Covid 19 Resources for Employers

The development of COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult for our industry-partners as they focused on the day to day operational challenges and business continuity. The primary goal of the Engineering Career Centre is to provide our partner-organizations with the best possible options, alternatives and up-to-date information that will allow current and incoming co-op students to continue their work terms following safety policies and protocols.

The Engineering Career Centre (ECC) staff wishes to assure you that our team continues to remain fully operational and we look forward to continuing to support your recruitment needs despite these extenuating circumstances.  You can find here a link to our 2021-2022 recruitment timeline.

Kindly note that due to the Covid-19, our employers are encouraged to onboard students remotely followed by a work from home arrangement, until otherwise advised by public health authorities.  If your student will be working on site, we will require a record of your safety policies and protocols.  All interviews should take place via phone or video conferencing.  Our office space is currently closed and not accepting any on-campus interviews. However, the ECC staff is fully engaged and prepared to work remotely to offer all of the same services as before to our employers and student partners. This includes moving our workshops and appointments for students, recruitment process and information sessions to an on-line format.

If you are planning to conduct an information session or related student events, we are happy to offer a fully supported virtual information session with a live audience to our industry partners for the Fall 2020 term for free. Please contact Joanne Huynh, our Stakeholder Engagement and Events Coordinator if you are interested in arranging a session.

We will continue to update this page as we adapt to the many changes that will affect the recruitment activities of our industry-partners.

Up-to-date Message from the University of Toronto


CEWIL’s Co-op Tip Sheets


Funding Sources

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - This program is designed to help employers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic to keep and retain workers.

Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan (SUBP) - The government has announcement that employers will be able to top up EI if employer is on leave due to COVID-19.

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) - The Student Work Placement Program gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study.

Work Sharing Program – This program provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.


Support for your co-op Students

Employment Insurance (EI)

Canada Recovery Benefit


To reach the staff at the Engineering Career Centre, email or contact your PEY Co-op Coordinator.


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