COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions for CO-OP Employers

We have received many questions about the impact of potential work disruptions due to COVID-19. We have listed some common FAQ below to address your concerns:

Can I request that my CO-OP students work from home?

The University of Ottawa CO-OP is advising students to follow their employers’ instructions, whether they be to work from home or self-isolate. We will allow CO-OP students to work from home, but understand that not all CO-OP employment is conducive to remote work.

What if there is a COVID-19 case on my work site?

Please inform the CO-OP Office if there is any risk of exposure for our students and resulting actions, such as work site relocation or work from home. Please inform your primary contact or email as soon as possible.

Is the CO-OP office still open?

Please note: As of August 31st, the CO-OP Office will be partially open with limited frontline services. While we still encourage you to contact us by email ( or by phone (613-562-5741) our office will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for those of you that would like stop by.

How will interviews be done for future placements?

In the context of COVID-19, we are shifting to remote interviews. If you are hiring for winter 2021, we will be happy to arrange phone or video interviews. 

My organization is now uncertain about our winter hiring plans. What should we do?

We are very flexible regarding work term start dates and encourage you to consider a start date as late as February 8, 2020. All requests for internships starting after February 8 will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

How will our eligibility for the Ontario CO-OP Tax Credit be affected?

The tax credit applies to work terms of a minimum of 10 weeks. Therefore, we are already past this 10-week minimum. See the Ontario Provincial Co-operative Education Tax Credit website for more information.

Shall you have any more questions about grants, please get in touch with your respective CO-OP Coordinator.

Can I still hire students for the coming CO-OP terms?

Yes, you will still be able to post jobs and we will still schedule interviews. Interviews will be arranged by phone or video only. However, due to the current circumstances, international placements won’t be possible until further notice.

Info for Winter 2021 Work Term
Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, will employers still be able to recruit CO-OP students for the Winter 2021 term?

The Winter 2021 CO-OP placement recruitment process will still go ahead, but will be conducted virtually on a continuous basis. Students will start applying for jobs on September 21st and will continue applying for jobs every day. Given that Fall 2020 term classes are being offered online and the campus has not fully reopened, and given that employers are working remotely, a virtual continuous placement process offers more flexibility to both students and employers. Please reach out to your CO-OP program coordinator (representative) or send an email to our office for further details.

What does a “virtual continuous placement format” mean?

There will not be a rank-and-match process. Instead, jobs will go live on September 21st, interviews will begin on September 30, and the process will continue to run until all students are matched. Interviews will be done by phone or video and as always, you are required to provide students with at least 48-hours’ notice of these interviews.

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