Working on campus as a research or teaching assistant through CO-OP

Can I be hired to work on campus as a research or teaching assistant through CO-OP?

In accordance with the collective agreement between the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2626, students can be hired to work on campus as research or teaching assistants through CO-OP.

All contracts in which job duties include research or teaching assistant tasks, as defined in the CUPE 2626 collective agreement, are subject to this collective agreement.

As stipulated in the CUPE collective agreement, students hired through CO-OP to work as campus-based research assistants must pay union dues.


Hourly rates of pay, including the 4% vacation pay, for research or teaching assistants hired through CO-OP - (fall 2020, winter 2021, summer 2021)

Academic level First CO-OP term Second CO-OP term Third CO-OP term Fourth CO-OP term Fifth CO-OP term
Undergraduate $15.31 $16.36 $17.50 $18.72 $20.07
Graduate (master’s) $20.07 $21.65 $23.38 $25.23 NA

Hourly rates of pay, including the 4% vacation pay, for research or teaching assistants hired through CO-OP - (fall 2021, winter 2022, summer 2022)

Academic level First CO-OP term Second CO-OP term Third CO-OP term Fourth CO-OP term Fifth CO-OP term
Undergraduate $15.47 $16.53 $17.67 $18.91 $20.27
Graduate (master’s) $20.27 $21.86 $23.61 $25.48 NA
  • These rates include the 4% vacation pay and are subject to change each year.
  • Rates of pay are determined by the student’s academic level and by how many CO-OP terms the student has completed.
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