Updates and announcements
We continue to post roles, schedule interviews and extend offers.
We have students scheduled to go out this Summer whose knowledge spans many business areas, including Accounting and Finance, Business Technology, Marketing, Human Resources, Real Estate, Global Management, Economics, Law and Business, Retail, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship.
We recognize that during this time, finding the capacity to do these things can be difficult, and we are here to help make the process as seamless for you as we can. We not only have the capability to help you identify top student talent, but we can also support you by:
- Shortlisting top candidates based on applicants who have applied to your role(s)
- Targeting candidates for you based on profiles you discuss with our team
- Facilitating virtual or phone interviews
- Facilitating the sharing of Offers of Employment
- Supporting you through virtual on-boarding of new students
There are a number of programs that are available to employers to support you in hiring Ted Rogers Co-op Students:
- Student Work Placement Program, external link, opens in new window (SWPP)- providing employers with wage subsidies of up to 50%. This funding can be stacked with the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit, to increase the value to you (see below).
- There are several funding partners through which the subsidy can be pursued
- Please connect with our Corporate Partnerships, opens in new window team to help you decide which provider would best suit your needs
1. Ontario Chamber of Commerce – This organization serves students and employers across Canada.
12. Toronto Finance International, external link. This organization is a partner of the Program, but does not administer wage subsidies
- Technation Subsidy, external link, opens in new window - Technation has developed a wage subsidy program to support businesses by financing their decisions to hire a student for work-integrated learning opportunities and allowing students to be immersed in technology while applying their learning in real-world settings. This subsidy offers 50% up to $5000 per eligible student role. This funding can be stacked with the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit, to increase the value to you (see below).
- Co-operative Education Tax Credit, external link, opens in new window - corporations can claim 25% of eligible expenditures while small businesses can claim 30%, up to a maximum credit of $3,000 per work placement
- The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, external link, opens in new window- this provides a 75-per-cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
- Canada Emergency, external link, opens in new window Business Account, external link- will be implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC). This $25 billion program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profit companies, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
All Financial Incentive programming is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the links to ensure programs remain active and to understand your organization’s eligibility for program funding.
For students you have already hired or extended an offer to, we recognize changes may have to be made to the employment contract:
- Change of start date - should you need to push the start date from beginning of May to a later date, this is not a problem at all
- Adjusting hours of employment - should it become necessary to shift the student from full-time to part-time, we will ensure that students still receive a work term credit
- If a student does not feel safe - while on work term, if a student feels unsafe or feels they cannot continue, we have taken the position that Co-op students will not be negatively assessed
- Withdrawing Offers of Employment - if it becomes absolutely necessary to withdraw offers of employment, as the role no longer is required, please know, students will not be negatively impacted academically
If your organization has made the definitive decision to cancel roles, please let the student and the team know as soon as possible, so we can support them in searching for alternative opportunities.
If your organization is still in the process of deciding how to proceed with work terms, please keep us informed and let us know how we can help. Our team will work closely with you to ensure we have considered all options.
What we ask of you:
- Please notify the student(s) as well as the Co-op team of any material changes to the details of the work Term, including start/end dates, redeployment to other units or teams etc.
- If the role is classified as essential, and the student is not able to work from home, please be understanding should the student need to withdraw acceptance to ensure their own safety and the safety of their families (students who withdraw acceptances for this reason will not be negatively impacted academically).
To help prepare our students to support you, we require them to take three levels of Excel training before their first work term, and expect them to participate in other technical bootcamps over time.
Most of these sessions are offered in the evening and on weekends and are always well attended. In the last three weeks alone, we have had 1,000 registrations in the newly offered virtual format.
If there is one thing we know for sure, is that our students are eager to learn, even during a period of intense uncertainty.
For more information on Bootcamps, please visit the Bootcamps website., opens in new window
The Co-op team continues to bring in new opportunities for you every week, of which are posted on the portal.
We are also promoting and leveraging a number of financial programs to support employers in hiring students this Summer.
Your priority right now, however, is to focus your efforts on your job search, which means:
- Continue to apply to roles regularly
- Work with your Co-op Coordinator to ensure your applications make you stand out. Schedule an Appointment Here, external link, opens in new window
- Participate in Bootcamps so you can to position yourself better when applying and interviewing for roles. Having desirable skill sets can make you stand out during the screening process - remember you are competing with other students for the same roles
- Leverage your network. Use your LinkedIn account to let your network know you are looking. Let anyone interested know that the Ted Rogers Co-op team will work with them to find solutions that benefit you and them
We recently launched our new digital credential, Career Futures@Home, a program focused on preparing you for the job marketplace.
This unique, industry-based program, will provide you with various tools to allow you to enhance your technical and interpersonal skills. Participating in Bootcamps, prep programs, industry challenges, and a corporate sprint, are all part of the overall program.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the time period in which we can earn points?
- The Career Futures@Home program runs between May 1st, 2020- August 31, 2020. Points are to be earned during this period
What is a digital credential and why is it important?
- A digital credential is a "badge'"that will clearly state you have completed the Career Futures@Home program during Summer of 2020. The badge can be posted on your LinkedIn profile, and you can use it in your resume. In addition, you can speak to it during interviews with employers. It demonstrates your commitment to learning, even during a period of disruption
How does one earn the digital credential?
- Each hour of professional development learning is worth 1 point. You earn the digital credential by participating in at least 50 hours of verified programming
How do I verify my hours?
- If you register and fully participate in programming offered by the Business Career Hub (BCH), your hours are automatically tracked by us. There is no need for you to verify this learning
- For external learning, you will be required to produce a certificate of completion which states your name, the title of the program, the learning institute and the number of hours. These documents are to be submitted to BCH for verification
Do I have to apply for the credential?
- No, if you have completed your 50 hours with BCH, the credential will be issued to you automatically. It is up to you whether you wish to activate it and use it on LinkedIn
If you complete part of your 50 hours outside of BCH, then you will need to let us know that you wish to apply for the credential at the same time as submitting your documentation
Who do I submit my documentation to?
- You will submit all verification documents (for external learning) to email@example.com
How might I earn points through TRSS?
- If you are involved as a leader within TRSS, you can claim a maximum of 10 hours for volunteer work during the stated period. You will need a letter from the President of your student society verifying your hours
Ryerson has suspended all university-sanctioned international travel for students and staff until the end of the Fall 2020 academic term. All university-sanctioned international travel by faculty is to be avoided until August 31 or further notice.
For additional travel advice visit the Government of Canada's COVID-19 site, external link, opens in new window, external link, opens in new window.
At this time, in compliance with this suspension, the Ted Rogers Co-op Program is not able to approve credit for any role which requires international travel during this timeframe.
If you have already secured a work term that is abroad, please connect with your Co-op Coordinator immediately to discuss your options moving forward. We will give you access to the Co-op portal to pursue other opportunities.
Bootcamps help you better prepare for the workforce by providing you with industry-level technical training. The Bootcamp team has transitioned Bootcamps to a virtual format, and you are strongly encouraged to leverage this resource to continue building your skills and position you better for future work.
To see our current offerings, please review the PDF fileBootcamp schedule., opens in new window
We have developed a number of resources focused on thriving while working at home, and mindfulness.
Archive of webinars:
- Thriving@Home, external link, opens in new window - Join us for a lively discussion on caring for yourself and others with Ryerson experts, Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Shaffer who will share their tips for resilience in these challenging times
- Mindfulness@Home, external link, opens in new window - Learn about what mindfulness is, how to practice it and why it has been found to decrease stress and anxiety. Join Dr. Ellen Choi as she explains how mindfulness brings awareness to our emotions and psychical body and guides exercises that can help you feel more comfortable so that you can be more productive
If you are looking for financial assistance from the University, please review the following information on the Student Relief Fund, opens in new window, which lists and summarizes options available to you.
The government has announced a series of measures as part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan that will help Canadian students and recent graduates overcome challenges they may be facing.
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020, and $1,750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.
- Post-secondary students can earn up to $1,000 each month and still receive the benefit
- Students who have graduated within six-months of December 2019 are eligible
- International students do not qualify for the program, however, they can claim regular CERB if eligible
You can apply for the CESB benefit through the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) website starting in May.
We understand that this can be a challenging time and you may need to connect with us for a variety of reasons.
Whether you want to prepare an application, prep for an interview, or simply need someone to talk to, the team if available Monday to Friday for virtual appointments. You can schedule a 30 minute or 1 hour appointment, external link, opens in new window.