About Co-op

For Employers
For Students

International Co-op


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Co-op is a three-way partnership between the employer, the student, and the College. The success of the co-op partnership arises from a shared responsibility ensuring maximum benefits to all the participants.

Recruitment Period and Process

Students are available for a work term placement of approximately 3 months during the summer (May to mid-August).

The recruitment period usually begins in January and continues throughout the winter semester (January to May).

Steps to becoming a Co-op partner:

  1. Contact the Co-op Coordinator to discuss your employment needs
  2. Submit a job description to hire a student - (suggested template)
  3. Receive job applications from interested candidates via the Co-op Coordinator
  4. Select an applicant(s) for interview (either on site or at the College)
  5. Select your preferred candidate(s) and receive the best match
  6. Sign a work agreement outlining the objectives and conditions of the position
  7. Advise the student on their first day requirements (start time, location, sign in procedure etc.)
Employer Responsibilities

The student becomes an employee of the organization and as such should be treated as any other temporary employee regarding benefits and other employment requirements as defined by the Employment Standards Act or a Collective Agreement.

The employer:

  • Completes a work agreement (please see forms below) outlining the objectives and conditions of the employment
  • Provides a formal notification of the employment details (start and end times of the placement, hours of work, payment, sign in procedures etc.)
  • Provides an orientation to the workplace, layout, personnel, safety practices etc.
  • Informs the student with respect to workplace policies, practices, and operational guidelines and relevant learning resources
  • Provides suitable production activities related to the program and profession
  • Appoints a supervisor to instruct the student with respect to the duties and expectations of their role, provide professional guidance and regular instructive performance feedback
  • Liaises with the Co-op Coordinator regarding the student’s performance and any issues arising during the placement
  • Encourages the student to return to full-time studies in order to complete their diploma prior to offering full-time employment
  • Participates in any scheduled site visit or follow-up measures required
  • Completes and shares a performance evaluation (please see forms below) with the student and the College
  • Completes a record of hours form (please see forms below) for the student
College Responsibilities

The College:

  • ensures the integrity of its Co-operative Education Programs
  • develops and maintaining relevant Co-op programs which reflect the needs of employers
  • provides relevant academic training for students in their chosen career field
  • prepares co-op students for their work term with appropriate skills and attitude
  • ensures that students meet the established co-op eligibility guidelines
  • assists employers with their Co-op recruitment activities (e.g. job advertisements, forwarding applicants’ resumes, coordinate interview schedules etc.)
  • monitors student progress and performance in co-operation with employers
  • mediates work term issues/concerns to ensure appropriate resolution
Tax credit

A participating co-op employer based in Quebec may be eligible for a tax credit for a portion of the salary of both the student and supervisor. To find out more consult the Tax Credit Web site.


For more information, please contact:

Alain Beauparlant
Co-op Coordinator
Room 128
T. 819-778-2270 x1280