We care for our students and will continue to provide support during this unprecedented and evolving situation.

These FAQs are specific to co-op, PDD, and career related questions. Please check the other FAQ pages for general student questions, international student questions and Continuing Studies programs. If you can't find an answer on these pages, please email covidquestions@langara.ca.

Don’t forget to check out our Mental Health & Well-being page to see the supports available to you.

General Career Questions

Visit Langara’s C3 online job board to view full-time, part-time, and casual jobs posted by employers looking to hire students and recent graduates. You may also want to check out other external job boards such as Indeed or LinkedIn.

We will be offering virtual career workshops and drop-in sessions for students this semester. See the career workshops page for more details and registration.

Remote jobs are when you work from home. See tips from CEWIL Canada about working from home.

Check the following government aids programs below to see if you are eligible. Note: International students may be eligible for government aid programs such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). For example, if you are an international student who has worked in Canada with an income of at least $5000 in the last 12 months, you may be eligible for CERB. See website below for full eligibility details.

Some academic programs have a scheduled break that allows students to work full-time hours during the summer. Check International Education’s Working Off Campus page for further details and email international@langara.ca if you have any questions.

Co-op Questions

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have adapted the co-op work term requirements for the fall 2020 semester. Contact us at coop@langara.ca if you have any questions.

Adapted co-op work term requirements:

 

Usual co-op work term requirements:

-        Online or telephone interviews

-        In person interviews

-        Minimum 280 hours, in alignment with co-op national recommendation

-        Minimum 420 hours or 12 weeks full time

-        Preference for remote or work from home roles, participating in virtual teams

-        Preference for company based assignment working with team

-        Virtual site visits

-        In person site visits

-        Some wage subsidies available for domestic and international students, front loaded for employers

-        Some wage subsidies available for domestic and international students over work term

-        Potential for two or three employers to share a student

-        One employer, one student

-        Ability for student to create own entrepreneurial idea to gain experience

-        Potential for student to create own entrepreneurial idea to gain experience

-        Research project related to impact of COVID 19 on company

-        Research project

-        Flexibility in potential work type and scope will be entertained. Contact your Co-op Instructor to assess

-        Work in area of study

-        Paid hourly or flat honorarium

-        Paid hourly

The co-op program is available for students in select program areas. To get started with the co-op program, students must first take the pre-requisite course, EXPE 2300. Upon completing the course, students can submit a co-op application.

If you have already completed EXPE 2300 and are looking to submit a co-op application, email coop@langara.ca for more details.

International students enrolled in a program with a co-op option available may apply for the co-op program. Upon acceptance into the co-op program, students will receive documentation to help them apply for their co-op work permit. Please note that the processing time for the co-op work permit can take from weeks to months.

Co-op students who currently have job access have the option of completing their co-op work term in the fall 2020 semester, with consideration to the adapted co-op work requirements outlined above.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, students and employees should avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. If you had an international co-op opportunity lined up for the summer, please contact your co-op instructor to discuss.

Contact your co-op instructor to discuss. If the cancellation is related to COVID-19, you may, however, please reach out to your co-op instructor to discuss the best approach.

Contact your co-op instructor to discuss potential options in response to COVID-19 such as remote work, a later start date, or postponing the position to the following semester. It is best to register for academic courses for the upcoming semester.

a. A co-op work term would satisfy the BBA Work Experience Requirement. To get started, you must first take the pre-requisite course, EXPE 2300. Upon completing the course, students can submit a co-op application.

b. Students who have past work experience, relevant to their field of study may consider completing a Flexible Assessment to fulfill this requirement.

c. Students who have not taken EXPE 2300 and have secured a position relevant to their field may consider completing a Practicum. To discuss this option, email coop@langara.ca.

A Flexible Assessment (BUSM 3000) is an evaluation of completed past work experience. The completed experience must be a minimum of 420 hours and the job description requires approval from a co-op instructor. To initiate a Flexible Assessment, email coop@langara.ca. Note that these requests will only be accepted during the first two months of the fall and spring semesters and the first month of the summer semester.

Post-Degree Diploma (PDD) Work Experience Questions

Students who have a confirmed work placement should contact their EXPE instructor for approval of the work placement.

In the PDD Business Administration and PDD Marketing Management programs, there is a mandatory Work Experience Term (EXPE 4814) in the final semester of the program. Before this work term, students will take three preparatory courses (EXPE 4801, EXPE 4802, and EXPE 4803) in sequential order, which will prepare students for their Work Experience Term. For each of the courses below, students will have a course instructor who will guide them through this job search process. Students should contact their course instructor for information regarding the course details and their work term.

  • EXPE 4801 – Career Goals, Resumes & Cover

  • EXPE 4802 – Interviews and Your Professional Image

  • EXPE 4803 – Employment Search Strategies

  • EXPE 4814 – Work Experience Term

To request an extension letter for either your co-op work permit or study permit, contact the International Education department at international@langara.ca. To update your co-op work permit letter, contact pddworks@langara.ca.

Students can contact their current EXPE instructor for support with questions regarding their work term.

Any questions regarding your work permit or study permit should be directed to the International Education department at international@langara.ca, as they have coordinators who are RCIC or RISIA certified.

Employer Questions

The Co-op & Career Development Team is working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. All of our online systems, the C3 job board, and co-op instructors are actively working with students and employers to make adjustments and secure 4 or 8 month paid co-op work terms which allow the student and employers to work safely and collaboratively.

We are actively accepting co-op job postings at coop@langara.ca.

Please note our adapted requirements for the fall 2020 co-op work terms in the Co-op FAQs above.

Contact us at coop@langara.ca if you have any questions.

We invite you to post employment opportunities on our C3 online job board viewable by our students and recent graduates. We welcome job postings for full-time, part-time, and temporary paid positions within Canada at no cost to the employer. To post a job, please create an employer account on our C3 job board and submit a job posting.

For regular full-time, part-time, and casual jobs, you can login to your C3 job board account and adjust the expiration date. For co-op jobs, please contact coop@langara.ca.

Contact us at coop@langara.ca with the job description of the position(s) you are hiring for. A co-op instructor will review your job posting to see if it qualifies for the co-op program.

If you are currently employing a Langara co-op student and the work has changed due to company adjustments to COVID-19, some options to keep the student working and contributing are to:

  • allow the student to complete tasks working from homechange the work the student is doing to meet your immediate company needs such as research, logistically supporting company employees working from home, investigating business tools to meet immediate needs, etc.

  • explore funding sources to offset the cost of the student

ACE-WIL BC Co-op Funding Resources
Resources from the provincial co-op and work-integrated learning association.

BC Tech Co-op Grant 
Get up to $20,000 per year in funding to hire co-op students, whether you’re a technology-based company looking to grow or a non-tech organization looking to grow your innovation footprint. There are two programs available: Employer Grant and Innovator Grant up to $10,000 per year in funding. Note: Some international students may be eligible.

Career Ready Program/Venture for Canada Internship Program/WIL Digital 
Earn up to $5,000 in wage subsidy per student per term. Hiring students from underrepresented groups can increase the amount to $7,000.

Canada Summer Jobs Program
Not-for-profit, private and public sector employers are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee.

Get Youth Working! Program
Offers employment counselling and up to $2,800 in wage subsidy to employers.

Innovate BC Resources
See the funding changes and options outlined by Innovate BC to help you hire a BC student during COVID-19.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
The Federal Government is offering a 75% wage subsidy to all businesses that have lost 30 per cent of their revenue.