Salaries & Funding

Salaries are at the discretion of the employer, but should be competitive. The hourly wage range for students is $17.00 to $26.00.

Sources of Funding

The provincial government continues to support Co-operative Education by offering incentive programs to employers. These programs can be used to substantially reduce the net amount of wages paid to Co-op undergraduates and graduates from Co-op programs.

Manitoba Post-Secondary Education Paid Education Tax Credits

The Paid Work Experience Tax Credits are a group of programs that help employers create work experience opportunities for students in Manitoba. There are two incentives for employers who hire students and graduates from registered co-operative education programs.

  • The Co-op Students Hiring Incentive (COS-HI) was first introduced in 2003 to support students in college and university co-operative education programs.
  • In 2006, the Co-op Graduates Hiring Incentive (COG-HI) extended the credit to support graduates of these same programs.

Both COS-HI and COG-HI are fully refundable. Eligible employers include taxable corporations or exempt corporate entities. For the 2017 and subsequent tax years, Crown corporations and other provincial government entities are not eligible for this credit. Unincorporated employers may claim the refundable credit on the individual income tax return.


SWPP (Student Work Placement Program) Co-op Subsidy

On September 5th, 2017, the Government of Canada announced that it will invest $73-million over four years (2017 to 2021) to support post-secondary co-op student work placements with industry employers and subsidize salaries for co-op students who meet eligibility requirements.

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Industrial Research Assistance Program

To learn more about this subsidy, please call to find an IRAP regional office near you or visit the IRAP homepage. Your regional IRAP office representative will consult with you and assess whether your organization is eligible.

Phone: 1-877-994-4727

Canada Summer Jobs

Funding available to approved employers for up to 50% of the minimum hourly wage for private and public sector companies, and up to 100% of the minimum hourly wage for not-for-profit organizations.


Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit

Provides a 10 percent tax credit to qualifying corporations–claimed when filing the T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.