What is the rationale for requiring co-op work terms to be scheduled during more than one season of the year?
The criteria stipulates: Co-op work terms occur in different seasons to ensure exposure to the work environment at different times of the year; any exceptions to this rule must clearly show that the type of work is seasonal in nature.
Scheduling work terms in more than one season is important so that students can be exposed to real differences in demand, the nature of the work and priorities throughout the year.
The alternating sequence of a co-op program provides for a year-round commitment by the institution and the employer. For employers it means a continuous year-round work force; for institutions it means full use of space, facilities and faculty/staff.
There are programs which may be constrained by factors such as climate, location, nature of the business etc., where a work term can only be offered on a seasonal basis. An applicant should be able to demonstrate (perhaps through government employment data) that career opportunities for graduates within these fields are restricted due to seasonal conditions. Golf-course management and specialized construction programs are two examples where an exemption may be considered.