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How We Are Supporting our Employer Partners this Summer Work Term

The Ted Rogers School of Management remains diligent in supporting you by being ready to help in any way we can; to provide as much flexibility as possible; and to continue to help you match student talent with your current needs this Summer and Fall.

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 will be increased flexibility this Summer in what qualifies for a Co-op work term.

We are offering you more flexibility in start and end dates.

  • A typical Co-op work term requires 12-16 weeks of full-time work (420 hours), however, this Summer we will allow work terms of shorter durations; we are removing the minimum hours requirement for the Summer term
  • We are working with each of our employer partners to find unique solutions that best fit your needs. Our focus is on providing students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience
  • We are encouraging students to work with more than one employers over the course of the work term to accommodate project work
  • Many of our students are starting an 8 month work term this Summer - you have the option to hire them mid-way through the Summer knowing you will have them until the end of December 

There  are a number of programs that are available to employers to support you in hiring this Summer.

  • 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 funding can be stacked with the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit, to increase the value to you 
  • Co-operative Education Tax Credit, external link - 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 - this provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020
  • Canada Emergency 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
  • Student Work Placement Program, external link (SWPP) - providing employers with wage subsidies of up to 50%-70%. This funding can be stacked with the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit, to increase the value to you (see below)

Just announced, the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) has been expanded and there is more now flexibility:

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 for the Summer, 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 Summer Co-op 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).

We have developed a virtual onboarding toolkit, opens in new window to support our employer partners with their virtual onboarding of students this Summer.

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 our website, opens in new window.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Corporate Partnerships Team., opens in new window

A Student Guide to Co-op this Summer Work Term

The Canadian Government, in partnership with a number of other organizations, has created funding opportunities for employers. The funding provides employers with a wage subsidy when hiring Co-op students. This is good news.

The Student Work Placement Program which can be used to help fund any Co-op employment opportunity, and the Technation Subsidy which provides funding for technology focused opportunities.

These programs, along with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, provide employers with an increased opportunity to bring on Co-op students.

The Government of Canada recently announced additional funding and programming to support students for the summer, including $9 billion in new funding for student work opportunities. We are currently reviewing the details of this announcement to understand the impact it will have on Co-op. More information will be shared with you as we understand how we can leverage this new funding to benefit you.

We will be organizing a virtual info session to provide you all with information about all the funding and how these programs will impact you this summer. More details and registration link to come soon.  

There will be increased flexibility this Summer in what qualifies for a work term credit.

The following are some options we are offering students and employers:

  • Hours worked to qualify for Co-op credit
    • A typical work term requires 12-16 weeks of full-time work, however, this Summer we are providing flexibility in what is accepted
    • Flexible start and end dates for Summer work terms - in other words a work term may involve less hours than typically expected
  • Alternative working arrangements
    • Working with more than one employer over the course of the work term  - in other words you may explore working part-time with several employers over the course of the Summer
    • The potential for short, contract projects to be accepted for work term credit
    • Although we typically do not approve unpaid or volunteer roles, we may consider this option if you feel the role is relevant to a skill set you wish to develop

Any student may bring forward whatever alternatives they may find and petition for those options to be considered for the Summer 2020 work term.

In the event that you are unable to secure a work term this summer, the important thing for you to know is that you will not be penalized, within the co-op program, for it.

Options are being put in place to ensure that any student who is unable to secure a role for the summer 2020 work term can continue in the co-op program as normal, with minimal impact on your academics and graduation. We are exploring options to change the required number of co-op work terms necessary to graduate with the co-op Designation. 

It is our preference and goal, of course, that students find paying opportunities, whether they be full or part-time roles which would help support you financially for your next academic semester.

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?

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

The University is providing you with the option of maintaining your assigned letter grade, choosing to replace your final undergraduate course grade/s with a credit (CRD), or to drop your course without academic penalty with a no credit (NCR) grade.

As a follow-up to this message, we are providing you further clarification around how your choices this semester may impact your eligibility to remain in the Co-op program.

As you know there is an expectation that you will maintain your CGPA while in the Co-op program. 

Here is a summary of what you need to know:

  1. For the purposes of calculating CGPA for ongoing academic standing in the Co-op program, any course with a CRD or an NCR designation will not be included
  2. For the purposes of course completion requirements being met for the ongoing maintenance of academic standing within the Co-op program, courses with a CRD designation will be included, but courses with an NCR designation will not

All students enrolled in the School of Accounting and Finance must maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.67 or above and also must achieve a satisfactory grade ('C+' or higher) in each the following courses:

AFA 100 - Introductory Financial Accounting
AFA 200 - Management Accounting
AFF 210 - Principles of Finance I
AFF 310 - Principles of Finance II
QMS 130 - Quantitative Business Analysis

1. Students achieving a C+ or higher in the courses stated above have the option of choosing to replace final undergraduate course grade(s) with a credit (CRV). This CRV grade will count as a credit towards program requirements, but will not be included in the GPA calculations.

2. Students with a grade lower than 'C+' in any of the above stated courses will be given the option of choosing to replace final undergraduate course grade(s) with a no credit (NCR). This NCR grade will not count as a credit towards program requirements and will not be included in the GPA calculations. 

3. SAF Students who currently have a Probationary Academic Standing or intend to transfer to programs outside of SAF should refer to the email sent by the School of Accounting and Finance ( on the morning of Thursday, April 9, 2020 for more information. 

Should you have any questions regarding this change, please do not hesitate to contact your SAF Student Advisors, Dan or Jelena, by email at or by booking an appointment., external link

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.

For more information please visit the Government of Canada's website. , external link, opens in new window

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