Work and Study in Canada

Unlike foreign or international students in Australia or New Zealand, Canada offers work rights to students for both on or off campus.


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Work and Study in Canada
Posted on December 20, 2013 | Canada

Unlike foreign or international students in Australia or New Zealand, Canada offers work rights to students for both on or off campus.

On campus work allows students to work in the institutions where they are currently enrolled in full time academic studies without a work permit.  The full-time studies must be in a public post-secondary institution (college or university) in Quebec; a private post-secondary institution in Quebec that operates under the same rules a public institutions, receiving at least 50% of its financing for overall operations from government grant; and Canadian private institutions authorized by provincial laws to confer degrees.

Work off campus

The Off-Campus Work Permit Program allows certain foreign students to work off campus while completing their studies. Students must be enrolled full time in an academic program at a participating publicly funded post-secondary educational institution or in an approved program at an eligible privately funded institution.

Unlike on campus employment, students intending to work off campus must apply for a work permit; must now work until the work permit is issued and work is for 20 hours a week while school is in session.  Students may work full time off-campus during scheduled school breaks – winter, spring and summer.

Work as a co–op student or intern

Some academic programs in Canada includes work placement as part of the curriculum.  This type of programs are called co-op or internship programs.  The student must apply for a work permit as well as a study permit.

To be eligible for a work permit in a co-op or internship program, the student

  • Have a valid study permit.
  • The intended employment must be an essential part of the program of study in Canada.
  • The employment must be part of the academic program, certified by a letter from a responsible academic official of the institution.
  • The co-op or internship employment cannot form more than 50% (percent) of the total program of study.

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