CO-OP Concept and Benefits

Co-operative education is a three-way partnership between the University, students and employers. Students apply their classroom knowledge to a series of four-month work experiences. You enhance someone's education, while reaping the unique benefits of CO-OP employment.

Only the best University of Ottawa students qualify for the CO-OP program. In general, students begin their first work term after completing two years of study. In the Program, work terms generally last 15 weeks and alternate with four month study terms. Work and study sequences vary from one field of study to another.

The CO-OP program is optional, and students are admitted according to academic achievement.  They are closely monitored throughout the academic and work terms, thereby ensuring our employers benefit from the best quality students. You may choose from French-speaking, English-speaking and bilingual students.

Employer Benefits
  • You gain year-round access to well-motivated, qualified employees.
  • You can evaluate potential full-time staff in a controlled environment, reducing your costs and risks.
  • You have access to a cost-effective source of temporary employees for peak periods or special projects.
  • By working with the university, you gain input into what students learn.
  • You promote your organization as one that's interested in developing the potential of young people.
Profit from Tax Credits
  • Both the Ontario and the Quebec governments provide a Co-operative Education Tax Credit to businesses hiring students enrolled in a recognized CO-OP education program.

Obtain the form from the Ministry of Finance (Government of Ontario)

NEW: Enhancing the Co-operative Education Tax Credit

  • The 2009 Ontario Budget introduced enhancements to the Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC), effective for eligible expenditures incurred after March 26, 2009, that will:
    • increase the 10 per cent CETC rate to 25 per cent and the enhanced 15 per cent rate for small businesses to 30 per cent;
    • increase the maximum tax credit available from $1,000 to $3,000 per work placement.

Obtain the form from the “Ministère du Revenu (Gouvernement du Québec) 

Financial Support and Funding Opportunities
Service Contracts

The University of Ottawa also offers employers the option of hiring students through service contracts. These arrangements allow you to hire a student who is paid through the University's payroll. You are then invoiced to cover the student's salary, benefits and administrative fees. Please contact the Director of Co-operative Education Programs to discuss the option of a service contract.

Student Salaries

As an employer, you pay students the going market rate. Wages vary and depend on the discipline, the student's experience, and the demand for students. Generally, salaries range from $500-$700 a week.

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