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Career Boost

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.

View Program Details and Significant Dates below.

  Program Details
Duration Fall 2017: September 5th - December 8th
Winter 2018: January 8th - April 6th
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 (Effective January 1, 2018):
Minimum $14.00/hour to $17.00/hour plus 4% vacation pay and 8.75% benefit rate*

Funding Model:
The program will subsidize $11.00 per hour of the total cost (salary + vacation + benefits) to a maximum of $2,500 for each of the Fall and Winter Career Boost term. The department will be responsible for the additional hourly rate plus vacation pay and benefit rate.

Department Cost:

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 28 - December 8, 2017 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 commencing work.
October 27, 2017 Deadline for employers to hire Fall term students and process contracts.
January 8, 2018 Holidays end. Students go back to work and Winter term contracts start
January 26, 2018 Deadline for employers to hire Winter term students and process contracts.
April 6, 2018 Last day of employment for all students. Career Boost program ends.
  1. Review eligibility requirements and apply online.
  2. If approved, students may view job postings by logging into the Career Boost website or the Work Study Research Assistant Program.
  3. If you are successful in obtaining an interview, please bring a copy of your approval email to the interview.
  4. Once you’ve been offered and accepted a position, please review the Career Boost information on this page.

Am I Eligible?

  • You are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Ontario.
  • You have applied and have your notice of assessment for OSAP or an out of province loan funding.
  • Students who did not apply for a student loan this year are eligible to apply by providing an explanation on the online application.
  • You are enrolled in a minimum of 3 billing units in both the Fall and Winter term (2 billing units/term for students with a permanent disability).
  • You have a Clear academic standing and cumulative GPA 2.0 or better.
  • Your tuition fees in 2017-18 are more than $6218/year ($7354 for co-op programs) or book costs are more than $1,196/year. Not sure of your costs? Check PDFProgram Costs now.
  • You demonstrate a financial need of at least $100. (We will calculate your unmet need based on the financial information you report on the budget section of the approval application. This section allows a student to report their living costs and resources while in school. You will be able to preview your unmet need before you submit your application).

The $100 unmet need threshold does not mean the value of your OSAP or provincial loan amount. Students must apply for OSAP or provincial funding even if they have been assessed for $0 in student loans.

Students are not required or expected to take the student loan, but for purposes of the assessment the amount needs to be reported as an educational resource. The amount reported should include all loans and grant amounts.

For Spring/Summer

You are returning to Ryerson as a Full-time Undergraduate degree student the following year and have demonstrated this by submitting course intentions.

Career Boost & Research Assistant Programs

The Career Boost and Work Study Research Assistant Programs provide on campus work opportunities for students. This information has been provided to help guide you through the process and ensure you maintain eligibility.

  • Approval by Student Financial Assistance does not guarantee that all students will receive a position. It is the student’s responsibility to apply and interview for positions.
  • Students who receive a Career Boost or Research Assistant position must contact Student Financial assistance if there is a change in course load, CGPA and/or academic standing which may impact their eligibility. Students will be paid for any and all work already completed but may be required to resign from their position if they are no longer eligible.
  • Enter hours worked into eHR on a biweekly basis and ensure the employer approves worked hours by the payroll deadline. Monitor your hours to ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of hours allowable per week.
  • Students may only hold one position at any one time.  Students can apply for as many jobs as they wish, however once they’ve accepted a position and been hired, the student is expected to honour their commitment to one employer. If a student considers any subsequent offers they may not be eligible for funding if it appears they are job hopping. On a case-by-case basis, students planning to move from one position to another will be required to provide an explanation for the move and agreement from their employers.
  • Students going on a work term or exchange program for one term will be granted a conditional one term approval for the term that they are enrolled and attending classes (provided that they meet all other eligibility). These approvals can only be used to apply for one term positions and will expire at the end of the corresponding term. Students on exchange or a co-op work term for the entire school year are ineligible.

Student Responsibilities

Students can use this information as a checklist.

  • Apply for OSAP or an out-of-province student loan and secure a notice of assessment showing the amount of funding available. Or apply for a Career Boost approval and provide an explanation as to why you did not apply for a student loan on the online application.
  • Apply for student approval early and receive an approval first before scheduling any interviews.
  • Maintain a full-time course load, clear academic standing and cumulative grade point average greater than 2.0 in order to remain eligible for student approval and your position.
  • Contact Student Financial Assistance if there is a change in course load, CGPA and/or academic standing.
Finding a Job
  • Apply for Career Boost/ Work study research assistant jobs only after receiving an approval through email from Student Financial Assistance.
  • Give a copy of your approval to the employer at the start of the job interview.
  • Confirm the work hours and rate of pay during the job interview.
If You Get a Job
  • Ask the employer for a copy of the job responsibilities.
  • Ask the employer to outline their expectations, protocol for keeping in touch with supervisor, break times (if applicable) and reporting hours worked.
  • Ask the employer how work assignments and supervision of work will be managed.
  • Submit a request in advance to the employer to change hours worked. Provide an explanation and ask about any consequences if hours or days of work are changed.
  • Enter hours worked to eHR on a biweekly basis.
  • Check that employer approves worked hours by the payroll deadlines in eHR.
  • Monitor hours and do not exceed maximum hours per week.
Employer-Employee Relations
  • Ask the supervisor regularly for feedback about work performance.
  • The employer, in consultation with human resources, may terminate employment if student is not meeting job expectations or is frequently absent.
  • Submit the Experiential Learning Reflection Interview at the end of your work term.

Disclaimer: The Student Financial Assistance Office reserves the right to change the listed information and/or program values without notice. The availability and monetary value of the program are subject to change.