Co-op Education Incentive

Thanks for your interest in jobs for co-op students.

The Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP) provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.

Employers pay students a minimum of $15.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. CO-OP will reimburse $7.50 per hour to a maximum of 40 hours per week.

Employers participating in IRAP and SR&ED are eligible for an “R&D Incentive” and may receive up to $10.00 per hour.

Deadline or important dates

  • Winter 2017 CO-OP Term
    • Application available: August 8, 2016
    • Deadline: September 16, 2016
    • Program dates: January 3, 2017 to April 21, 2017
  • Summer 2017 CO-OP Term
    • Application available: December 22, 2016
    • Deadline: January 27, 2017
    • Program dates: April 24, 2017 to August 25, 2017
  • Fall 2017 CO-OP Term
    • Application available: April 10, 2017
    • Deadline: May 19, 2017
    • Program dates: September 5, 2017 to December 22, 2017


Private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply and are required to provide at least one of the following:

  • Registry of Joint Stocks number
  • CRA Charities number
  • a copy of legal documentation/Act of Legislature that identifies how assets will be distributed upon dissolution of the organization.

Students considered for hiring must be enrolled in a Cooperative Education program at a Nova Scotia university or college. Their field of study should relate to the job.

Contact Information

Labour and Advanced Education
PO Box 578
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2S9

Phone: 902 424-6000
Fax: 902 428-2037