Co-operative Education

The TDSB has partnered up with a number of groups throughout the City of Toronto to offer some excellent work placement opportunities to students. For students interested in working in
the ARTS, the TRADES, HOSPITALS (medical & non-medical), POLICE and in the HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INDUSTRY scroll down for application deadlines in the SPECIALIZED CO-OP PLACEMENTS section. 


If you have any questions please contact your Guidance Counselor or email Ms. Veneziale ( immediately – DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE!!! Some applications will require significant time and effort to complete.


It is an experiential learning opportunity open to all students at DMCI. Whether students are bound for university, college, an apprenticeship or the workplace, Co-op gives our students the opportunity to develop transferable skills, improve upon work habits and cultivate professional connections required for success. It helps them identify their strengths and interests and provides them with experience and knowledge that can assist with the transition from high school to the workplace or post-secondary education and guide them through the career planning process.
Co-op is a unique program which involves integrating academic study with practical experience in the workplace. Programming is based on a partnership between the school and business/organization and involves the commitment and participation of students, teachers, parents, and the workplace. 



  • a new learning environment
  • gain valuable work experience
  • awareness of workplace demands and needs
  • develop self-knowledge, maturity and self-confidence
  • develop and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes 
  • build a network for future employment
  • earn credits towards secondary diploma
  • be better prepared for post-secondary transition
  • enhance acceptance possibilities to post-secondary or training programs
  • the option to participate in special programs linked to the trades and begin your apprenticeship while still in school


Students can earn 1 – 4 credits over the course of a semester. Students spend the first weeks of their semester in school preparing for their placement (pre-placement). Once placed students spend the majority of the week at the workplace, with regularly scheduled in-school days (integration).                                                                                                                         
Pre-placement – first 2-3 weeks of the semester preparing for the workplace


  • topics of study include Job Preparation, Health and Safety, Rights and Responsibilities in the workplace
  • placements are assessed by the co-op teacher and students take part in placement interviews during the school day

Integration Classes – in class alternating Mondays

  • topics of study may include reflective learning, job market trends and the nature of the workplace, post-secondary pathways, financial literacy

Placement – approximately 4 months


  • student schedules will reflect the needs of their placement 
  • students work towards individual learning goals
  • Co-op Teacher visits regularly to assess learning through observation and discussion and to provide feedback to the student

NOTE: In order to earn credits students MUST attend regularly and complete all assignments in the classroom and at the workplace.



Due to student demand, some placements have additional application packages and deadlines that are set well in advance of the start of Co-op. Due dates for second semester Co-op are as follows:

  • Armed Forces (second semester ONLY) – full-time placement – TBA
  • Arts Co-op Program – TBA
  • BMO (financial district)  TBA  
  • Hospitality & Tourism: Be Our Guest (various work placements with several downtown hotels) – TBA
  • Hospitals  positions include medical (clerical in nature) as well as other areas including gift shop, the trades, professional services 
    • North York General Hospital (General Site or Seniors Health Centre) – TBA
    • Scarborough Health Network (Birchmount Site, General Site, or Centenary Site) – TBA
    • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – TBA
    • University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab, Michener Institute) – TBA
  • PACE (pre-apprenticeship placements in the trades with TDSB) – Friday, June 5
  • STEP to Construction (specialized trades program that focus on the construction trades; ) – Tuesday, May 26
  • STEP to Transportation (4 + 1 credit specialized trades program with the TTC; 16 years old, 16 credits, 2 reference letters) – Beginning of June 2020
  • Toronto Police Services (positions are of a clerical nature - lengthy application process) – TBA
  • xoTO (film, television and media) – TBA



Students who are 18 years of age or older who wish to work with vulnerable members of our community (children, seniors, people with disabilities) MUST complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening ReportIt may take up to 6 weeks to process your application so make sure to read and follow the instructions provided. Without the completion of this form students will NOT be allowed to start placement. Please see the Co-op Teacher if you have any questions. 


1. Include COOP on your course selection sheet or see your Guidance Counselor.
2. Complete the Co-op Application. 
3. Submit your completed application with a copy of your Course Credit Counseling Summary (see Guidance) and a copy of your Resume to the Co-op Department.
4. Students will be notified, by the Co-op Teacher, should there be an interview. 

Thank-you to Our Co-oP Partners

DMCI would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners this year. Our students are always excited to start their work placements and contribute to their community.


  • Agueci Calabretta Law
  • Aristo Wellness Centre –
  • Bier Markt
  • BMO
  • Boston Pizza
  • Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic
  • Cadillac Fairview
  • Calvin Klein
  • Canadian Tire
  • Glow Fresh Grill & Wine Bar
  • GO Dodge Don Mills
  • GoodLife Fitness
    • Ferrand Drive
  • Long & McQuade
  • North York General Hospital
  • Physio-Dynamics & Sports Medicine


  • Revelo
  • Roots
  • Sherbourne Animal Hospital
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
    • Fairview Mall
  • Sobeys
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • TDSB
  • Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation
  • Toyota on the Park
  • Toys R Us
  • Wimpy’s Diner
  • YMCA


If you are interested in learning more about the Co-op program at Don Mills CI or you would like to host a Don Mills student please contact Ms. Veneziale at


Here are some important forms if you are interested in Co-op for next year:

2020-2021 Co-op Application Form

Co-op Details - May 2020

Co-op PACE 2020 - 2021

Co-op STEP 2020 - 2021


"Co-op education is an essential part of the Experiential Learning component that students need for success. Students get to try on a career, get shown a real life workplace and learn about what kind of work they excel at."