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Studying in Canada offers a great opportunity for anyone wanting a world-class education while also working. Whether you choose to work on campus at the university or off-campus as an intern, international students can earn money while gaining valuable work experience. Here's how you can work in Canada as a student.   

Work on Campus

Working without a permit is offered to full-time students at a public post-secondary institution such as a college, university, or a private post-secondary institution operating under the same rules and regulations as a public institution. You must have a valid study permit and a SIN (Social Insurance Number) to qualify and will only be able to start working in Canada as an international student once your study program has officially begun. You can work for any of the following employers: 

  • the school
    • a faculty member
    • a student organization
    • yourself, if:
      • you run a business that is physically located on-campus (for example you own a coffee shop that is located on campus)
    • a private business
    • a private contractor that provides on-campus services to the school

    Work off Campus

    As a study permit holder, you can work up to 20 hours per week during the term and work full-time during your holidays. You will, however, need to ensure that you meet the following requirements: 

    • You’re a full-time student at a Designated Learning Institution(DLI); 
      • You’re enrolled in
        • a post-secondary program or
        • a secondary-level vocational training program (Quebec only)
      • Your study program
        • is at least 6 months long; and
        • leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate
      • Your study permit says, in the user remarks or conditions sections, that you can work off-campus;
      • You’ve started studying
      • You have a SIN

      If you are a part-time student you must meet all of the above-mentioned criteria and ensure that you are in your final semester and do not have a full course load. 

      Working off-campus as an intern can give you valuable experience in your field of interest.

      Work as an Intern

      Some academic programs require that you gain work experience as part of the curriculum. In this case, you will need to apply for a work permit as well as a study permit. To qualify, you will need to make sure that your intended employment is an essential part of your study program and you must obtain a certified letter from a responsible academic official of the institution. Unfortunately, you will not qualify if you study English or French as a second language (ESL or FSL) and if you participate in general interest or preparatory courses.

      Help Your Spouse Find a Job While You Study

      Canada has also made it possible to bring your spouse or common-law partner along for your journey while you study in Canada. If you are a full-time student with a valid study permit at a public post-secondary institution or private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, you may qualify. Your partner will have access to an open work permit, which means that they do not need a job offer to move to Canada. They will have the opportunity to apply for a job in Canada and work for as long as the course is running.  

      Can I Stay on and Work in Canada Once I've Graduated?

      Yes. There are 2 main ways to do this:

      • Apply for a work permit or post-graduation work permit (PGWP) before your study permit ends (you can continue to work while you're waiting for your application results); or
      • Start a new study program.

      Knowledge is power and Canada has the educational tools you need to garner powerful educational attributes to add to your professional resume. Ready to start your journey? Simply complete the eligibility consultation contact form and let us help you navigate your way to a better, brighter future.