Recruiting Ethics

The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) provides guidelines on recruiting ethics. The following is the information on employer ethics from CAFCE’s website:

The successful recruitment of co-operative education students depends upon the collective activities of three parties – the interested employer, the co-op student, and the associated educational institution. All participants must adhere to provincial and federal legislation in their recruitment and employment practices. However, the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education supports additional guidelines concerning recruiting ethics that support the development of a mutually beneficial and fair process for all concerned.

Employer Ethics

  • Provide accurate job posting information including salary and location
  • Provide reasonable notice of candidates to be interviewed and of interview cancellations
  • Respect an institution’s schedule regarding job postings, interview arrangements, job offers, etc., and heed the co-operative education policies and procedures of an institution
  • Not discuss job offers or rankings with candidates before, during, or following an interview
  • Not seek a candidate’s assessment of another candidate
  • Not make multiple job rankings or offers unless prepared to accept multiple candidates
  • Honour all matches, and not rescind offers of employment
  • Confirm all job offers in writing
  • Not translate a co-op assignment into a full-time position encouraging a student to settle for less

Student Ethics

  • Abide by the co-op policies of their institution
  • Ensure that employers have accurate information regarding their qualifications
  • Notify the co-op office, well in advance, if interviews must be rescheduled or cancelled 
  • Not discuss or mislead employers about their ranking or job acceptance intentions, and not provide information to employers on other students or employers
  • Honour their acceptance of employment as a contractual agreement with the employer


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