Other Exceptions (Part III) of the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA) states that
S. 5.2: "An individual who performs work under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology or a university." is exempt from the Act.
This means that employers within Ontario aren’t required to provide co-op students with vacation pay, overtime pay, or statutory holidays.
However, most employers do include compensation for these as part of your salary.
Since you’re not covered under the ESA, employers aren’t required to provide:
- notice or severance pay in case of an early termination of employment
- vacation days, but may agree if the request is reasonable
- time off for statutory holidays, but usually do
Exceptions may occur if you’re employed by an industry under federal jurisdiction. In this case, workers are covered under the Canada Labour Code.
To determine what compensation you’re entitled to, contact Ontario Ministry of Labour and/or the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Office.
Research your employer’s compensation policy during the job application and interview process. If you’re working outside of Ontario, be sure to find out the compensation regulations of your employer’s jurisdiction.
If you have any questions about compensation, please contact your student advisor, or career advisor.