Work In Canada as a Student
As an international student in Canada, you are eligible to work along with your studies. Canada’s immigration policy provides the opportunity to gain work experience to international students who have chosen Canada.
With a valid Canadian Study Permit, an international student can work for an employer outside the campus of the educational institution where he or she is registered.
Once eligible for off-campus work, international students can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
In order to be eligible to work off-campus during his or her studies, an international student must:
Sometimes a student who is no longer studying full-time may be able to continue working off-campus if he or she:
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) considers a student’s full-time status based on the number of hours and credits allocated towards the completion of a degree, diploma or certificate, as determined by the DLI.
An international student may be able to work within the boundaries of the campus where he or she is registered if the student meets specific criteria.
For an international student to work on-campus without a work permit, he or she must:
- hold a valid Study Permit;
- be registered as a full-time post-secondary student at a:
- public post-secondary school, such as a college or university, or CEGEP in Quebec
- a private college-level school in Quebec that operates under the same rules as public schools, and is at least 50% funded by government grants, or
- a Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law
On-campus work includes working for an employer located on the campus grounds of the educational institution where a student is studying.
An on-campus employer includes the school, a faculty member, a student organization, a private business (located within the boundaries of the campus), a private contractor that provides services to the school, and being self-employed on-campus.
Work in Canada as a co-op student or intern
International students pursuing a study program at a DLI in Canada that requires a mandatory work placement or internship must apply for a co-op or intern work permit in addition to a valid study permit.