Student Work Placement Program – Arts, Media, and Culture


Both the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) are Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) funding delivery partners. CMPA and CHRC funding support any organization looking to hire student talent related to media production and cultural development roles or projects.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) funding offsets the costs associated with hiring and training students in meaningful work experiences by providing reimbursements. This Government of Canada funding is administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through 17 Employer Delivery Partners.

Student Eligibility

  • A Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or a protected person defined by the immigration and Refugee Protection Act 
  • Registered as a full-time student in a post-secondary institution program
  • Not an international student requiring (or on) a work permit
  • Not an immediate family member of the employer

    Employer Eligibility

    • A registered Canadian business or organization 
    • Not a federal or provincial government organization
    • Financially capable of hiring a student for a part- or full-time work term, pay
    • Net New: Net new refers to the growing number of students you hire each year and represents the number of work placement subsidies you are eligible for. 
    • Remember that final decisions lie with the SWPP funding partners. This serves as a general guideline for employers’ reference 
    Canadian Media Producers Association Student Work Placement Program

    Through this program, the CMPA provides essential funding and mentorship opportunities to emerging talents, aspiring media professionals, and content creators, helping them enhance their skills and pave the way for a successful career in the media production landscape, continuing to foster an environment of collaboration and excellence, contributing significantly to the evolution of the Canadian media industry.

    How to apply: Please complete the Student Work Placement Program application online intake.

    Deadlines for applications: On-going applications, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Important Note: Membership is NOT required to apply for the Student Work Placement Program.

    Contact Information: Ladane Ali, Coordinator, International Development & Policy


    Phone: Office 613-688-0950 | Mobile 343-961-1921

    For more information: Visit CMPA Mentorship and Funding

    Cultural Human Resources Council Student Work Placement Program

    Through its renowned Sectoral Workforce Development Program (SWP), CHRC strives to nurture a dynamic and sustainable cultural landscape that celebrates and preserves Canada’s rich artistic heritage. The employer must be in the Canadian cultural sector which includes Digital Media; Film and Television; Live Performing Arts; Music and Sound Recording; Visual Arts and Crafts; Writing and Publishing; and Heritage.

    How to apply: Please complete the CHRC Student Work Placement (SWP) Program Employer Request Intake Form

    For application deadlines and other information: Please visit CHRC Student Work Placement

    Contact Information: Sofia Downing, Administration and Communications Officer