In November 2014, the government passed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. The Bill amends a number of Ontario's labour employment statutes, with meaningful changes including the expanded definition of worker to ensure Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage for unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners, which will give them protection under the OHSA such as the right to know about workplace hazards and the right to refuse unsafe work.
Co-Op & Internships
As a business owner, you may come across the need to hire someone for a temporary project or specific area of the business on a part-time or full-time basis. A cooperative education student or intern from a local high school, college or university is a great way to achieve this and provide valuable opportunities for young people that they will use in future professional paths.
Local Co-Op Programs:
- Confederation College
- Conseil Scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales
- Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School
- Lakehead Public Schools
- Lakehead University
- Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
Local Internship Opportunities:
- FedNor - Youth Internships
- Northern Ontario Internship Program
- Northwest Employment Works
- Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
- YES Employment Services
If you have questions about what it is like to be a co-op employer, feel free to contact one of the businesses listed below:
Thunder Bay Public Library
Sencia Canada Limited
807-768-6603 ext. 201
Northern Ontario employers know there's a shortage of skilled trades workers on the horizon. Some employers are already having a hard time recruiting workers with the right skills and qualifications. Sponsoring an apprentice is one of the best ways to build your workforce for today and the future. The Thunder Bay Apprenticeship Hub has resources and information to help employers learn more and make apprenticeship work for you.