Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education at L'Amoreaux

Our Cooperative Education program was among the first to be established in Canada. Students, teachers, and employers have made it one of the largest programs of its type. In-class instruction and field experience with our business and industry partners provide students opportunities to combine employable skills with subject-related workplace assignments. Students build on theoretical concepts learned from in-school subject-related courses to discover whether careers within this subject area are really what they wish to pursue. They also gain transferable skills that will be used in any future employment. We offer a variety of Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP).

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What is Cooperative Education?


Cooperative Education provides TDSB students with a unique opportunity that combines academic study with practical experience in business and industry. Students develop the work habits, attitudes, and job skills necessary for a successful transition from school to the workplace or post-secondary education. They also earn credits through the successful demonstration of course expectations at the workplace and are monitored regularly by a co-op teacher.


Test Drive a Career: 
Do the job and get a chance to see if your career choice is really what you want before choosing your postsecondary destination.

Build Your Skills:
Work one-on-one with a co-worker in a program designed to meet your interests, needs, and strengths.

Get Hands-On Work Experience:
Overcome the problem of "no job without experience and no experience without a job". Put real work experience on your résumé.

How Does It Work?

A company agrees to provide a placement for a suitable student and designates an employee to supervise the learning. A scheduled interview determines the student`s acceptance.

The teacher then monitors onsite regularly to assess student progress with the supervisor`s input. Credits are awarded upon successful completion of the program and up to two of these credits can now count towards the compulsories.

Who Takes Co-op?

Cooperative Education students are typically in the senior grades, have a variety of post-secondary destinations: apprenticeship, college, work, university, and may be studying in any subject area.

Cooperative Education Teacher: Mr. Bevilacqua (416) 396-6745 x20044

Health Care Co-op at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Co-op Opportunities at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre include:
  • Nursing
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Clinic Work
  • Geriatric Care
  • Lab positions
  • Medical Reception
  • Plant Facilities including plumbing, electrical, and carpentry
To apply, please speak to one of the co-op teachers at L'Amoreaux CI about the Sunnybrook program and complete the Health Care Application package.

Accelerated OYAP

Accelerate Your Career
Accelerated OYAP programs are special programs which offer eager apprentices the opportunity to "jump-start" their apprenticeships. These classes are designed for students who have a passion for a specific trade. Accelerated students usually take four elective credits and complete all or part of their LEVEL one apprenticeship training in the same semester.  These students graduate with a real head-start.  Most accelerated programs run during second semester only.


  • Baker
  • Brick & Stone Masonry
  • Carpenter
  • CITI Motive (Automotive Service Technician or Truck & Coach Technician)
  • Cook
  • Child Development Practitioner (ECE)
  • Electrician
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • Hairstylist
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration Air Conditioning Systems Mechanics
  • Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Setter

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Information on Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Further information is in a PDF available here

Co-Op Specialty Programs

  • Army Reserve Co-op Program
  • Banking on Business (currently BMO Central Co-op)
  • CTEP (Construction Trades Exploration Program)
  • PACE (Pre-Apprenticeship Cooperative Education)
  • TDSB Arts Co-op - Across Experiences  
  • Toronto Police Service
  • Health Care Co-op