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COVID-19 Co-op FAQs

General Co-op Information

Is the KPU Co-op office still open?

The Co-op office is currently providing services to students and employers online and through the telephone.  In-person services are currently suspended.

How can I get in touch with my Co-op Instructor or the Co-op office?

Email is the best way to get in touch.

The KPU Co-op office can be reached at co-op@kpu.ca.

For students, your Co-op Instructor can be reached via their individual email addresses or via the moodle hub.

Where can I find COVID-19 / Return to Campus information?

Co-op Students Currently on a Work Term

What should I do if I am unable to complete my Co-op work term due to COVID-19 or if I have concerns about completing it?

Your health and safety is our first priority. Co-op students will not have their work terms negatively penalized for issues related to COVID-19. Contact your work term supervisor and your Co-op Instructor if you have concerns about completing your work term due to COVID-19. 

I’m on a work term and feeling sick. What should I do?

Contact your work term supervisor to advise that you are ill and keep your Co-op Instructor informed. Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811.

Co-op Students Who Have Secured a Work Term for the Upcoming Semester

My employer is unsure if I will be working with them during the Upcoming Semester. What should I do?

Please contact the Co-op office (co-op@kpu.ca) and include any communication you have had with your employer.

My employer has cancelled my upcoming work term or extension. What should I do?

Please contact the Co-op office (co-op@kpu.ca) and include any communication you have had with your employer about the cancellation. We will ask you to drop your Co-op work term course if you have already registered.

Co-op Students Who Are Seeking a Work Term

Are you still posting Co-op roles?

Employers are still posting Co-op jobs for students! Employers are offering remote, on-site, and blended (remote and on-site) work opportunities. Those with on-site work placements must adhere to COVID-19 public health protocols.

Are you still arranging interviews?

Yes, employers are still interviewing! Some employers are interviewing via telephone or video conference platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Others are conducting in-person interviews, with appropriate precautions taken.

What do I do if an employer has contacted me directly to arrange an interview?

Please contact the Co-op office (co-op@kpu.ca) and your Co-op Instructor about your interview. We need to be informed of any interview requests and potential job offers.

Co-op Employers

Can we still hire KPU Co-op students?

Yes! Please send your job postings to co-op@kpu.ca. Co-op students are still keen to apply and interview for roles. Please consider the following recommendations for recruiting and hiring Co-op students:

  • Consider remote interviews - by phone or video conferencing like Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams
  • Consider modifying in-person roles to remote or hybrid alternatives
  • If job is in-person and onsite, ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols as per the guidelines from the relevant provincial health authority for where the work is taking place.
  • If your Co-op position is funded through a government grant that requires students to hold Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or other residency status, please include this detail in the job posting and let us know.

Should Co-op students work remotely during this time?

The Co-op office encourages and supports you in considering this option for your Co-op students. If you are unable to offer a remote environment, we expect that the health and safety of your employees is priority and that your organization is following COVID-19 protocols as per the relevant provincial health authorities.

What is the process if I choose to end a current Co-op student’s work term early due to COVID-19?

If you need to end a work term early, please contact the Co-op office. Email is the best way to get in touch and the Co-op office can be reached at co-op@kpu.ca.

What is the process if I choose to cancel a job posting or rescind a job offer to a Co-op student prior to the start of the work term?

If you wish to cancel a job posting or rescind a job offer prior to the start date, please contact the Co-op office at co-op@kpu.ca.