Frequently asked questions
Who can apply for the CanWork Program?
CanWork invites undergraduate students to apply who meet the following criteria:
Second year status (completed first year of study)
Program of study includes the option to participate in cooperative education
Are there GPA requirements?
Admission to the program does not aquire you to meet certain GPA requriements. We do encourage you to engage with the course materials, connect with your peers in the program and reflect on your strenghts and challenges.
What is the tuition fee for the CanWork program?
The tuition fee for the CanWork program falls under the category of all other co-op programs (undergraduate). You can find more information on the UVic co-op and Career Tuition Fees web page.
When will CanWork take place?
CanWork will host two cohorts in 2021. The first preparatory course will be instructed over the summer term starting May 11. This will provide participants with ample time to search for a work experience placement for the Fall 2021 term.
Do I need to participate in a preparation course?
Like Co-operative education programs at UVic you will be required to participate in the Introduction to Proffessional Practice course (IPP). This course will be provided in a blended learning online format with plenty of opportunities to build conections and rapport with your job coach and peers. IPP course assignments are mandatory. Upon successful completion of the IPP course, you’ll be able to start searching and applying for co-op jobs through the Co-op + Career Services Portal
When will the Introduction to Professional Practice course be offered?
Once we have identified that the program is a good fit for you, you will receive access to the online learning platform and asynchronous materials. Synchronous Zoom sessions will take place twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 PM to 1 PM for a span of 7 weeks. The first session will start on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
What if I am not able to attend one (or more) of the synchronous Zoom classes?
Participation is encouraged, however we understand that there is not a one size fits all format to learning in a virtual environment. The IPP classes on Zoom will be recorded and posted within the IPP course, located in Brightspace. This allows you to view the recordings at your convenience.
What can I expect form the CanWork work term?
Job coaches will support you in connecting with a program approved employer. You will be able to count on support in all stages of the program. Job coaches can assist you in disclosing your barriers and requesting accomodations if needed.
Do I need to tell my employer that I identify as a person with a disability or mental health challenge?
While CanWork is a program that supports students that identify as having a disability or having mental health challenges. Disclosing your disability is your decision to make.
Can I work part-time?
The minimum requirement for a work term with CanWork is 315 hours. However, part-time opportunities will have to be established in collaboration with your employer and could be a part of your request for accommodations. You will be able to count on the support of your job coach to come to an agreement that will suit both you and the employer.
What happens after participation in CanWork?
Application requirements and procedures vary between co-op programs. Students who meet the requirements within their program of study can choose to join co-op and apply their CanWork work term towards a Co-op designation on their degree. Completion criteria vary slightly by program.
My degree program has a mandatory participation in co-op. Why can't I participate?
The CanWork program is a limited program. CanWork does not have the capacity to support students that partake in co-op experiences with a mandatory component at the current time. Please note that experiences and feedback gathered through participating students will assist Co-op and Career Services to build a more sustainable and inclusive co-op program.
Is a work experience guaranteed?
The CanWork program is not a work placement program, it will be the student's final responsbility to find employment with support of their job coach and resources provided by the program. Searching for a work experience can be an extensive process, if you are having dificulties in meeting your academic expectations we advise against participating in the program.