Co-operative Education Incentive (CO-OP)

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The Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP) provides wage assistance to organizations that offer career-related work experiences for university and college co-operative students. Agreements run from 12 to 16 consecutive weeks per term, depending on the requirements of the cooperative program.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a subsidy of $7.50 an hour ($9.00 if the student is a member of designated diversity group) for the wages the applicant pays the student.

Deadline: January 15, 2024 May 15, 2024 September 16, 2024

The applicant must:

  • be private-sector,
  • be government-funded,
  • be non-profit, or charitable organization,
  • be a social enterprise,
  • be a municipality,
  • want to hire a co-operative education student for a work term of 12-16 weeks,
  • pay the student at least $15 per hour, plus vacation pay, for 3
  • 5 to 40 hours of work per week.

    The student must be enrolled in a co-operative education program at a Nova Scotia university or college.
    The work placement must be endorsed in advance by a university or college Coop Coordinator.
Application Steps:

The applicant must:

1. register in the online Labor Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS),

2. complete the online application form,

3. submit a separate application for each county, if he wants to hire co-op students in more than one county.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must:
1. provide their organization’s Registry of Joint Stocks number, Canada Revenue Agency charities number, or a copy of legal documentation or legislative act that identifies how assets will be distributed upon dissolution of the organization,
2. describe your organization and the role you want to fill,
If the application is approved, the applicant needs to:
1. return a signed contract,
2. provide information about the student he hires, including proof that they’re currently enrolled in a Co-operative Education program at a Nova Scotia university or college,
3. have his student sign a waiver to let the Nova Scotia's Department of Labor and Advanced Education use his information.

Other Things to Note:

Apply between 15 August and 15 September 2023 for the Winter 2024 co-op term.
Apply between 15 December 2023 and 15 January 2024 for the Summer 2024 co-op term.
Apply between 15 April and 15 May 2024 for the Fall 2024 co-op term.

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