Is the Co-op Option Right for Your Business?

Students from virtually every academic discipline and occupational field are available for Co-op employment and the benefits to Employers can be significant. Employers may be eligible for the Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC).

When is a Co-op Student a Good Option?

  • Business is expanding
  • Urgent tasks are not getting done
  • Senior staff wasting time performing entry-level tasks
  • "Burnout" from workload affecting permanent staff
  • Difficulty making new computer and other technologies work
  • Lack of good candidates for full-time positions
  • Hiring too many freelancers and consultants
  • Busy periods requiring temporary staff
  • Staff on leaves-of-absence
  • Organization would benefit from a more youthful workforce

Benefits to Employers

  • Introduction of bright, energetic workers to the organization
  • Quality staff for short term or ongoing projects
  • Access to up-to-date knowledge and skills
  • Opportunity to evaluate potential full-time employees
  • Year-round availability
  • Flexible work term lengths
  • Reasonable cost

Employer Incentives

When you hire a Co-op student, you may qualify for a tax credit from the Ontario and Canadian Federal Governments. > Learn more about the Co-op Tax Credit

How to Hire a Co-op Student

  • Use the search feature on this website to identify the schools most likely to have students with the knowledge and skills your organization requires
  • Prepare a detailed job description for the Co-op position, including information on your organization
  • Send the position description to the school(s) where you want to advertise for Co-op students* You will receive the applications of interested students
  • Review the applications and select interview candidates
  • Conduct interviews and make hiring decision Notify the school(s) of your hiring decision

Roles & Responsibilities

Guidelines for the conduct of the three parties involved in Co-operative education; employers, students, and institutions, include but are not limited to the following:

Co-op Employers
Provide work that is related to a program of study at a Co-op institution and similar in content to the work performed by full time employees in their organization, adjusted to take into account the students' experience level.  > Read More

Co-op Schools
Develop Co-operative education employment opportunities with public and private sector employers that fulfill the Co-operative education requirements.  > Read More

Co-op Students
Maintain acceptable academic standing according to the regulations of their Co-op program. > Read More

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