Post-Secondary Institutions

CEWIL Canada's mission is to build the capacity to develop future-ready students through quality work-integrated learning. Through an engaged partnership between a post-secondary institution, an employer, and a student, everyone benefits.

Benefits for Post-Secondary Institutions

  • WIL programs attract top-quality, well-motivated students, which leads to increased enrollment.
  • WIL students improve the institution’s visibility and reputation through their interactions with the community.
  • Institutions gain information on current research and development in employer sectors, which leads to collaboration opportunities.
  • Because of their increased engagement, WIL students enrich the general educational community of the campus.
  • Institutions receive feedback from employers on the quality and relevance of program curriculum.

Co-operative Education Recruiting Ethics

The successful recruitment of co-operative education students depends upon the collective activities of three parties: the interested employer, the co-op student, and the associated educational institution. All participants must adhere to Provincial and Federal legislation in their recruitment and employment practices. However, CEWIL (formerly the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education) supports additional guidelines concerning recruiting ethics that support the development of a mutually beneficial and fair process for all concerned.

  • Inform students, employers, and other interested parties of institutional policies and procedures.
  • Provide equal services to all students and employers.
  • Accommodate employers' reasonable requests for job postings, interview space, and presentation facilities.
  • Provide students with accurate information on all recruiting employers.
  • Notify the employer of any hiring limitations prior to them conducting interviews.
  • Notify employers of any students who, after being hired, are not academically eligible to continue in their program.

Download a complete copy of Recruiting Ethics - Employer, Student, Institution.

Student Work Placement Program - SWPP

The Student Work Placement program gives post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study. Over 11,500 paid student work placements will be created by this program through 2021. ESDC works with Employer Delivery Partners. Employer Delivery Partners are a group of recognized associations and organizations that represent the interests of employers in industries.

They work with businesses and post-secondary education institutions to:

  • Provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements; and
  • Create partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs to recruit students for these placements.