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Campus Student Employment

Campus Student Employment

Just been hired for a campus student employment position? Congratulations!

The Student Employment office manages all VIU on-campus Work-Op and Non Work-Op appointments and processes. See below if you are an enrolled and/or continuing VIU student working on campus and paid a bi-weekly salary or by submitting timesheets. Student campus jobs fall into one of three categories: Work-Op; Non Work-Op, (including Research); and Canada Summer Jobs.

FALL AND SPRING WORK-OP JOB POSTINGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON CareerVIU. Go to the Students & Alumni section and log in using your Registration student number and PIN then select On-Campus Employment for Work-Op postings. All students who are registered in 9 credits or more and have a valid Social Insurance Number are eligible for Work-Op positions. Click here for detailed instructions, then follow the instructions in the posting for how to apply.


Forms and information to get you started!

The Student Appointment Form has sections to be completed by both you and your supervisor and must be emailed to before starting work. To avoid delays in processing appointments, please do not drop off or send appointments forms through the mail.

Approved time-sheets signed by you and your supervisor must be emailed to They are generally due weekly on Thursdays, but sometimes change, so please check their website for current schedule. Payroll Documents (tax forms & direct deposit forms) should  be dropped off at the Payroll office or emailed directly to Payroll without copying student employment.

CCR Transcript

On-campus student employment is recognized through the Co-Curricular Record.

All work-op positions can now be found on the CCR Opportunity Directory and/or CareerVIU portal.

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Types of Student Employment


Wage Reimbursement

Work-Op is a fund managed through the Student Employment office to provide campus jobs to enrolled VIU students. Applications are open twice a year – once for the summer semester and again for the Fall and Spring together. Applications are approved in 50-hour blocks and reimbursed at minimum wage plus 12% for mandatory employer costs.

Note: Students are allowed only one Work-op position per semester except in special circumstances. All exceptions to eligibility or to the number of positions must have approval from the Student Employment office.


Non Work-Op

Non Work-Op

Department Funded

Non Work-Op covers all other campus work for VIU students, paid entirely out of departmental cost centres. Students must meet our eligibility requirements to qualify for student positions and must be paid minimum wage or higher. Research Assistant positions that are paid bi-weekly (salary) or by submitted timesheets are Non Work-Op and processed through the Student Employment office. Please contact the Research office if you will be making alternative payment arrangements.

Note: If a student’s course ends mid-semester, they are permitted to work up until the last day of that month.

Canada Summer Jobs

Government Funded

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides funding to help provide career-related work experience for youth aged 15 to 30 years old. A call for applications goes out every year, usually in January, and the Student Employment office submits an application on behalf of anyone interested in applying for funding. Once our office is notified of approval, we work with the applicants to process the appointments, ensuring that the details are in line with our funding agreement, then submit a claim form and distribute the reimbursement amounts appropriately.

Canada Summer Grants

Work-Op dates for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

The schedule below provides an overview of the upcoming Work-Op call-out, submission and approval dates. For more information or if you have any further questions, please email us at


1 - Call-Out Email

Friday, May 21st

An email will be sent out requesting new
work-op applications to be submitted.

4 - Position Availability

Friday, August 13th

Positions will now be visible on CareerVIU and
the CCR Opportunity Directory.

2 - Application Deadline

Monday, June 14th at 11:59pm

5 - Fall Work-Op Period

September 7th to Dec. 23rd

3 - Results Email Sent

Monday, July 19th

6 - Spring Work-Op Period

January 6th to April 22nd

7 - Final Timesheet Deadline

April 28, 2022 is the last date for submitting timesheets to be eligible for reimbursement. Please submit in the week the hours were worked whenever you can.



Frequently Asked Questions for Supervisors

The Work-Op period runs from the first day of a semester to the last day of final exams.

Yes, hours can be split between the Fall and Spring semesters as you like, but Summer hours can only be used in the Summer.

No, they can definitely work more. Check your approval email to see how many hours that will be funded and use the Cumulative Timesheet Record above to track students' hours.

It went up to $15.20/hour on June 1, 2021. Reimbursement for hours worked is based on the minimum wage rate on the day of work. We also add 12% to the reimbursement to cover other employment costs, like vacation pay, etc.

Fall/Spring Work-Op period: after each semester ends plus an additional one before year-end.

Summer: one reimbursement after the semester ends.

Watch for the call-out emails every Spring then follow the instructions to log in to the CareerVIU portal and post your job by the stated deadlines. You will also need to submit an Application Approval form by the same deadline and we will let you know within a few weeks if you were approved for any or all of the positions requested. Please see the Work-Op dates for Fall and Spring above for more details.

Fall and Spring semesters: students need to be enrolled full-time at VIU, i.e. three 3-credit courses, or two Academic and Career Prep or ESL courses, but students with documented disabilities are eligible with only six credits.

Summer semester: generally students need to be enrolled in one 3-credit course, or one ACP or ESL course, but because of COVID we are allowing continuing students to work in Summer 2021. They need to have been enrolled full-time in the previous Spring and be continuing in the Fall to qualify.

International students: must meet all the eligibility requirements noted above but must also have a valid Study Permit or have an acknowledgement letter that indicates they have applied to renew their permit prior to its expiration date.

Students are not allowed to work in more than one Work-Op position, but they can also have a Non Work-Op position at the same time.

You need to create a posting as part of the application for funding, but there is a place on the posting form where you indicate whether you want the posting made visible to students. If you already have a student you want to hire you can just answer no to this question. That being said, as of Fall 2021, all Work-Op positions will be recognized on the Co-Curricular Record.

Work Order numbers and Activity Codes are now needed for creating appointments, replacing cost centres and object codes. Supervisors should contact their dean's office or the person in charge of departmental finances for these numbers.

As of Fall 2021, all approved Work-Op positions have been added to the Co-Curricular Record Opportunity Directory. If you are in a  Non Work-Op or Canada Summer Jobs position and are looking for your involvement to be recognized, please email for more information.

As of Fall 2021, all approved Work-Op positions have been added to the Co-Curricular Record Opportunity Directory. If you have received approval for your Work-Op position, as a VIU Faculty/Staff you will now be considered as the position Validator. As a Validator, you will be responsible to approve the students' reflection based upon their selected VIU Graduate Attributes. The Co-Curricular Record team will be in touch with all Validator's with more information and details. Thank you!


Contact Us

In August 2020 the Student On-Campus Employment office moved from the Centre for Experiential Learning to Financial Aid and Awards.


Jennifer Jensen-Richards

Manager, Financial Aid Access,
Resources and Assessment Services


Co-Curricular Record

Office of Co-Curricular
Engagement & Learning