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!

Part-time OSAP: Funding certificates for OSAP for Part-Time Students will be available at the SFAS office (Gilmour Hall, 120) this week. Watch for a notification in your Mosaic to-do list. Starting this fall, part-time OSAP funding will automatically be redirected to McMaster to pay tuition and fees. Learn more about part-time OSAP

OSAP confirmations of enrolment: The OSAP confirmation of enrolment process is ongoing. OSAP funding will be released within 5-7 business days of your confirmation of enrolment. Watch your McMaster email and OSAP Message Centre for notifications. See when you’ve received your funding in your Mosaic Student Center.

Important OSAP change: Starting this fall, all OSAP funding will automatically be sent to McMaster to pay tuition and student fees. Funding left over after covering tuition/fees will be deposited into students’ bank accounts. Learn more on how to track your funding.



Quick Links

Apply for OSAP

Register with NSLSC

Apply for McMaster AID



Important Dates

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