Work Integrated Learning

STEM and Life Sciences benefit from on-the-job experience with the WIL pilot program.  

BioAlberta is pleased to continue the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Voucher program for the STEM and life sciences sector on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education. We are continuing to work with post-secondary institutions and employers to help students connect with new learning opportunities and on-the-job training.


Under the conditions of the grant, you MUST be:

  • an Alberta resident, enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at an Alberta post-secondary education institution and continuing your education the following term
  • studying in fields related to life science, or that can be applied to life science (eg. STEM, engineering, business, etc.)
  • under 30 years of age
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred and legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Please note international students are not eligible for this funding.

Employers Eligibility:

To qualify for the WIL program, the SME must:

  • Be based in Alberta
  • Operate in the life science sector including biotechnology or healthcare
  • Create a full-time, 16-week student position that has a life science, biotechnology or healthcare focus

SMEs must provide students with practical work in a field related to their studies within the Alberta STEM and life sciences eco-systems that enable the student to gain a better understanding of the company’s work and increase their job readiness. Eligible SMEs will be awarded $5000 in wage support.

In order to have the best opportunity to secure the best student candidate for the position, we strongly suggest SMEs apply immediately for Winter 2023, and meet a December 15, 2022 deadline for Summer 2023 submission. BioAlberta will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. 

For more information or to apply, contact