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Career Boost/ Work Study Research Assistant on Campus Program 

The program provides on-campus employment to eligible full time undergraduate students returning to Ryerson.

Students may apply if they have been approved for OSAP or out-of-province student funding and have a Notice of Assessment.

The program works in partnership with academic units, administrative units, faculty, staff and students to support the practice and scholarship of learning at Ryerson University.

Important for all students:
If you are a student applying for approval, but do not wish to receive any of your OSAP/out of province loans please ensure that you do the following:

  1. Residents of Ontario: Print and upload your signature in order to receive a Notice of Assessment by email. Any students eligible for grants can fill out the Request for Grant Only Funding form if they choose to only access grants and no loan.
  2. Residents from outside of Ontario: Print and submit your signature pages to the province with which you applied for a loan.

View Program Details and Significant Dates below.

Program Details
Duration Fall: September 6 - December 9, 2016
Winter: January 9 - April 7, 2016
Number of weeks Maximum: 27 weeks
(Fall: 14 weeks, Winter: 13 weeks)
Number of positions per student A student can hold only one on campus Career Boost or Work study Research Assistant position per semester. Research Assistant positions are granted and administered through Office of Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI).
Hourly Wage & Funding Model Hourly Wage:
Minimum $11.50/hour to $14.00/hour plus 4% vacation pay and 8.70% benefit rate*

Funding model:

The program will subsidize $10.00/hour of the total cost (salary + vacation + benefits) to a maximum of $2,000/student per term. Employers are responsible for the additional hourly rate plus vacation pay and benefits. Unused funding from Fall cannot be carried over to winter term.

Maximum earning per student:

  • Up to $2,000 per student for the Fall
  • Up to $2,000 per student for the Winter

Guides to assist departments with tracking:
Career Boost Hiring Calculator
Career Boost Funding Declining Balance Sheet

Hours per week Maximum 15 hours - no overtime
Eligibility The program is open to full time undergraduate students who have applied and received confirmation of approval to participate.


Significant Dates
August 22 - December 2
Students interested in participating in the on campus Career Boost/Work study Research Assistant program must submit an online application and receive approval prior to accepting or commencing work.
December 9 Last day of work before holidays.
Any student hours submitted between December 10 - January 8 will have all expenses charged back to the employer.
January 9 Approved students go back to work or start their winter term employment.
January 9 - 20 SFA will audit all academic records to ensure students have maintained academic requirements. Students who have failed to maintain a full-time course load, clear academic standing or CGPA greater than 1.67 will be contacted by email. You will be paid for any hours worked and will need to resign from your position.
March 30 Deadline for students to enter their final week's hours worked into eHR in order to receive pay.
April 7 Program ends. Last day of employment.

How do I apply?

Step One Apply Online
The application to apply for a Fall Winter approval is now open. Please apply before December 2. 
*Please do not submit applications between 12am to 2am as the server is down for maintenance.*

Step Two Search
If approved, apply for positions and print a copy of the email approval for your interview(s).  

Step Three Prepare
Forward a copy of the emailed approval to prospective employers prior to any scheduled interview(s). Employers may only hire approved students. 

Step Four Review
Once you secure a position, review the commonly FAQ and obligations you have as a  employed student by going here
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