Co-op student recruitment

Co-op student recruitment

Before you submit your application, you may choose to review the co-op student hiring process and the eligibility criteria and important facts and information. Refer to the applying for jobs for assistance on how to apply.

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Eligibility criteria

  • A minimum of 16 years of age;  
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;  
  • Enrolled in a registered co-op program at a Canadian post-secondary institution, and eligible for a work term during the specified period.  


Co-op student hiring process  

Step 1: Application phase

All applicants are given the opportunity to apply online, Pre-screening questions are completed online. Students must upload proof of enrolment in a co-op program.    

Step 2: Assessment phase 

All applications will be reviewed, and the interview process may begin. If selected for an interview, you may be contacted by email and/or telephone as per the information provided on your application.   

Step 3: Decision-making and selection phase

Successful applicants’ credentials and job specific qualifications will be reviewed, and copies collected. If successful, a job offer will be issued from the City of Ottawa. 

Step 4: Hiring and documentation phase 

Successful applicants will be instructed to accept their offer online and to complete mandatory onboarding.  


Important Facts and Information  

The City of Ottawa does not accept unsolicited, late, or incomplete online applications. Consideration of employment will only be given for jobs for which an application has been submitted. 

Students must upload proof of enrolment in a co-op program.    


Vulnerable Sector Check or Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check  

Applicants are advised that a Vulnerable Sector Check or Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check may be required prior to being hired into a co-op students’ job. If it is required for a co-op job, this information will be included on the job posting.  
For information on how to apply for a Vulnerable Sector Check or Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check, please visit the Ottawa Police Service website.  
Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.  

Documents required prior to being hired 

  • Successfully completed Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJM) or a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) (if required for the job, refer to the job posting).  


The City of Ottawa would like to extend a thank you to all those who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.   

The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.  

The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation. 


Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.