Expectations and responsibilities

By implementing Provincial and Federal legislation, in addition to Co-operative Education & Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) guidelines, we make sure that you, and our co-op students, are protected. 

This page outlines the roles and responsibilities put in place for the University of Waterloo, Waterloo co-op employers and students in relation to the University’s co-operative education program.

This information was last updated in March 2022.


Roles and responsibilities: Employers


Actions to take in case of a strike or labour disruption while your student is on a work term


Employer commitment

Exiting a work term

Interview process

Job descriptions

Offer process (ranking)

Respecting your student under harassment and discrimination policies

Work term

Roles and responsibilities: University of Waterloo

Co-op accreditation


Feasibility studies

University closures

What Co-operative Education will do