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Work placements

Updates regarding work placements as of February 2021 include the following: 

  • Graduating students: all work experience courses – including clinical, internships and mandatory co-op – have been assessed and will proceed.
  • Students not in their final year of study: your Academic Chair and/or Faculty will advise you of any changes to work experience courses.

Deadline: the deadline to complete Spring work experience courses has been extended until August 4, 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic and Public Health restrictions and the possibility of needing additional time to secure work placements. 

Please note: your faculty is your primary support for work placements. You can also find helpful resources available through our Career and Employment Services Hub.

If you have questions about attending or completing your placement, see below.

Attending your work placement

  • If you don’t feel well, don’t attend your work placement. Notify your faculty member and/or your work placement supervisor based on your work placement absence protocol.
  • If there is a COVID-19 exposure at your workplace site, follow Public Health guidelines. If you have questions about what you should do, check with 811.
  • Monitor public health advisories for potential exposure alerts. If you were at a listed site at the date and time noted, follow Public Health directions. If Public Health has issued a self-isolation order, do not come to campus or attend your work placement. Notify your faculty member and/or your work placement supervisor based on your work placement absence protocol.

Completing your work placement

  • To complete a work placement, you’re required to sign a COVID-19 consent form. If you don’t sign the form or decide to withdraw it, you won’t be able to complete your placement.
  • Your work placement is a required component of your program. However, if you wish to withdraw or defer due to personal or family health concerns associated with COVID-19, contact your faculty or Academic Chair to ensure you make an informed decision. While we can’t guarantee alternative ways to meet a particular outcome, we’ll assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you have medical documentation that recommends against attending and completing your work placement, notify your faculty member right away. If you’re withdrawing from your work placement for medical reasons, review the Medical Withdrawal Request Form (links to Connect - PDF 310KB) and talk with your Student Services advisor to discuss the withdrawal process and your options.
    • Please note there may not be another placement option available at this time and as a result your course, or even program completion could be delayed. 
  • It’s important to note that COVID-19-related requirements and restrictions may be enforced by employers, which could impact your ability to participate in work placements. If your work placement is cancelled by your employer, you’ll be notified by your faculty or placement coordinator. Please check for daily updates and communications from your faculty.