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At Seneca, we are proud to host hundreds of high school students at our campuses throughout the year. These initiatives are an excellent opportunity for students to get an early experience of what higher education is all about, from our many learning opportunities to student life to the exciting career opportunities that open up with a postsecondary education.

David Agnew, President, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Every time an employer provides a student with the opportunity to gain work-related knowledge, skills and experience, they make an incalculable positive contribution to the quality of a young person's life and career prospects.

In 2010, the Provincial Partnership Council created the Ontario Employer designation to recognize extraordinary employers that are supporting the futures of significant numbers of high school students across Ontario.

Recipients of the designation are presented with a commemorative plaque and accompanying certificate from Ontario's Ministry of Education and are publicly acknowledged for their important contributions. They also enjoy the right to use the Ontario Employer emblem in their corporate, marketing and communications materials.

The deadline for 2015 applications is: December 4, 2015

Only information pertaining to the 2014-2015 academic year – running September 2014 through to August 2015 - will be considered by the review committee.

The following types of school-work opportunities are recognized by the designation:

Student Placements:

  • Cooperative Education
  • School-Work Transition Programs
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Specialist High Skills Major Program
  • Job Shadowing/Mentoring
  • Volunteer Placements

Outreach Activities:

  • Career Fair Participation
  • Classroom Visits/Career Talks
  • Workplace Tours

Applications are assessed using a simple point system. A minimum total of 50 points is required to earn the designation. One point is awarded for every school-work opportunity, either student placement or outreach activity, provided by an employer in the applicable academic year.

Note: Student placements are awarded one point for every participating student.