Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Option in Finance) program
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 6 in courses taken at the University of Ottawa
  • Have completed all your first-year course requirements, and be registered in your mandatory second-year fall and winter courses according to the program’s course sequence

Students who do not follow the course sequence due to equivalencies granted at the time of admission must communicate with the Undergraduate Office of the Telfer School as soon as possible, and no later than the end of their first study term, to discuss their eligibility with an Academic Advisor.

CO-OP programs have limited enrolment. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee you a place. Admission is based on your CGPA. We admit those with the highest CGPA first.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Study
4Work 3StudyWork 4

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
2StudyStudyWork 1
3StudyWork 2Work 3
4Work 4Study-

Course Schedule for Option in Finance


CO-OP fees

As a CO-OP student, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) for the session before your first work term and then for every work term, up to and including your last one.

Some of our employers include
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • American International Group (AIG)
  • BDO Canada LLP
  • Bank of Montreal (BMO)
  • Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
  • CNA Canada
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Desjardins Credit Union
  • Export Development Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Harris Computer Systems
  • Health Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • InterRent REIT
  • MD Financial Management
  • Manulife
  • National Defence
  • PSP Investments
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Sampford Advisors
  • Scotiabank
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Shopify
  • TD Bank Group
  • Treasury Board Secretariat Canada
  • University of Ottawa
Examples of tasks at work
  • Budget forecasts
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Invoicing
  • Reconciling bank statements
  • Research and analyze variances between budgetary figures and actual
  • Reversals of provisions
  • Setting up financial statements
  • Turning raw data into electronic spreadsheets and reports
Student salaries
Work term reports guidelines

You must submit your work term report through the CO-OP Navigator. The “Work Term Report” link can be found next to your work term, under the “My Evaluations” tab. The system will allow you to change or submit your report right up until the deadline for submission, and professors will be able to submit their comments and attach a corrected copy of your report online as well.

For confidential Work-Term Reports, please review guide and some instructions have been updated.

Academic coordinators
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