About CEWIL

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), is the lead organization for work-integrated learning in Canada.

CEWIL partners with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers, government, and students to champion work-integrated learning (WIL). WIL is a model and process of experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies with learning in a workplace or practice setting.  WIL experiences normally include an engaged partnership between an academic institution, a host organization/employer, and a student. WIL occurs at the course or program level and includes the development of learning outcomes related to employability, personal agency, and life-long learning.

Since 1973, CEWIL Canada members from post-secondary institutions across the country have worked in partnership to develop resources to promote the highest quality of post-secondary work-integrated learning programs. This is achieved through a national forum of professional WIL practitioners by establishing national standards and promoting the value of post-secondary work-integrated learning and by delivering opportunities for learning and sharing of best practices.

CEWIL maintains a national database on WIL with data from more than fifty post-secondary member institutions. The data shows that as many as 75,000 students are participating in co-operative education programs (an established form of WIL). These students earn, on average, $19.75/hour and represent a wide range of disciplines and programs.

Mission Statement

Building the capacity to develop future-ready students through quality work-integrated learning.

Vision

To lead Work-Integrated Learning in Canada.

Values

CEWIL Values chart with the company's logo and six pillar icons with text community, quality, integrity, learning, innovation, and respect

Various Forms of WIL

Key Policies