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COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 FAQs for Co-op and Career Services

Last updated April 1, 2020


Camosun College Co-op Students

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our students for their flexibility, resilience and strength in the face of this rapidly escalating and uncertain crisis. We know there are a lot of questions and we’re all trying to figure this out one day at a time. 

Additionally, to those students who’ve sent us messages and have been eagerly awaiting a reply, we apologize for the wait – we want to ensure we connect with the right people to give you the right information.

Camosun Career Lab services for students

At this time all Career Lab offices are open to support you; however, we are restricting public access to our offices on both campuses. Camosun staff moved to alternate remote work arrangements starting March 19, 2020, with our students and employers continuing to be served.

The decision to move to remote delivery of services to students and employers was made in order to maximize social distancing, and to protect the health and safety of our community. We thank you for your patience in advance as we all determine how this remote work may impact our activities with you.

Below you will find a series of Frequently Asked Questions along with the most current answers we have available at the time. Given the fluidity of this crisis, we will update this webpage as the situation develops.

For college-wide resources on COVID-19, please visit camosun.ca/covid19.

Students

If you have a work term lined up for May, connect with your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator as well as your employer for updates. Employers will be making decisions about how to adjust within their own workplaces. Get in touch to discuss whether it may be possible to work from home in the event that this becomes necessary for each respective organization.

Camosun’s co-op program is following guidance from Canada’s national co-op association, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada). If you are not able to begin your work term at the beginning of May, CEWIL has suggested asking your co-op employer if it may be possible to move the start date of your work term to June 1, 2020.

Keep in touch with your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator as things develop. Your coordinator will contact you with updates about May-August work terms.


Co-op and Career Services have transitioned to providing our services virtually, which includes currently scheduled CDEV-WPS and COOP-WEP course. Please email your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator directly to follow-up with related questions.


If you have a job interview scheduled that has been set up through your co-op office, contact your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator for updates.  If the employer has set up the interview directly, follow up with the employer and loop in your co-op coordinator. Interviews will be held virtually via video conferencing or other remote forms.


You may continue to apply for positions, with employers switching to virtual interview methods for the May-August work term. We are following guidance from CEWIL Canada, which has suggested adjusting the required length of a co-op work term in order to provide students and employers with flexibility. This may mean that summer work terms are shifted to start at the beginning of June instead of the beginning of May. Your program’s Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator will contact you with ongoing updates about May-August work terms, as the situation develops.


You will be given access to Camosun job board and encouraged to apply to new positions.

However, if you do decide to cancel or postpone your work term there will be no penalties from Camosun due to COVID-19. For students in a mandatory program, we are continuing to work with each School and as additional information becomes available, we will let you know. Please keep in touch with either your Employment Facilitator or Co-op & Internship Coordinator to discuss what this looks like for you and your program.


Yes! You can book appointments through our Co-op and Career Portal. The appointments will be conducted virtually through a method that best suits you.

If you have any questions please contact educationthatworks@camosun.ca.


Camosun College has established an emergency bursary to support students experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Students may make a one time request for up to $200 to cover groceries and short term essentials.

Students can apply by emailing  Financial Aid. Students will need to provide their name, student number, a description of the financial emergency and the amount of funding they are requesting.

Students will be asked to complete an Electronic Funds Transfer form so funds can be transferred directly into their bank account. Payments will be processed twice a week.

Requests for funds will continue to be processed while funds are available.

Students are encouraged to look at other community resources.


For the most up to date information we encourage you to read the  COVID-19 FAQs on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Additionally, information regarding implied status for work permit holders can be found on the IRCC’s website .

If you have further questions please email international_advisors@camosun.ca


Employers

Yes! Despite industry and community disruptions we are continuing to work together to place our high-quality students in work terms for the summer term. We remain committed to finding co-op opportunities that are mutually beneficial to you and our students.

Camosun’s co-op program is following guidance from Canada’s national co-op association, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada, (CEWIL Canada), who is recommending that employers and community partners who have offered or are going to offer a student(s) a placement for the May-August 2020 term consider these alternatives, depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops:

  • Consider allowing the student(s) to work from home if possible.
  • Consider pushing back the start date to June 1, 2020 if needed.

If you have questions, please contact one of our Employment Facilitators, Co-op & Internship Coordinators, or our Business Development Specialist, Jenn Armour armourj@camosun.ca.


A variety of funding options are still available to employers who hire co-op or internship students. Read more about employer funding options.

If you have questions, please contact one of our Employment Facilitators, Co-op & Internship Coordinators, or our Business Development Specialist, Jenn Armour armourj@camosun.ca.


Students are available to start their work term at the beginning of May, however, if needed, please connect with either your Co-op & Internship Coordinator or Employment Facilitator, as well as the student(s) to explore contingency options, such as setting up student(s) to work from home, and/or to delay the start date to June 1, 2020.

Camosun’s co-operative education program is following guidance from Canada’s national co-op association, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada, (CEWIL Canada). CEWIL is currently exploring adjusting the required length of a co-op work term in order to provide students and employers with flexible options. This may include moving the start date of the work term to June 1, 2020.

Keep in touch with either your Co-op & Internship Coordinator or Employment Facilitator as we explore ways that we can continue to provide opportunities that will benefit both you and our students.


CEWIL Canada has put together some helpful resources for employers and students, including:

  • Tips for working at home (PDF or JPG)
  • Tips for onboarding students remotely (PDF or JPG)
  • Tips for supervising students remotely (PDFor JPG)
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