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Co-op Program Directory

The Co-operative Education Directory is a comprehensive listing of the post-secondary co-operative education programs of member institutions in Canada.



Dear CAFCE Members,

As summer winds down and we prepare for the start of a new academic year, CAFCE is hard at work on a number of exciting initiatives. It’s my pleasure to provide a brief update on some of the work of the board and on key priorities for the months ahead.

Proposed by-law revisions

Last week, CAFCE members received an email detailing the proposed by-law changes to be brought forward at this year’s annual general meeting on November 15th at the University of Victoria. The proposed changes include a motion to change the objects of our corporation to include work-integrated learning, a motion to add a position focused on WIL to the CAFCE Board of Directors, and a motion to change the name of the organization to Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada). Specifics on the by-law changes including a FAQ are available on the CAFCE website here. We are asking for your feedback on these motions no later than 4:30 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 6th. You can provide your feedback via Survey Monkey here. Based on your feedback, we will make final revisions to the proposed by-law changes and distribute the document to the membership by September 15th.  If you are a Director/Manager and are looking for tools to discuss the proposed mandate expansion to your team members, please send a message to cafce@cafce.ca.  If you are a member and would like to connect directly with me to discuss your feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to cafce@cafce.ca or to me directly at amfannon@uwaterloo.ca

Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

As most of you know, the federal government officially launched the Student Work Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) earlier this week.  As mentioned in previous updates, CAFCE members have been connecting with the various industry associations to raise awareness of our association and the best practices of co-operative education. CAFCE members now sit on most of the individual association’s SWILP steering committees. As CAFCE representatives, these members are focused on ensuring SWILP programs are developed in the best interests of all CAFCE member schools and that SWILP positions are made available to both college and university students and across regions. Please feel free to connect with any of the contacts below if you have any questions or concerns about a specific SWILP programs.

SWILP Partner


Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace

Elaine Fenner – elaine.fenner@senecacollege.ca
Lucie Gendron – Lucie.Gendron@uOttawa.ca 

BioTalent Canada

Norah McRae – nmcrae@uvic.ca
Lucie Gendron – Lucie.Genron@uOttawa.ca
Kirk Patterson – pkpatterson@uwaterloo.ca
David Hall – halld2@algonquincollege.com 

ECO Canada

Ross Johnston – rossjohn@uwaterloo.ca
Norah McRae – nmcrae@uvic.ca 


Anne Fannon – amfannon@uwaterloo.ca
Julie Walchli – julie.walchli@ubc.ca 


Shauna Tonsaker – tonsaker@sfu.ca
Kitty Runstedler – krunstedler@conestogac.on.ca 

We do expect there to be some bumps as the programs roll out, but are working hard to iron these out as quickly as possible and to develop additional resources for CAFCE members. We are working with ESDC to develop an FAQ on the complete SWILP program. It will be available on the CAFCE website shortly. We are also planning a series of free webinars to be held the weeks of September 18 and 25.  Each webinar will be one hour long and will focus on one specific SWILP program. All industry associations have agreed to participate in these webinars. Further information will follow shortly.

As mentioned before, the board believes that SWILP has potential to be more than just a wage subsidy program and, instead, to drive real growth for work-integrated learning in Canada. In support of this, CAFCE has made a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance requesting the expansion of SWILP in Budget 2018.  You can read this proposal on the CAFCE website here.

Phoenix Pay Issues

CAFCE continues to liaise with Public Service and Procurement Canada regarding student pay issues.  While we’re pleased to report that the total number of new issues has decreased substantially, there are still a handful of issues which remain unresolved from previous terms. We remain in regular communication with PSPC about these issues. If you have any specific questions about a student case, please do not hesitate to contact us at cafce@cafce.ca.  We will connect directly with PSPC about the case and provide you with an update.

Please continue to share your questions, comments and feedback with the CAFCE board or, for SWILP related matters, to the identified SWILP contacts.  We need to hear about your experiences with and perspectives on these initiatives in order to ensure that we are serving the membership most effectively.  I’d like to personally thank all of the dedicated CAFCE members who have assisted with the proposal to expand our mandate, with the rollout of SWILP and our budget 2018 submission, and each and every one of you who has worked tirelessly to ensure that students affected by Phoenix receive their pay.  There is real power in our collective – something I’ve experienced each time I’ve reached out to our community for help. With these new initiatives, I believe that we are only going to grow stronger as an association and as a community of practice.

Best wishes,

Anne-Marie Fannon
CAFCE President 2017/2018