Work while study in Canada

To be able to study and work in Canada, you must be registered and enrolled at your designated learning institution, and you must get Social Insurance Number from Service Canada.

Working off campus.

As of JuneĀ 1, 2014 new CIC rules make it easier for study permit holders to work off campus. Full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution will be:

  • eligible to work off campus without a work permit
  • allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled breaks; and
  • able to work off campus immediately

To be able to work in Canada, however, you must be registered and enrolled at your designated learning institution, and you must get a Social Insurance Number from Service Canada.

Work as part of a co-op or internship program:
  • As of JuneĀ 1, 2014, you will be able to work as part of a co-op or internship program only if the work is an essential part of an academic, vocational or professional training program offered by a designated learning institution.
  • To work as part of a co-op/internship program, you will need to apply for a co-op work permit that is separate from your study permit.
  • If you are studying English or French as a second language, or participating in general interest or preparatory courses, you will not be eligible to work during your studies.

If you are a temporary foreign worker or a foreign student, and have skilled work experience in Canada, you may qualify from temporary resident status to permanent residence under Canadian Experience Class.