55% of undergraduate students completed some type of WIL during their studies in 2015, according to the Canadian University Survey Consortium.

For that matter, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada defines work-integrated learning (WIL) as “a model and process of education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies with learning in a workplace or practice setting.”
 
To improve the employment rate of young people and stimulate the country’s economy, the federal government announced a new $73 million program that aims to create around 10,000 new paid internships in the next four years.

The program targets post-doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM fields) as well as in business administration.


Source : University Affairs.