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Gearing Up Program │ Mining Industry Human Resources Council


Eligible employers will receive up to 75% of an intern’s salary (up to $7,500) for new WIL placements.


The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) is a national, non-profit organization that identifies opportunities and addresses the human resource and labour market challenges within the Canadian minerals and metals sector.

About Gearing Up Program

MiHR’s Gearing Up Program is one of the initiatives used to help strengthen the labour market for the mining industry. Its objective is to change the way students perceive, pursue and acquire the skills needed for in-demand careers in the mining sector by creating over 1000 work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in the Canadian mining sector over four years.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
WIL refers to a continuum of learning opportunities ranging from structured work experience to instances where the employer engages directly with the post-secondary education institution to address a particular challenge. It can include co-op placements, internships, field placements or applied projects to solve particular problems for employers.

Eligible Applicants

For Employers

  • Must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary, and in one of the following categories:
  • Small, medium or large companies involved in the mining or mineral exploration sector;
  • Post-secondary educational institution; or
  • Not-for profit organization.

For Participants

  • Students in a post-secondary program;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.; and
  • Be studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business.

For WIL Opportunities
Eligible position criteria that qualify for a wage subsidy are:

  • Paid internships that provide relevant and meaningful WIL experience to students as part of a postsecondary program;
  • Contributes to the graduation requirements for the program (both required and optional courses with a WIL component can count); and
  • In the science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business fields

Eligible Expenses

Wage subsidy.

Deadline Date



Contact Name: Mining Industry Human Resources Council

Phone Number: 1-877-424-8913

E-mail Address:


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