary students

The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) has partnered with the government of Canada to administer a new wage subsidy program, effective until March 31, 2021, which will help you manage your staffing needs and develop longer-term labour solutions.

The process is fast and simple, and can usually be approved within 48 hours.

The Student Work Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) allows you to match a potential student hire to your exact needs.  For example, you can offer a structured work experience, or if you have a particular employment challenge, you can engage directly with a post-secondary education institution to find solutions.  The subsidy is extremely flexible, and applies to co-op placements, internships, field placements, or applied projects to solve particular problems for employers.  

If attracting and retaining well-rounded and qualified maintenance technicians is important to you, as a second part of the project, CCAA is working with a consortium of companies and colleges to develop an innovative training program which will combine skills for Maintenance Technicians with those of Avionics and Interior Technicians, together with soft skills and business skills, to produce “Multidisciplinary Technicians”.

Employers receive up to 50 percent of the student’s salary (to a maximum of $5,000) each time they hire a student.  So, if a student is hired back the following year, the employer would qualify for another wage subsidy. In certain cases, the subsidy is even higher.  For first-year students and under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants, the subsidy is up to 70 percent of the salary (to a maximum of $7,000 for every work term)

Students must be registered as a full-time student in a post-secondary education (PSE) institution; be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 2; and, be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Contact the CCAA to find out how you can take advantage of this generous and flexible wage subsidy program-.  Major aviation players like Air Canada and Jazz are already on board – we encourage our members not to miss out!

For more information, including how you can identify potential student hires through the post-secondary institutions, contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, Director of Project Management, Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, tel:  613-727-8272, ext. 247 or