Employer Information

Work Program Jobs must:

  • Be on a McMaster campus/site
  • Not replace or subsidize existing positions
  • Not conflict with any existing collective agreements
  • Pay at least minimum wage

Work Program Subsidy

Fall/Winter Work Program  

$6.50/hour to a maximum subsidy of $1,500 (up to 10 hours per week)

Summer Work Program

$5.50/hour to maximum subsidy of $2,560 (up to 40 hours per week)


How to Hire a Work Program Student (PDF)

Key McMaster Work Program Updates (PDF)

Manager’s Tool Kit

Helpful Hints

A successful job opening:

  • Is submitted by the deadline. See Important Dates for more information
  • Is within work program dates
  • Has a job code beginning with the prefix WPS (beginning Fall 2018)
  • Includes a primary recruiter and hiring manager

Helping Students

  • In your job posting, ask students to include a copy of their work program approval with their application
  • Job postings open March 1 for Summer and Aug. 10 for Fall/Winter
  • Students ineligible for work programs cannot be hired for work program positions
  • Students can only accept one work program position per term
  • Direct students to the Work Program page on the SFAS website
  • The work program approval is necessary to complete the application

Employer Subsidy Payment Dates

Term(s) Date
2018 Summer Work Program September 2018 month-end
2018/2019 Fall/Winter Work Program April 2019 month-end
2019 Summer Work Program September 2019 month-end

What’s New!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Deadlines for undergraduate, graduate, MBA and Medicine students to submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application are approaching. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

OSAP peer-support sessions: We are now offering peer-support sessions every Tuesday from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in MUSC 213. Our student ambassador will be available to help current and incoming students with their 2018/19 OSAP applications. Learn more about our peer-support sessions.

2018 Schulich Leaders: Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Schulich Leaders Scholarships! Four students have received Canada’s most prestigious national STEM scholarships to attend McMaster. Learn more about the 2018 Schulich Leaders.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website as soon as possible.


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