Recipient of the Employer of the Year Award with students and plaque

CO-OP Employer of the Year Awards

Each year, four awards will be given out to selected CO-OP employers who have provided an exceptional student work-term experience, based on student nominations.


Nominations focus on the following criteria to demonstrate a positive and valuable work-term experience:

  • The quality of the mentorship the student received during the work-term;
  • The calibre and relevance of the work-term experience; and
  • How the overall experience compared with student's initial expectations.

These selection criteria were developed by CO-OP Students and are patterned on those of other Canadian university employer-recognition programs. The University of Ottawa awards serve to recognize our outstanding CO-OP employers.

  • Potential nominees must be employers for whom a registered University of Ottawa full-time CO-OP student worked for during the winter, the summer or the fall of the year in question (ex: 2022)
  • Employers must be nominated by students.
  • Winners are picked from a group of nominees by a selection committee composed of CO-OP students. 

Timeline for the year

Three times a year. An e-mail will be sent to all CO-OP students inviting them to nominate candidates.