... Boost Your Career: Engage in the Work-Integrated Learning Program | Business Council of Manitoba ...

Boost Your Career: Engage in the Work-Integrated Learning Program

Welcome to the Work-Integrated Learning Program

The Business Council’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program was established in 2022 in conjunction with the Council’s Indigenous Education Awards Program. The goal of the WIL Program is to increase Indigenous representation in the labour market and specifically, in Council member businesses while providing a safe and valuable work experience opportunity for the awards recipients.

Discovering the Benefits of the WIL

The Business Council of Manitoba conducted a review of its Indigenous Education Awards Program (IEAP). IEAP provides financial awards to Indigenous post-secondary students based on financial need, while requiring the students to maintain the minimum scholastic standards of their program.

The review made several recommendations for improvement to the 20-year-old IEAP. The major gap identified in the IEAP was the lack of a WIL component, no work placements, no organized mentorship, and lack of networking opportunities for participants. 

Further, Business Council members indicated increasing Indigenous recruitment and retention is a priority for industry. The increased awareness of multi-generational trauma and systemic barriers within organizations, combined with a spirit of Reconciliation and the awards review results, have led to an opportunity to create an innovative, integrated work program to increase Indigenous inclusion in industry.


If you have been awarded a Business Council of Manitoba Indigenous Award, you are eligible to participate in the WIL program provided you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen of Canada and permanent resident of Manitoba, having resided in Manitoba for the last 12 months 
  • You plan to attend one of the recognized post-secondary educational institutions in Manitoba in the upcoming year in any discipline (trades, business, science, general studies, etc.)
  • You plan to maintain a full time minimum 60% course load
  • You are in need of financial assistance

If you are receiving funding from other sources, you may still apply for this Award to cover additional costs.

The Work Integrated Learning program is sponsored by

Thank you to our sponsors for your support of WIL


The Business Council of Manitoba’s Indigenous Education Awards Program was established in 2001. Over the years, the program has partnered with various levels of government and the Winnipeg Foundation to provide over 2,600 awards totaling more than $6 million to Indigenous students.

The Business Council is committed to assist in providing opportunities for Indigenous Manitobans to achieve a post-secondary education and contributed to moving our province forward toward a better future.

Please review our members to explore all available work place opportunities

Thank you to all our members who contribute to the success of our programs