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Hire Ryerson Co-op

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Join a new kind of co-op program. Ryerson is your shortcut to finding Canada’s top talent!

Ryerson’s co-op program allows you to:

  • Get the right person for the right job: Instead of ranking and matching students for you, we let you choose who you want for the job.
  • Personalize your hiring process: During the recruitment cycle, our team uniquely accommodates your hiring timelines and aim to make the process easier by scheduling interviews and presenting offers on your behalf. More information about recruitment dates can be found under the "How to Hire Ryerson Co-op Students" tab on this page.
  • Get experienced insights: We have nearly 30 years of experience delivering co-operative education.
  • Diversify your talent pool: We are home to one of Canada’s most diverse student populations.
  • Get the timing right: Our students can start working in January, May, or September, and can work for 4, 8, 12, or 16 months, depending on their program.

That’s not all. Our talent is different, too. Ryerson co-op students have a competitive edge because they:

  • Have technical know-how: Our students have studied for 2 or more years before starting work terms, so they arrive ready to work.
  • Undergo rigorous training: We provide our students with a comprehensive co-op development program before they begin so that they can hit the ground running.
  • Think innovatively: Ryerson’s focus on experiential learning makes for students who are forward-thinking, innovative problem solvers. The kind of people you want working for you.

Did you know that you could receive up to $10,000 for each co-op student you hire through funding programs and tax credits. The following are government funding programs available to partially offset the cost of hiring co-op students.

Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. Employers can receive wage subsidies of up to 50% of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for under-represented students, including women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Indigenous students, persons with disabilities, and newcomers.

SWPP is administered and distributed by the following organizations in order to create and deliver work-learning opportunities for students in STEM and business.

Please visit individual organization websites below to explore the eligibility and subsidy guidelines.

Biotalent Canada, external link

Contact 1-866-243-2472

 

Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada), external link

Contact info@eco.ca or 1-800-890-1924

 

Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC), external link

Contact info@ictc-ctic.ca or 1-613-237-8551

 

Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), external link

Contact 1-905-602-8345

 

Canadian Council for Aerospace and Aviation (CCAA), external link

Contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, 613 727 8272 extension 247

tdaviswoodhouse@avaerocouncil.ca

 

Magnet, external link, opens in new window

Contact through the Magnet Student Work Placement Program contact form, external link.

 

Aspire, external link

Contact 1-416-933-6780

 

Mining Industry Human Resources Council Gearing Up Program, external link

Contact 1-877-424-8913

 

Electricity Human Resources Canada Empowering Futures, external link

Contact 1-613-235-5540

 

Ventures for Canada, external link

Contact through the Ventures for Canada contact form, external link.

Ontario Co-op Education Tax Credit, external link

The Co-operative Education Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit. It is available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college. The tax credit is based on salaries and wages paid to a student in a co-operative education work placement. Corporations can claim 25 percent of eligible expenditures (30 per cent for small businesses). The maximum credit for each work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months.

Ontario Innovation Tax Credit (OITC), external link

OITC allows eligible corporations to claim a 10% refundable tax credit, up to $300,000 per year for qualified expenditures on scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) performed in Ontario. Qualified expenditures include salaries and wages of employees directly engaged in SR&ED.

Ontario Credits, Benefits and Incentives for businesses, external link

Other tax credits offered by the Ontario Government to help lower costs, hire/train workers, compete in the marketplace and support various sectors.

Valuing Ability Employment, external link

The Valuing Ability Employment stream provides assistance to employers towards the hiring and training of college/university students or recent graduates (within 4 years of graduation) with disabilities. Employers can receive funding for training support (up to eight weeks) and up to four employees or Co-operative Education Program (CO-OP) students under the program. The position must provide meaningful work experience (i.e. perform work functions that are a regular requirement of the organization); personal services are not eligible.  Employees/co-op students self-identify as having a disability. Eligible employment is for a full-time position for a minimum of four months.

Canada Summer Jobs, external link

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative by the Government of Canada for eligible not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (50 or fewer employees) who create summer job opportunities for full-time students age 15 to 30 intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program, external link

Through the SR&ED Program, the federal government offers up to 35% investments tax credits for Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors that conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes.

Claimants can apply for SR&ED investment tax credits for expenditures such as wages, materials, machinery, equipment, some overhead, and SR&ED contracts.

Yves Landry Foundation - AIME (Achieving Innovation & Manufacturing Excellence) Initiative, external link

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Yves Landry Foundation provides grants up to $50,000 per company for eligible manufacturing companies to foster training that will lead to advancements and innovation within the manufacturing sector in Ontario.

Ryerson Research Funding Opportunities

There is a wide range of external and university funding sources to support Ryerson scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities. Staff of the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI) are available to discuss individual SRC interests with faculty members and to provide funding opportunity information. Some opportunities and deadlines are listed below.

Workshops are held throughout the year to provide updates on funding agencies, funding and proposal development, etc. Information is also communicated to faculty members through the various email listservs.

Smartstart Seed Fund, external link

Help young entrepreneurs from the ages of 18 to 29, and entrepreneurs from 30+ years across Ontario, launch and build their technology and innovation based start-ups with up to $35,000 in funding.

MITAC Accelerate Program, external link

Solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need — your financial contribution starts at $7,500.

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Step #1 - Job postings

Submit a job description and we'll post it

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Step #2 - Pre-screening

Identify your top candidates

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Step #3 - Interviews

Meet the candidates at your office or ours — whatever’s easier for you

Once you’ve found the perfect fit, we’ll work with you to finalize the details and get started.

Our hiring process begins four months in advance of the start of each work term. Remember, the hiring process can take 2 to 4 weeks, so contact us early to get the process started.

NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facilitating virtual interviews. In fact, we offer the option of virtual interviews at all times.

For more information, or to get started on hiring a Ryerson co-op student, reach out to us or visit us online at coop@ryerson.ca, opens in new window or call us at 416-979-5068.

Ryerson uses a continuous hiring process where jobs are posted on a first-come, first-served basis until all students are hired. There is no rank/match process.

The following steps may take 2 - 4 weeks depending on the employer:

1. Advertisement

2. Application

3. Interviews

4. Selection

Job descriptions are submitted by employers and posted for students to apply.

Students apply. Applications are sent to employers to be pre-screened for interviews.

Employers choose students for interviews hosted at the company site or Ryerson.

Employers select students and notify co-op staff. Then co-op staff relays offers to the students.

This is the recruiting cycle:

To have students start working in... Post jobs during…

January - April

May

May - August

September

September - December

January

The wages listed below represent a compilation of historical salary and wage data reported by students and employers. Salaries and wages are subject to change based on employer preferences and prevailing wages in various industry sectors. The actual salary/wage a student will receive is determined between the student and you as the employer during the hiring process. The rates are presented in Canadian dollars per hour before deductions.

Program

1st Work Term

2nd Work Term

3rd Work Term

4th Work Term 

5th Work Term

Architectural Science

$19.01

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

$19.53

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

$20.96

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

$21.97

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $25.00

N/A

Chemical Engineering

$18.82

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$20.25

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $35.00

$22.23

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $37.00

$23.51

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $37.00

$25.63

(average)

Low: $17.00

High: $39.00

Computer Science

$19.81

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$21.36

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $35.00

$24.11

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $37.00

$26.68

(average)

Low: $17.00

High: $37.00

$28.23

(average)

Low: $18.00

High: $40.00

Occupational Health & Safety and Public Health & Safety

$18.20

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $27.00

$19.27

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$20.14

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $30.00

$21.14

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $30.00

$22.10

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $30.00

Science (Biology, Biomedical Sciences Chemistry, Financial Math, Math & Its Applications, Medical Physics)

$20.19

(average)

Low: $14.00

High: $27.00

$21.56

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $29.00

$22.77

(average)

Low: $15.00

High: $31.00

$24.32

(average)

Low: $16.00

High: $45.00

$25.01

(average)

Low: $17.00

High: $45.00

Note: For wage information on Ryerson's business co-op programs, please visit the Ted Rogers School's Business Career Hub Co-op page.

Recognizing that some employers prefer to conduct their hiring within specific time lines, the co-op staff created the chart below to outline the dates during which we expect the majority of our students will be recruited.

Students and employers can negotiate specific employment start and end dates during the hiring process.

Recruiting Activity

Fall Term (September - December)

Winter Term (January - April)

Summer Term (May - August)

Job Posting

May - August

September - December

January - April

Applications to employers for screening

Within 5-7 business day of job posting

Within 5-7 business day of job posting

Within 5-7 business day of job posting

Candidate Interviews & Offers

Determined by employer after screening

Determined by employer after screening

Determined by employer after screening

Work Term Begins

After Labour Day

After New Year’s Day

First Monday in May

Work Term Ends

As agreed to by student and employer, but before the start of classes in the following semester

As agreed to by student and employer

As agreed to by student and employer

Take a look at the Student section of the website for the list of Ryerson’s co-op programs.

Take a look at the Student section of the website for the work term schedules.

To recruit our co-op students, jobs for co-op credit must be:

  • paid work
  • full time hours (35 - 40 hrs/week)
  • at least 12 consecutive weeks (16 weeks is the norm).

You can recruit our co-op students in one of two ways:

Online: Proceed to create an account on our co-op portal.

By Email: Send us your job description to coop@ryerson.ca. Please include information on the term that you are hiring for (Fall, Winter or Summer) and the duration of employment (4, 8, 12 or 16 months).

If you have posted a job with us previously, we likely have it on file. Contact coop@ryerson.ca to ask for the version we have on file. 

If your job is part-time, volunteer, short-term, or a new graduate position, please get in touch with our Campus Engagement team at hire@ryerson.ca and they will help you meet your needs.

If you have a job for a co-op student studying one of the programs in the Ted Rogers School, please contact the staff in the Business Career Hub at trsmcoop@ryerson.ca.

If you have an internship for a student studying an engineering program other than chemical engineering, please contact the staff in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science’s co-operative internship program at feashiring@ryerson.ca.

“We’ve seen very strong Ryerson candidates during the interview process and being supported by mature and experienced hungry students has been very beneficial to us.”

Stephen Coady, Program Manager, Apotex

For more information, or to get started on hiring a Ryerson co-op student, reach out to us.

Email: coop@ryerson.ca

Phone: 416-979-5068