Co-operative Education Program

Co-operative Education Department

Phone Number:  416-395-3320  Extension 20205

Staff Members:  Katie Root (Assistant Curriculum Leader)

                         Bahar Mustafa  


What is Co-op?


Co-op Application Form

Here is the link to the fillable Co-op form. Once it is complete, please email it to


Co-operative Education Programs

Co-operative Education allows students to "try out" a potential career choice by going to a work placement of their choice four afternoons each week, with the fifth day being an in-school day. Each student has a Learning Plan which provides the framework for this learning opportunity. While students spend most of the time at the work place, they do complete an in-school pre-placement session and are expected to attend in-class sessions twice a month once placement begins. 


  • a new learning environment
  • gain valuable work experience
  • 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



Due to student demand, some placements have additional application packages and deadlines that are set well in advance of the start of Co-op. These programs include:

  • STEP to Transportation – specialized trades program with the TTC 
  • STEP to Construction – specialized trades program that focus on the construction trades 
  • PACE – pre-apprenticeship placements in the trades with TDSB 
  • xoTO – film, television and media 
  • TDSB Arts Co-op Program  Performance (2 credit, mornings), Film (2 credit,  afternoons), Performance & Film (4 credit, full day program) 
  • BMO – various placements available in the BMO offices in the financial district
  • Be Our Guest – hospitality industry – various placements with several downtown hotels
  • Toronto Police Services – positions are of a clerical nature 
  • Armed Forces (second semester ONLY)
  • Hospitals – may include retail, administrative, lab work, the trades, professional services 

Summer Co-op Program

Summer Co-op Applications will be available online and in the Co-op office (room 205) in February. Earn two credits and gain some work experience in a field of your choice!


  • 16 years of age and older
  • Willing to travel to placements within the city of Toronto
  • Available to attend the full co-op program 
  • Available to attend the co-op preparation classes (dates to be announced, as they are usually in May or June)

You may also wish to use your full-time summer job as your placement!  You must be working 35 hours a week to take part in this opportunity and have the approval of your employer. 

More info about the Summer Co-op program 


An OYAP student is a student who is earning co-operative education credits for work experience, in any of the 150 apprenticeship occupations. OYAP is a school-to-work transition program allowing students to complete high school while developing work skills and building up hours towards the completion of an apprenticeship.

Read about the 150 Trades eligible for Apprenticeship

Explore the different pathways!  See why OYAP might be the right pathway for you! 


Dual Credit

Earn a college credit while still in high school!
One afternoon per week, students attend a College class and earn a college credit, as well as another high school credit. 

 That course then counts towards both their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a post-secondary certificate, diploma, degree, or a Certificate of Apprenticeship.


Which colleges offer Dual Credits?

 Centennial College, Humber College, Seneca College and George Brown College.

 Course Offerings:   Click here to see the most recent listings. 

School Within A College (SWAC)

Toronto District School Board’s Student Success team has once again partnered with Centennial, George Brown, Humber

 and Seneca College to offer secondary students the opportunity to earn secondary school credits and college credits (Dual Credits) concurrently, with the continued goal for students to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).