Work-Learn Institute

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Future-proven research from the leaders in work-integrated education

The Work-Learn Institute (WxL) is the only research unit of its kind researching the development of talent through quality work-integrated learning (WIL) programs.

Quality standards

WxL establishes quality standards for meaningful, high-quality co-operative education and work-integrated learning programs.


Waterloo has the largest co-operative education program of its kind in the world, giving WxL access to the largest dataset of student and employer data to study the future of work.


WxL is an incubator for WIL innovation testing new models and ideas to continue to evolve the practice of co-op and work-integrated learning to meet the changing demands of the labour market.

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Research spotlight

Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $1 billion in real-world learning opportunities to prepare the next generation for the labour market. Work-integrated learning (WIL) combines classroom learning with work experience preparing students with the skills and experiences they need. How can providers and policymakers guarantee the quality of experiences for everyone to ensure the maximum impact?

  • Learn why not all WIL experiences are equal in intensity and value.
  • Get a checklist to see how your WIL program stacks up.
  • Read how clear goals and action plans are critical for success