Employer Ethics

The successful recruitment of co-operative education students depends upon the collective activities of three parties: the interested employer, the co-op student, and the associated educational institution. All participants must adhere to Provincial and Federal legislation in their recruitment and employment practices. However, CEWIL (formerly the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education) supports additional guidelines concerning recruiting ethics that support the development of a mutually beneficial and fair process for all concerned.

Employer responsibilities:

  • Provide accurate job posting information including salary and location.
  • Provide reasonable notice of candidates to be interviewed and of interview cancellations.
  • Respect an institution's schedule regarding job postings, interview arrangements, job offers, etc., and heed the co-operative education policies and procedures of an institution.
  • Not discuss job offers or rankings with candidates before, during, or following an interview. 
  • Not seek a candidate's assessment of another candidate. 
  • Not make multiple job rankings or offers unless prepared to accept multiple candidates. 
  • Honour all matches, and not rescind offers of employment.
  • Confirm all job offers in writing.
  • Not translate a co-op assignment into a full-time position if it would encourage a student to settle for less education.

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