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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Co-op work permit

A co-op work permit is a mandatory document for international students during your co-op/internship/placement/practicum period. The co-op work permit is only for work that is a required part of your academic program to complete your degree. 

If you are an international student in a program requiring experiential learning such as a co-op, internship, practicum or placement, you will require a co-op work permit. A co-op work permit is not the same thing as a study permit and cannot be used in lieu of a study permit. You are responsible for keeping the original co-op work permit and ensuring it is valid. 

CO-OP and internship opportunities

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I know if there is a co-op in my program?

    You can confirm whether or not your program requires a co-op by reviewing your offer of admission from the university (if it is still valid and applicable) or your letter of enrolment. You can acquire your letter of enrolment from the Office of the Registrar by contacting connect@ontariotechu.ca.

    You require a co-op work permit if you are in any of the following faculty or programs:

    • Faculty of Business & Information Technology 
    • Faculty of Education
    • Faculty of Science
    • Faculty of Social Science & Humanities
    • Master of Information Technology Security (MITS) 
    • Nursing
  • How do I apply for a co-op work permit?

    Once you have received your letter of enrolment from the university, you can apply online through your MyCIC account on the Immigrations, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. You must have your co-op work permit prior to starting your work term. It is highly recommended to apply for your co-op work permit at the beginning of the semester prior to your work term. Do not wait until you have a job offer. For example, if your work term starts in the winter semester (January), it is recommended you apply for your co-op work permit in the fall semester (September).

    You can apply for your co-op work permit during one of the following times:

    • With your initial study permit application.
      • You can use your offer of admission letter as long as it’s valid and it states, internship/work practicum: yes.
    • With your study permit extension application.
    • Separate co-op work permit application.
  • How do I prepare for my work term?
    Six weeks before your work term begins, email uhip@ontariotechu.ca with your full name, Student Number, and information on any eligible dependents you have. This is to ensure you are eligible, enrolled and charged the appropriate fees for University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).
  • How long will it take to receive my co-op work permit?

    You can check the processing time on the IRCC website.

  • Do I need to complete a medical exam to get my work permit?
    You may need a medical exam to get a work permit if you wish to work in a job where it is important to protect public health (such as health services, child care, or primary or secondary education), or if you will be working in an agricultural job and you have lived in a designated country or territory. A list of occupations that require a medical exam can be found on the IRCC website. You must see a physician on Canada’s list of Panel Physicians on the IRCC website to complete your medical exam.
  • Where can I get the letter to confirm I have co-op in my program?

    The following documents can be used to confirm that you have a co-op in your program:

    • Co-op work permit letter from the Office of the Registrar—you can get a copy of this letter by emailing connect@ontariotechu.ca.
    • Offer of admission from the university (if it’s still valid and applicable to you).