Requirements to work as part of the UFV Co-op program
If you are a full-time student enrolled in Arts, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Kinesiology, Library and Information Technology, or Sciences, you can apply for the Co-op program and alternate study semesters and work terms. You need to:
have completed 18 credits in your academic program
maintain a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.33 for a diploma or 2.67 for a degree program (check your student record through myUFV to confirm your GPA)
Apply for the Co-op program via CareerLink by the last Monday of September, January or May. As soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the Co-op program, apply for a work permit. There is no fee when you indicate on your application that you want a Co-op work permit. To qualify for a coop work permit, you need to:
have a valid Study Permit
intend to work in a job that is related to your field of studies
have a letter from the Career Centre stating that your employment is part of your academic program
Everyone who works in Canada must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to be paid. Employers must provide your SIN to Revenue Canada for income tax purposes.
To apply for a SIN, international students must present either:
a study permit issued by Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) that indicates the permit holder “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada; or
a study permit and a “confirmation to work off campus” letter issued by CIC prior to February 6, 2015.
If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.
If your study permit has: This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada, printed on it and you have changed your program of study, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit and pay the applicable fee.
Check out with CareerLink to view work-study positions available on campus. Work-study positions for the Fall term are posted as early as August 15. Positions that are available for the Winter term are posted in early December.
Jobs are available year-round in a variety of areas. Each work-study position provides for 120 hours of work per semester. The number of hours you work a week may vary depending on the position, but cannot exceed 40 hours. The pay is $10.25 per hour.
Work off Campus
If your study permit allows, you may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year (September to April) and full-time during scheduled breaks (Summer, Winter and reading breaks).
You can find work opportunities advertised on online job boards, in local newspapers, or directly on local companies’ websites.
Find a job placement as part as the Co-op program
Once accepted in the Co-op program as described in Step 2, you will have the opportunity to attend a day-long pre-employment workshop at the Career Centre to learn how to find a job placement.
The Career Centre works with employers to find suitable work placements for Co-op students. These work opportunities are not listed outside the program and are reserved for Co-op students. You can apply for these opportunities through CareerLink.
If you are interested in a job that is not listed on the Co-op job board, talk to the Career Centre. They can approach an employer on your behalf to explore the possibility of setting up a work placement.