Work-Integrated Learning

Our WIL initiative matches employers across Canada with innovative talent. Gain much-needed experience to build your resume or boost your capacity through practical projects with tangible results. We are currently running two streams that connects you to skilled professionals:

  • Rural Roots matches employers with talented undergraduate students from across Canada. 
  • READI to Work matches employers with skilled newcomers, including international students.

Services for Employers & Professionals:

  • Access to a matching platform that connects you to skilled professionals or helps you find relevant employment opportunities.
  • One-on-one support with creating projects or training for your unique needs.
  • Access to relevant training such as WIL, hiring, equity, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and more!

Services for Post-Secondary Institutions:

  • Support with creating policies and processes for your WIL program.
  • Growing your employer network and expanding your reach to rural and remote communities.
  • Access to innovative projects to support your student’s learning outcomes.

For more information, read RDN's full announcement of the WIL program.

How to Apply:

Employers can sign up to post a project or students can find work placement opportunities on our new matching platform! You can also connect with us by booking a meeting to learn more.

Are you an employer interested in the READI to Work project?

Complete the Expression of Interest form


The Rural Employers’ Awareness on Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit will be published in September 2023 and will support employers with best practices, information, tools and resources for the successful attraction, settlement and retention of newcomer employees into rural and remote organizations and communities. 

Our Partners

Rural Roots is in partnership with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable, and with support from the Government of Canada.

The READI to Work project is supported by Prairies Economic Development of Canada

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