Government of Canada will provide over $4.4 million to Venture for Canada for the Providing Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities for Students at Innovative Atlantic SMEs project, which will help 505 students in the business and entrepreneurial fields develop skills and gain valuable workplace experience in the Atlantic region. The Government of Canada is rolling out a $73 million Student Work Placements Program to create over 10,000 paid student work placements in STEM and business fields over the next 4 years and to facilitate stronger partnerships between employers and partnering polytechnics, universities and colleges. This is in addition to funding provided to Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that provides research internships with a goal of creating 10,000 work placements per year. Sean Casey made the announcement at Startup Zone in Charlottetown, together with Venture for Canada. Venture for Canada, a not-for-profit organization, fosters entrepreneurship by supporting recent graduates to work at Canadian start-ups and equips them with the skills, network and experience necessary to launch their own firms.