Benefits and Responsibilities

Top Reasons to Hire a Co-op Student

  • The opportunity to promote your business to University of Toronto students and faculty!
  • The opportunity to easily assess candidates for future full-time opportunities!
  • The talent, enthusiasm and great ideas our students will bring to your organization!
  • Networking opportunities: breakfasts, information panels, mock interviews and more!
  • Our staff act as strategic partners with a genuine interest in your needs - we offer flexible and efficient service!
  • Flexibility in work term timing, interviewing and service requirements!
  • Tax Credit incentives: receive up to $3000 tax credit per student.
  • We can connect you with the rest of the University community!

As a Co-op Employer your responsibilities are:

  • To ensure the work hours are a minimum of 35 hours per week for 12 weeks in each four-month work period.
  • To ensure that positions are paid at a rate comparable to industry standards.
  • To prepare and sign an employment contract (along with the student) indicating the terms and conditions of employment, the period of employment, hours of work per week and rate of pay for the student hired. The student's job description should be attached to the employment contract. If you do not have a standard employment contract, we can help you create one.
  • To ensure that the student's work is consistent with what is stated in their job description.
  • To supervise and guide the student during the placement and report any concerns to the Co-op Coordinator.
  • To complete a mid-term and final evaluation and discuss the results with the Co-op student. At the time of the mid-term evaluation, it is requested that each supervisor and student meet for an on-site visit with one of the Co-op Coordinators to discuss the student's progress.
  • To provide a welcoming and skill-developing co-op experience for the student.

The Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE) has developed a quick summary of tips and techniques for employers to ensure they derive the maximum benefit from hiring a co-op student. If you are new to hiring co-op students, you will find the CAFCE website to be a helpful reference.