The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), Centennial College and  Tropicana Community Services has partnered to create a Work Integrated Learning (WIL)  Program to provide Black students with opportunities to gain experience in the workforce, in their chosen field of study. It gives them an advantage in the job market and sets them up for a  successful career path. Historically Black students have faced many barriers when integrating themselves into the working world and this program provides them with opportunities that will allow them to excel. It will provide them with integrated work experiences, mentorship, and will also connect students with Black business professionals within their community. This program enables our students to be active participants in the growth of Black-owned businesses. We are asking for businesses to take part in this program and to invest in the Black workforce.

The program has recently expanded to include Indigenous students as well as members of other racialized communities.  This expansion is an excellent opportunity for businesses to recruit new talent for short-term work/projects while also diversifying their workforce.

Employer or an employer-related association (local, regional, provincial, national) in partnership with a publicly funded Canadian University/College/Polytechnic ( including specific department’s disciplines and/or faculties).


Centennial Students will be enrolled within these programs

  • Engineering Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Advertising and Communications


What are the benefits of Work Integrated Learning?

WIL provides a vast array of benefits for many businesses. Students will contribute to many projects while filling the gaps where businesses currently do not have the capacity.

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Gaining access to new ideas and thinking based on emerging research within your industry.
  • Investing into the new generation of Black workers.
  • Building your company profile by having great reviews from student placements.
  • Short term assistance for staff coverage, small projects and other recruitment needs (280 to 420 hours per semester)
  • Eligibility for Co-operative Education Tax Credit for private businesses
  • Recognition from the BBPA and Centennial College as an industry partner who fosters Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in their workforce

How can my business apply for this program?

Select the register button below and follow the instructions on the form.

when can I register my business for this program?

This program is available for registration as of June 1, 2021.

What businesses are eligible ?

This applies to all businesses within Canada.


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