Cybersecurity Training and Work Integrated Learning Program

When & where
  • BC
  • -
Who it's for
  • Employers in the cybersecurity/information security sectors

Enabling employers to hire trained and job-ready women+ and non-binary students, helping to increase the diversity of Canada's cybersecurity workforce.


The rising number of cyber-attacks in Canada has dramatically increased the need for cybersecurity professionals. A recent study found that only 20% of cybersecurity workers in Canada identify as women+, and of those, only 25% identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC).

ICTC, in collaboration with Microsoft, Digital, and a select group of post-secondary institutions, have joined together to expand the pool of cybersecurity talent in Canada. This program provides women+ and non-binary post-secondary education students with access to mentorship, Microsoft training and certifications, and experiential learning opportunities—one of which is an up to 16-week paid work-integrated learning placement in cybersecurity.  

Employers who hire these post-secondary students receive up to $7,000 in wage subsidies. 


To access up to $7,000 in wage subsidies, you must:

  • Be a registered business or not-for-profit organization in Canada
  • Provide a safe workplace
  • Have general liability insurance
  • Hire the student on payroll (not as a contractor)
  • Have the financial capacity to hire a student for the full work term, pay them consistently and on time, and provide a meaningful work experience


Some exclusions apply 

1) Initial Contact 

  • Email us at @email.
  • A CTWIL representative will connect with you to discuss your interest and provide initial information. 


2) Eligibility Assessment 

  • Our team will assess your eligibility for the program and determine if you qualify for the wage subsidy. 


3) WIL Digital Subsidy Application 

  • If eligible for a subsidy, we will guide you through the WIL Digital wage subsidy application process.
  • Detailed instructions and support will be provided to ensure a smooth and efficient application. 


4) Program Participation

  • Once approved, you will gain access to a personalized talent pool of skilled students.
  • Our team will offer ongoing support and resources to help you successfully integrate students into your workforce. 

1) Access to a Personalized Talent Pool

Gain access to a curated group of talented students who are well-prepared for roles in cybersecurity.


2) Wage Subsidies

Employers will receive up to $7,000 in wage subsidies for each student hired through the program.


3) Program Support

ICTC will offer ongoing support and resources to help employers successfully integrate students into their workforce.


4) Potential Full-Time Hires

Employers can evaluate students for potential full-time positions upon graduation.


5) Make an Impact on Diversity in Cybersecurity

By participating in this program, employers contribute to expanding and diversifying the talent pool in the cybersecurity sector, addressing critical workforce gaps. 

The training bundle for participants includes the following:

  • AZ900 fundamentals in cloud security
  • SC900 fundamentals in identity, security, and compliance
  • AI900 fundamentals in artificial intelligence
  • Access to ICTC's library of WIL e-Learning courses
  • 16-week paid work-integrated learning placement in the cybersecurity sector
  • A mentorship program to build networking and community 


To learn more or for application assistance, please email @email


Funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)