COVID-19 Resources

CEWIL Canada is committed to bringing together the co-operative education and work-integrated learning community during this uncertain and unprecedented time. We have seen our membership and partners join together to work through unpredictable challenges and we are proud to provide leadership and guidance as much as possible during this time. We will continue to offer updates to our community and partners and offer ways to collaborate and share information and best practices.  

We are offering bi-weekly meetings on Monday's at 1:00 (ET) for our community and guests to come together to discuss recent events as well as to share information.  Please email cewil@cewilcanada.ca for information on how to join these virtual meetings.  NB: The call scheduled for May 18th has been moved to May 19th at 12 ET, on account of Victoria Day.  

Thank you to the CEWIL community for your leadership, your passion and your commitment to work-integrated learning throughout this ever changing time.  Please continue to come back to this page for up-to-date information and sharing.  

CEWIL Resources

We are pleased to share with you resources on how to best serve your students remotely, as well as tips for students who are working from home. Click the links below the icons to download the resources. 

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Tips for Working at Home

Click here to access PDF in English
Click here to access JPG in English

Click here to access PDF in French
Click here to access JPG in French

Tips for Onboarding Students Remotely

Click here to access PDF in English
Click here to access JPG in English

Click here to access PDF in French
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Tips for Supervising Students Remotely

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Click here to access PDF in French
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Government Resources

  • Student Work Placement Program – Response Measures to Support Organizations during COVID-19 [link]

  • Information regarding implied status for work permit holders [link]

Industry Resources

  • EHRC - Important SWPP Changes to WIL Funding [link]
  • Free webinar series, Thriving Through Chaos: How to Manage Your Mental and Emotional Well-Being and Help Your Clients Do the Same, hosted by CERIC [link]
  • COVID-19 Resources available on CEWIL's Association Management Company, Redstone Agency's website [link]
  • Despite circumstances, RBC is still welcoming summer students to work experiences across RBC in May. RBC's Early Acquisition Team is working to ensure students are supported & participate in meaningful work. [link]

COVID-19 Disruptions: Financial Support Programs for Students and Employers

  • Employment Insurance:

    Employment Insurance is available to co-op students, including international co-op students, if they have worked the requisite 600 hours to qualify. 

    The federal government has made it easier to qualify for EI sick benefits by eliminating the one week waiting period and removing the requirement to obtain a medical certificate certifying illness.

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 

    Provides $500 per week for up to 16 weeks to self-employed and other individuals who do not qualify for Employment Insurance.  Individuals must have earned at least $5000 in the 12 months preceding their application. CERB is also available to international students if they qualify as a Canadian resident. Click here to apply

  • Student Loans 

    All the interest and principal on federal and provincial student loans is suspended until September 30, 2020. It is unclear whether there will be relief on private loans acquired by students.

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

    The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program provides eligible businesses with 75% of an employee's salary to a maximum of $847 per week.  To qualify employers must demonstrate their revenues in March 2020 were 30% lower compared with March 2019.  They will also be obligated to demonstrate a revenue shortfall going forward in order to qualify for payments. 

    The program is being administered by the Canada Revenue Agency through the My Business Portal.  Click here to log-in and apply.

  • Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) 

    Loans of up to $40,000 are available through the Export Development Bank (EDC) and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The funds are intended to supplement wages and help employers cover expenses like rent, and can be accessed through the private financial institution with which the business has a pre-existing relationship. In cases where a private institution is unable to advance credit, loans may be obtained from EDC or BDC. 

  •  Work Sharing Program (for co-op students who qualify for EI) 

    This is a program that provides income support to employees who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. It allows employees to collect EI to top up their reduced wages without the usual income claw back. The government has extended the maximum duration of this arrangement to 72 weeks and relaxed the requirements for what must be included in an employer recovery plan. 

  • Supplementary Unemployment Benefits (SUB) Plan (for co-op students who do qualify for EI)  

    This allows employers to top up the EI benefits of an employee. A SUB plan must be registered with Service Canada to avoid EI repayment obligations (except for maternal and parental leave). There is no announcement yet regarding retroactive approval for this.

Resources to Support Work Integrated Learning

 Funding posted on April 29, 2020
 Toolkits and Modules posted on April 29, 2020
 Online & Social Media Articles and Resources posted on April 29, 2020
 Recorded Webinars posted on April 29, 2020
 Global Online Academy ~ Designing for Online Teaching Course posted on April 29, 2020
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Government Assistance Eligibility for Students

 I’ve been in school and don’t have a job for the summer posted on April 29, 2020
 I've been working and now I'm laid off posted on April 29, 2020
 I had a job confirmed, I had not started in it, and now it’s cancelled. posted on April 29, 2020
 I have student loans posted on April 29, 2020
 I am an international student posted on April 29, 2020
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FAQ for Practitioners

 How can I help support CEWIL and the WIL community during this time? posted on April 20, 2020
 How can I stay connected with the WIL community and keep up to date during this time? posted on April 20, 2020
 What are alternative ways to engage with our employer partners during this time of physical distancing? What resources are available to support online networking for students? posted on April 20, 2020
 Have there been any changes to government wage subsidy programs like SWP? posted on April 20, 2020
 How can we support a student whose work term has ended early and they have a loss of salary? posted on April 20, 2020
 What can I do if a student doesn’t feel safe on a work term? posted on April 20, 2020
 How are schools dealing with students not able to complete all co-op term requirements? posted on April 20, 2020
 Is it possible for a high level overview of what CEWIL is lobbying/liaising with the government about so we can share that with our institutions? posted on April 20, 2020
 Do you have information about work permits being extended for Int'l students (if the permit is expiring soon)? posted on April 20, 2020
 Are there any insurance considerations with at home work? posted on April 20, 2020
 Where can I find up to date information on how institutions are responding to COVID-19? posted on April 20, 2020
 Other than remote working/work from home, what alternatives are institutions looking at for WIL opportunities during the period of COVID-19 disruption? posted on April 20, 2020
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FAQ for Employers

 As employers, how can we help? posted on April 21, 2020
 How will COVID-19 affect the interviewing, hiring and onboarding process? posted on April 21, 2020
 I am a Co-op/WIL employer in Canada. My student wants to end the work term early in order to return home. What should I do? posted on April 21, 2020
 I am an employer and am planning to close the workplace due to COVID-19. How can I support my students? posted on April 21, 2020
 The student working for my organization has become sick. What should I do? posted on April 21, 2020
 I am a co-op employer and there has been a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19 in my workplace. What do I need to tell the students? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I have more questions? posted on April 21, 2020
 My student had to relocate for this opportunity. Are there supports for their early return available from the institution? posted on April 21, 2020
 Our WIL student is an international student, from the perspective of their study arrangements. How is their work permit affected by early termination? posted on April 21, 2020
 Our student is partially funded through the Federal government’s Student Workplace Hiring (SWP) initiative. Will the salary subsidy be affected? posted on April 21, 2020
 Is the student’s involvement with our organization supported through other temporary funding supports such as the Canadian Emergency Response Bursary (CERB)? posted on April 21, 2020
 How is the student’s status affected by early termination of their WIL opportunity? posted on April 21, 2020
 Are work site visits conducted by the institutions continuing? posted on April 21, 2020
 What funding supports are available to support hiring? posted on April 21, 2020
 Additional Useful Resources posted on April 21, 2020
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FAQ for Students

 I have lost my job and need financial assistance. What can I do? posted on April 21, 2020
 I’m currently on a WIL work term, is there anything I need to do? posted on April 21, 2020
 Are there any presumed or confirmed cases in my area? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I am unable to finish my work term due to COVID-19? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I am in a mandatory Co-op program and can’t complete a work term due to COVID-19? posted on April 21, 2020
 I am an international student and am unable to return to my home country. What should I do? posted on April 21, 2020
 What should I do if I'm uncomfortable in my work environment? posted on April 21, 2020
 What should I do if I can’t afford to take time off and/or my employer does not provide sick leave/my employer closes the workplace? posted on April 21, 2020
 I am a Canadian student working abroad. What should I do? posted on April 21, 2020
 I have lost my job and need financial assistance. What can I do? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I have an international work term lined up for May-August 2020? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I have a work term in Canada lined up for May-August 2020? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I planned to have a work term starting in May but have not secured one yet? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I have an interview scheduled? posted on April 21, 2020
 What if I have a specific situation I am concerned about and I don’t know what to do? posted on April 21, 2020
 I am overwhelmed. Where can I turn for support? posted on April 21, 2020
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