Ignite Employer

Ignite Work Study - Faculty/Staff Information

Ignite Work-Study is an inclusive employment program that funds a variety of on-campus part-time jobs for UWindsor students. All positions are paid and provide valuable experiences and opportunities for students to gain career-ready skills to help them prepare for life post-graduation. 

Key Dates

Important job proposal dates for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 terms:

Applications Open: June 3, 2024 Application Deadline: July 8, 2024 First day of Work: September 9, 2024

Submit an Ignite Job Proposal

Please note that there will not be a winter call for Ignite job proposals. Employers interested in hiring an Ignite students for the winter 2025 term must apply by July 8th.

Program objectives

The Ignite-Work Study Program focuses on students' career and skills development. The objective of the program is to:

  • Help students gain career-ready skills through experiential learning. 
  • Provide mentorship and supervision for students
  • Encourage students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations, enhancing their understanding and retention of material while developing practical skills.

How does the program work?

  • Ignite accepts job proposals twice a year, in March/April for the summer term and in June/July for the fall and winter terms.
  • Job proposals are received and evaluated by the Ignite team.
  • Successful job proposals are granted funding of $1,000 per term per position.

Funding & wage subsidy information

Ignite accepts job propsals twice a year, in March/April for the summer term, and June/July for the academic term (Fall and Winter terms)

Job proposal submitted are evaluated by the Ignite team. Success jobs will be granted $1,000 per term per position on actual expenditures on hourly wage, vacation pay, and other mandatory costs associated with paying the students (EI, CPP, EHT, etc.). Any expenditures over and above the funding allocation from Ignite will be the responsibility of the department.

  • It is the responsibility of the supervisor and department to keep track of how many hours the Ignite student(s) worked to ensure that they stay within budget. 
  • Ignite students must be paid from the supervisor’s departmental budget or research grant student casual wage account with a WKS classification ending in 81520.
  • Supervisors will set rate of pay (must pay at least $16.55/hour minimum wage)
  • A student can only hold one Ignite-funded position each year and supervisors will be reimbursed a maximum of $1,000 for each student in a position 
  • Ignite-funded positions can be shared across multiple students and/or supervisors can hire a new student into an Ignite position if an earlier hire does not fulfill the role and use up the allocated funding. 
  • Leaving a significant portion of allocated funds unused may reduce likelihood of receiving future funding.

Employers can restrict the number of hours that they approve for a student to ensure that all costs are covered. If you wish to contain all costs related to hiring a student within the subsidized amount ($1,000), then the funding will cover approximately 52 hours in each academic term or 104 hours across both terms at minimum wage ($17.20 per hour). Of course, if your budget allows, we encourage you to invite the student to work beyond the subsidized amount.

If you choose to pay your student(s) more than minimum wage and would like to stay within the subsidy, the number of hours per term they work needs to be reduced. For approximate calculations of how many hours per term your student can workplease visit this website. Any student hours worked, or wages paid in excess of the wage subsidy funding will be the responsibility of the department.

Faculty/Staff resources for hiring an Ignite student

Submitting an Ignite Job Proposal

Hiring an Ignite Student Process


For questions related to the Ignite Work Study Program, contact ignite@uwindsor.ca or call 519.253.3000 x 2577.