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!

Transcripts for Part-Time OSAP: We are now accepting unofficial transcripts from McMaster students who are asked to supply transcripts after applying for Part-Time OSAP. Access and print your unofficial transcript in Mosaic: Student Centre > My Academics > Unofficial Transcript. Learn more on transcripts

OSAP Income Update: Check your OSAP portal for a requirement to update your income. If you have this requirement it must be completed to main eligibility for the McMaster General Bursary. Even if you have no changes to report, you are required to submit the online form. Find Income Update deadlines.



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