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Placements

The term placement encapsulates many types of experiences, including, internships, practicums, service learning, and co-op. All placements should integrate theory and practice and provide students with practical experience in the workplace. Volunteer opportunities, observerships and field trips are not considered to be placements.

Paid Placements vs Unpaid Placements

Students on placements who are receiving wages from their placement employers are considered to be on paid placements and should be treated as any other worker employed by the placement employer. Students should have employee contracts with their employers and the responsibilities of the employer and the student should be clearly defined.

Students on placements receiving no funds from their placement employers or who are receiving stipends, honorariums or reimbursements are considered to be on unpaid placements. A placement agreement should be in place as it provides a detailed framework for the relationship between the University, placement site and student. Further documentation is required to secure workplace insurance and confirm the responsibilities of all parties. The requirements for unpaid placements are listed below.

Unpaid Placement Requirements
Student Placement Portal

The Student Placement Portal is a resource for placement coordinators, it includes the placement agreement repository, workplace insurance processing and health and safety information. The Portal has been developed to provide guidance and support to the academic divisions to align their administrative processes with relevant legislation, policy and procedure that is related unpaid work integrated learning opportunities for students. For access to the Student Placement Portal please contact placements@utoronto.ca.

Placement Portal Login

 

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