If you receive an off-campus work program work permit, you may work up to 20 hours per week during the regular academic year and full-time during scheduled breaks (e.g., reading weeks, seasonal holidays, and summer break).
However, keep in mind that your studies must remain your main reason for being in Canada.
To be eligible for a work permit under this program, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- have a valid study permit
- be currently registered as a full-time student in a program at a participating post-secondary institution
- have been registered as a full-time student at a participating post-secondary institution for at least six out of the last 12 months (Note: co-op work terms can be used to count towards initial eligibility for the program, subject to approval by your post-secondary institution)
- have maintained satisfactory academic standing in your program of study (according to the standards set by your institution)
For more information about student eligibility, download the student guide from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, or contact the designated institutional representative at your institution.
You are NOT eligible to apply for a work permit under this program if you:
- previously held an off-campus work permit, failed to maintain your eligibility, and failed to surrender your work permit. However, if you become ineligible for the program and surrender your work permit, you may reapply for a work permit if you meet the requirements later on.
- have failed to comply with the conditions of your study permit or your work permit
- are a visiting or exchange student
- have a partial or full scholarship from:
- The Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
- The Government of Canada Awards Program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
- The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
- are registered in a program that consists either exclusively or primarily of English or French as a second language