We have received many questions about the impact of potential work disruptions due to COVID-19.

We have listed some common FAQs below to address your concerns:

Students Currently Seeking Work

Students Currently on a Work Term

Students Currently Seeking Work

Are all co-op terms cancelled?

No. Domestic Co-op work terms will proceed as planned unless the employer or the Co-op program notifies you otherwise. Please note that only international Co-op placements are being cancelled for the summer 2020 term.

I’m searching for a summer work term. How will my job search be affected?

Co-op is still posting jobs and coordinating interviews. Interviews may be conducted by phone, or online via videoconference e.g. Skype. At this time, the Co-op office is recommending that employers conduct remote interviews rather than face-to-face interviews.

As with any labour market disruption, there could be an impact on the jobs available this summer. Our office remains open and will work with you to continue applying for posted opportunities for this summer. We recommend that you continue your job search through the Co-op office as well as through self-developed means.

 What if my work term start date is delayed?

Your employer may decide to delay your start date to as late as sometime in June. From co-op’s perspective, this is okay given the unique situation this year. We would prefer a delayed start date as opposed to an outright cancellation of your work term. Please advise your Co-op Student Advisor if your start date is delayed.

What if my summer job is cancelled? I am counting on my co-op term to cover my expense and/or complete my co-op option.

If your summer job is cancelled, please speak with your Co-op Student Advisor about next steps to find another job. You will be granted access to the co-op job portal in order to continue your search. If you decide not to pursue a summer work term, please submit the relevant Co-op Form via mySuccess, or speak with your Co-op Student Advisor.

 Should I have a backup plan?

Given the ambiguity of the current situation, we highly recommend creating a backup plan which may include registering for courses.

I’m getting discouraged – maybe I will just withdraw from co-op entirely.

This is indeed a very challenging situation which may be causing you extra stress. Although challenging, labour market fluctuations are normal and temporary. While we cannot predict how long the current disruption will last, withdrawing from co-op is not always the only option. Depending on your unique situation, you may be in a position to postpone your work term or change your work-study pattern. Please reach out to your Co-op Student Advisor to discuss options.

 If you are struggling, you can learn more about the mental health supports available to you at Health and Counselling Services.

I’d like to speak with my Co-op Student Advisor.

The best way to reach out to your Co-op Student Advisor at this time is via email; your advisor will respond within 24-48 hours, depending on volume of requests. Bookable appointment times will replace drop-in hours.

 Im an international student, and Im worried that my work permit application will be delayed. Do you have any advice?

For the summer term only, if your work permit does not arrive prior to the start of your work term, you are still able to work full time hours under your study permit. Consult the International Student Services Office for additional guidance.

I’m an international student and have applied for a study permit and work permit extension. I’m worried that my extension will be delayed. Do you have any advice?

If a temporary resident in Canada applies to extend their status before their current study permit or work permit expires, their authorized stay is extended until IRCC makes a decision on their application. They may continue studying and/or working under the same conditions stated on their original status document.

This “Implied status” can be confirmed by examining the original study permit or work permit (even if it has expired) and the Acknowledgement of Receipt from the temporary resident’s online application for the extension of status. The date on the AOR should be not be later than the expiry date on the status document. See here for further information about work permit requirements, and consult the International Student Services Office for additional guidance.

Students Currently On a Work Term

Are all co-op terms cancelled?

No. Domestic Co-op work terms will proceed as planned unless the employer or the Co-op program notifies you otherwise. Please note that only international Co-op placements are being cancelled for the summer 2020 term.

What impact might there be on my current work term?

You may be required to work from home, or even to end your work term early. In any case please follow your employer’s instructions and the directions of Ottawa Public Health, in order to safeguard your health and that of those around you.

 I’m concerned that I won’t get credit for this work term, if my work term ends early.

Even if your work term ends early, your co-op work term is not in jeopardy. Given this unique situation, Carleton’s Co-op Program will be as flexible as possible in granting credit for shorter work terms. You will still be required to successfully complete all work term deliverables.

 Will I still have to write my work term report?

You will still be required to submit your work term report on time. Deadlines have not changed. If you are no longer working at your employer’s location you will need to make arrangements for your supervisor to review your report prior to submission – so please plan accordingly. Contact your Co-op Student Advisor if you have questions in this regard.

What if there is a COVID-19 case on my work site?

Please inform your Co-op Student Advisor and follow the advice of Ottawa Public Health. Your health is of primary importance.

Will my site visit still take place?

Yes, all site visits will be conducted by phone. As always, reach out to your Co-op Student Advisor if you have any work-related concerns.

(last update March 30th, 2020)