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Welcome, employers!

Our Co-operative Education and Career Success Team works with employers to match them with students and graduates through our free, one-stop, year-round job posting service for co-op internship, full-time, casual, part-time and summer positions.

We look forward to helping you meet your recruiting requirements.

COVID-19 FAQs for co-op employers

We have prepared a list of employer frequently asked questions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have additional questions, please contact our career and co-op team at careerandcoop@georgiancollege.ca.

We had to end our contract early with our co-op student(s). Will they still receive their credit?

Students are still required to submit an employer evaluation, complete a work term report and include proof of employment to their co-op consultant; however, we are flexible on the number of hours required and will work with the student to ensure they are not penalized due to COVID-19.

We would like to interview students but want to respect social distancing. What are my options to interview students? (telephone, Skype and Georgian’s WebEx)

We have partnered with WebEx to provide a seamless platform. Please ask your employer relations consultant for more information. If you do not know who your Georgian College contact is, you can email careerandcoop@georgiancollege.ca.

We cannot guarantee co-op opportunities for the winter term given the unknown state ahead of us. Should we consider posting anyway or remove our current posting(s)?

We recognize that our co-op employers have business operations to run. We welcome winter co-op postings and also understand if employers have to cancel opportunities. However, rather than cancelling postings, if possible, we are encouraging employers to consider delaying co-op work term start dates to allow more time for decisions to be made with all stakeholders involved.

Are there any changes or considerations given to the Ontario Co-op Tax Credit as a result of COVID19 and the current pandemic?

Currently, there are no changes to the eligibility requirements for the Ontario Co-op Tax Credit. We are investigating possibilities for changes. We will update you as this develops

What is the impact to the student if we need to let an international student go early and end the co-op earlier than anticipated? (or start later than scheduled)?

International students have specific immigration requirements that could be unique to each study/work permit holder. Students are encouraged to review the COVID-19 FAQs for international students. Employers can reach out to one of our international experience consultants for assistance by emailing nicole.cesaroni@georgiancollege.ca or joanne.foxton@georgiancollege.ca.

Are there funding options for employers?

There are many sources of funding available to employers. Please refer to co-op funding and see the section “What funding and tax credits are available to me?” to find out more. Various levels of government are also announcing supports for employers seeking to maintain their workforce during this unprecedented time.

We plan to have a co-op student working in our office this winter. Is that okay?

We currently require all employers with co-op students working in their facilities to review and sign a work term acknowledgement form. Your employer relations consultant will reach out to you with this form, before the student begins their work term. We will also ask your co-op student employee to sign a waiver stating that they are aware of the risks of continuing to work in the workplace at this time.

Helpful guidelines on safe operations can be found on the Ministry of Labour website. We ask that you please explain your policy to your student employee to ensure they understand the rules.

We would like to hire a co-op student this winter and have them work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Is that okay? Do I need to communicate this to anybody?

We appreciate your continued support and accommodating the current situation. Please let us know if you are planning on asking a student to work from home. Working from home is a good option that allows students to reach their learning outcomes while still supporting your business. Review our employer guide to coach students working remotely. Review our employer guide to coach students working remotely.

I’m looking to hire a Georgian student or alumnus

Students are available for co-op work terms at various times of the year. Most work terms start in September, January and May and are typically four months in length; some programs have eight-month work terms.

Below is some of the information that you may find useful.  Once you have had a chance to review, please contact Jessica Lovett to get connected.

View co-op placement availability by term and by program
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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to pay students?

Georgian affirms the positive contribution that co-op students make in the workplace and they should be remunerated for their work. Unpaid co-op postings will only be considered on a case-by-case basis and may only be posted on the Career Services job posting board. Positions must offer wages, or a base salary plus commission where such industry recruitment practices are the norm. Where wages are not offered, the employer must offer some form of compensation such as paid parking passes, an honorarium, gas mileage for company business or training allowances. Students should not be expected to experience a financial loss as result of accepting unpaid co-op work terms. The college reserves the right to decline unpaid and commission-based opportunities at our discretion.

Would I be able to hire a co-op student for a non-traditional work location?

On a case-by-case basis, postings for non-traditional work locations may be advertised on GeorgianConnects. The following considerations may be evaluated by staff. Disclosure must happen at the time of job posting and a pre-posting site visit may be required.

  • Will you provide the student with the required technologies or resources?
  • Is WSIB or other private workplace insurance available? Note: Workplace insurance is wage replacement in the event of workplace injury, as opposed to general accident or liability insurance (which may also be required).
  • Do you agree to provide a safe and respectful workplace environment?
  • Is the employment location in a residence and/or are other employees working out of the same location? Note: Alternate meeting arrangements may be required in the event of residential work location.
  • Is the student being hired on the company payroll or as an independent contractor? Will travel expenses be reimbursed?
  • Will hours meet minimum co-op eligibility requirements?
  • Are the hours of work (in particular if they are more than 40 hours per week, or if they may occur outside of typical business hours) clearly indicated?
  • Will student wages be paid via a payroll system?

In the case of students being employed as independent contractors or via third-party recruitment agencies, the method of remuneration may affect the employers’ ability to claim the Co-operative Education Tax Credit.

Learn more about the Ontario tax credit and funding opportunities.

Can I hire an immediate family member?

Employers must disclose at the time of posting and/or hiring when there is a conflict of interest reporting relationship between the student and employer. Immediate family should not complete student work term evaluations.

What are the guidelines that must be followed when a recruiting firm is involved?

  • To ensure the co-op experience remains positive for students and serves as a meaningful learning opportunity, the following guidelines must be adhered to where a recruiting firm is involved in the recruitment process:
    1. The name of the organization wishing to employ the student(s) must be disclosed.
    2. The hiring organization must provide a detailed job description, including work location, skills required and other pertinent information.
    3. The student should not be required to pay a fee to be considered for the position.
    4. Once the student has been hired, the recruiting agency must:
      • Log in to GeorgianConnects and complete an online Work Term Record for the student, disclosing who the employer of record is for the student, if it is different than the employer work location.
      • Allow college staff to interact with the student’s supervisor to discuss work performance, satisfaction levels or any issues that may impact the student’s co-op work term success.
      • Pay the student a competitive wage based on the level of study and program wage ranges. You can check out the wage ranges here.
      • Upon completion of the work term, the direct supervisor must provide the college with a final Employer Evaluation (form provided by co-op student).
      • Pyramid-type or multi-level marketing organizations are not permitted to promote opportunities on-campus.

What are some common definitions involved in co-op recruiting?

  • Home-based business: A business operated by an employer out of a residence
  • Virtual employment: An employment opportunity without a physical work location (e.g., students own residence or public space)
  • Independent contractor: Student is typically not paid via a payroll system, may not receive workplace insurance, may work on a freelance basis, and may not be physically located at the employer site
  • WSIB: Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Can I post a part-time, graduate, volunteer or non co-op position?

Georgian College’s Co-operative Education and Career Success department is pleased to offer comprehensive services to support your recruitment and on-campus promotional needs. Our mandate is to provide students and graduates access to meaningful job opportunities through a collaborative partnership with business and industry. In addition, Georgian’s Career and Employment Community Services also provides employers with Employment Ontario-funded programs, recruitment support and hiring services for all job seekers that are unemployed and not in full-time education. We have offices in Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville.

Georgian College has established recruiting guidelines to provide quality service to employers, better assist Georgian students, alumni and job seekers and to ensure compliance with relevant government legislation. Please review the following policies to ensure we can support your recruitment needs.

Pyramid-type or multi-level marketing organizations are not permitted to promote opportunities on-campus.

Employer Guarantee

At Georgian, we are committed to hands-on education, quality learning experiences, as well as strong relationships with employers and community partners. Our students graduate with the knowledge and experiences they need to succeed in their chosen fields. We are proud of our alumni and their abilities to bring fresh ideas, new skills and innovative mindsets to workplaces everywhere.

In fact, we are so confident in the quality of our programs and graduates that we are offering employers a guarantee: if, within a year of graduation, a Georgian alumnus you employ is found to require additional academic preparation within the scope of his or her program outcomes, Georgian will cover tuition costs for that graduate to complete one Georgian credit course to retrain and improve their job-specific skills.

We stand by our programs and graduates.

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I’m ready to post a job or co-op opportunity

Step 1: Visit GeorgianConnects – Georgian’s co-op and career job portal website – to login or register for an account

Step 2: Register for an account by completing the required information (an email address is required)

Step 3: Login

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Frequently asked questions

How do I post a co-op/internship position?

  • Login and select CO-OP/INTERNSHIP
  • Upload your posting and complete the required fields (please include a brief overview of your company, major responsibilities of the position and minimum qualifications)
  • Once approved, you will be notified through email that the posting is available for students to view

Don’t have time to register an account? You can email your company information and job opportunity to careerandcoop@georgiancollege.ca.

How do I post non-coop position?

  • Login and select CAREER
  • Upload your posting and complete the required fields (please include a brief overview of your company, major responsibilities of the position and minimum qualifications)
  • Once approved, you will be notified through email that the posting is available for students and graduates to view

Note: If your job opening is temporary or seasonal, you may also share it with Career and Employment Community Services or phone 705.722.1505 for more information. This service is offered through Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services, funded by Employment Ontario.

What are the GeorgianConnects job posting privileges?

  • Employment practices must meet provincial and federal laws. Please refer to the Government of Ontario website for information about employment standards. Georgian College’s Co-operative Education and Career Success department reserves the right to refuse any job postings on the GeorgianConnects job board including but not limited to situations where:
    1. Compensation is based 50% or more on commission. Example: All persons hired for an opportunity will be self-employed and compensation for this position is 100% commission-based.
    2. Payment of “up-front” fees for training and/or materials is required before the employee is able to begin. Example: To work for our organization, you will be required to pay professional license fees, training and/or materials before you can start working.
    3. The purchase of a service or product or monetary deposit/fee must not be required as a condition of employment.
    4. When fees are charged if the employee leaves before their contract is over. Postings must clearly indicate these characteristics in the job description  to be approved. Example: If you leave before your contract is over; you are liable to pay a financial penalty.
    5. Incorrect or misleading or incomplete information has been provided. Example: Duties and responsibilities, hours of work and location of the position as well as detailed and specific application instructions must be complete and accurate.
    6. There are founded complaints from students or college personnel regarding unethical recruitment practices. We also reserve the right to refuse any job postings or participation in on-campus events, including job fairs, if the behaviour or conduct of an employer in any scope of their involvement with the college, fails to align with the values of Georgian College.
    7. The employment opportunity doesn’t represent a viable work opportunity for students, alumni or job seekers.
    8. Employment requires recruitment of other members, sub-distributors or sub-agents as a condition for employment. Positions must not require work that is multi-level marketing (MLM) in nature, or work for organizations that are pyramid-type or where an MLM structure is part of the organization’s structure.
    9. Positions are for the recruitment of replacement workers during a labour dispute or layoff.

I’m a current employer of Georgian students or graduates

For questions and information regarding your current co-op placements, please contact your designated co-op consultant.

Find my co-op consultant

What funding and tax credits are available to me?

Co-operative Education Tax Credit

What is the Co-operative Education Tax Credit?

A refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a recognized Ontario university or college co-operative education program. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax system. Visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance website to learn more.

How does it benefit me?

An eligible employer may claim a refundable tax credit for each qualifying work placement ending in the taxation year. The CETC reimburses employers 25% of eligible expenditures. Smaller businesses are eligible for a higher credit rate of 30%. The maximum credit for each qualifying work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months. Eligible expenditures made by a business in respect of a qualifying work placement are:

  • Salaries and wages including taxable benefits paid or payable to the student in respect of the qualifying work placement at an Ontario permanent establishment (place of business).
  • Fees paid or payable to an employment agency in respect of the qualifying work placement for the services of a student carried out primarily at an Ontario place of business.

Who is eligible?

Eligible employers must:

  • Have a permanent establishment located in Ontario.
  • Be subject to Ontario income tax.
  • Incur eligible expenditures associated with hiring co-op students enrolled in an Ontario university or college.

Eligible employers must hold a certified document from an eligible educational institution confirming that the employer has provided a placement to a student in respect of a qualifying co-op work placement. Although members of a partnership may share the CETC, limited partners are not entitled to this credit.

How do I apply?

Incorporated business

  • Corporations may claim the tax credit on Schedule T2SCH550 of their T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

Unincorporated business

  • Employers operating unincorporated businesses may claim the credit on Form ON479, Ontario Credits, included in their personal income tax return.


  • Members of partnerships claim their share of the credit on their own corporate or personal tax returns.

Other funding opportunities

Funding opportunities primarily related to industry

Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global Initative

Description: The Yves Landry Foundation has established the AIME (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence) Global initiative, offering manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario up to $50,000 to offset the costs of training expenses related to supporting innovation and achieving a competitive advantage.

Amount: Up to a maximum of $50,000 with 50% shared costs. Manufacturers who have received funding more than 24 months ago, may be eligible for up to $50,000 with a shared contribution up to 25%.

Industry: Manfacturing

Potential academic program area(s): Business and Management; Automotive Business; Computer Studies; Engineering and Environmental Technologies; Skilled Trades

Link to website

CareerLauncher Clean Tech Internships

Description: Employers can hire an intern for 6-12 months in a full-time position related to the use or development of clean tech.

Amount: Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) will contribute up to 70% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $15,000.

Industry: STEM Fields

Potential academic program area(s): Health, Wellness, and Sciences; Computer Studies; Engineering and Environmental Technologies

Link to website

CareerLauncher Digital Tech Internships

Description: Hire a digital technology intern for 6-12 months in a full-time position.

Amount: Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) will contribute up to 50% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $15,000.

Industry: Digital fields include coding and programming, digital media and design, information technology, data processing and management, artificial intelligence, etc.

Potential academic program area(s): Computer Studies; Engineering and Environmental Technologies

Link to website

CareerLauncher Natural Resources Internships

Description: Employers can hire an intern for 6-12 months in a green full-time job within a natural resource sector.

Amount: Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) will contribute up to 50% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $15,000.

Industry: Natural resource sectors – such as the mining, materials, energy and forestry sectors – pertain to the management and production of renewable and non-renewable natural resources.

Potential academic program area(s): Health, Wellness, and Sciences; Computer Studies; Engineering and Environmental Technologies

Link to website

DRIVE Ability - Opening Doors

Description: The DRIVE Ability program aims to address the skilled labour needs of automotive and advanced manufacturing employers in Ontario. This program is designed to support employers in building a talent pipeline by exposing students, recent graduates and apprentices to careers in the auto manufacturing and advance manufacturing (assembly, parts manufacturing, business, and technology).

Amount: $3,000 per eligible and completed work placement by an eligible participant. $5,000 per eligible and completed work placement by an eligible participant with one or more disabilities. Wage support from all sources cannot exceed 100% of the wages paid to the participant.

Industry: Manufacturing

Potential academic program area(s): Automotive Business; Engineering and Environmental Technologies; Skilled Trades

View DRIVE Ability flyer

Fore more information, email Nick O’Connell or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1132.

Mitacs Career Connect

Description: Provides an employment subsidy to eligible organizations for a six-month green project that offers career experience for a young graduate.

Amount: Subsidized by Mitacs at up to 50% of the value of the position which can range from $20,000 to $25,000.

Industry: STEM Fields with a focus on protecting the environment, creating positive environmental outcomes, or addressing an environmental or climate change challenge.

Potential academic program area(s): Health, Wellness, and Sciences; Computer Studies; Engineering and Environmental Technologies

Link to website

Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)


Employers offering quality work-integrated learning placements to post-secondary education students will be eligible to receive wage subsidies through one of the Employer Delivery Partners.

Amount: Up to 50% of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70%(up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for first-year students and under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants.

Industry: The program will focus on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business.

Potential academic program area(s): Health, Wellness, and Sciences; Computer Studies; Engineering and Environmental Technologies; Business and Management; Automotive Business

Visit the  SWPP website.

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) funding and COVID-19

In response to the impacts of COVID-19, the federal government has announced changes to the program’s eligibility requirements so that employers can continue to provide meaningful work placements. Changes also consider the impact of COVID on operating costs and timelines for businesses.

Key changes in effect until March 31, 2021 include:

  • Net new hiring restrictions have been removed so all new co-op students can be considered for funding (not just new roles or instances where the number of students hired has increased over previous years)
  • Access up to 75% in wage subsidies to a maximum of $7,500 per co-op student you hire
  • Apply for funding before you finalize your selection of students to hire

Learn more about SWPP program changes.

Funding opportunities related to youth employment

Employing Young Talent Incentive (EYTI)

Description: Hire for a job that averages at least 20 hours/week to receive the signing bonus of $1,000, and retain the youth for 6 months with at least 20 hours/week to receive the retention bonus of $1,000.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Industry: Have fewer than 100 employees (including part time & full-time) at the time the youth starts work. Be licensed to operate in Ontario, provide the job in Ontario, and be able to attain or provide proof of third party and WSIB or alternative insurance.

Potential academic program area(s): Any program area

Link to website

Summer Experience Program (SEP)

Description: Provides funding to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students. Position placements are expected to provide full time employment for a minimum of 217.5 hours or 30 days at 7.25 hours per day. Overtime on an occasional basis is allowed, but SEP funding does not cover this cost.

Amount: The maximum funding per position is $3,658.

Industries related to: citizenship, voluntarism, seniors, women, tourism, culture, sport and recreation. Eligible organizations: not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities

Potential academic program area(s): Health, Wellness, and Sciences; Design and Visual Arts; Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation; Human Services; Indigenous Studies.

Link to website

Talent Opportunities Program (TOP)

Description: The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce designed to help employers located anywhere in Canada hire college and university students on work placements.

Amount: Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to 75 per cent (up to a maximum of $7,500) per placement.

Industries related to: Any industries sector. Some restrictions apply. See link for more information.

Potential academic program area(s): Any program area.

Link to website

Funding opportunities primarily related to developing new skills

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Description: Provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase short-term training for existing and new employees. Certain conditions do apply.

Amount: Up to $10,000 in government support per person

Industry: Any industry

Potential academic program area(s): Any program area

Link to website

Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

Description: Offers help with the costs of training an apprentice in more than 100 eligible trades. Certain qualifications of the apprentice are required. You could receive bonuses of up to $2,500 if your apprentice is from an underrepresented group – women, Indigenous peoples, Francophones, people with disabilities, newcomers or racialized people.

Amount: Up to $16,700, including bonuses

Industry: Many trades – see link for complete list

Potential academic program area(s): Skilled Trades

Link to website

Contact us

Are you an employer looking for help in growing your labour force beyond Georgian College programs? Visit our Career and Employment Community Services page.

Barrie Campus-705.728.1968 Ext. 1340
Orillia Campus- 705.325.2740 Ext. 3113 
Owen Sound Campus-
519.376.0840 Ext. 2014