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Work during your studies

Work during school

Whether you choose to work on or off-campus, make sure you understand the requirements.

Work on-campus

Am I eligible?

You may work on-campus at the institution you are attending without a work permit if:

  • you are a full-time student at an eligible post-secondary institution; and
  • you have a valid study permit

For more information about working on-campus, contact your post-secondary institution's international education office .


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Work off-campus

You may work off campus at the institution you are attending without a work permit.

Am I eligible?

If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to:

  • work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and
  • work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.

To qualify, you must:

  • have a valid study permit,
  • be a full-time student,
  • be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
  • be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
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Co-op and internship programs

Some programs include work experience as part of the curriculum. You must apply for a work permit to participate in co-op or internship programs.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for a work permit if:

  • you have a valid study permit
  • your intended employment is an essential part of your program of study
  • your employment is part of your academic, vocational or professional training program offered by an eligible institution, certified by a letter from your institution
  • your co-op or internship does not form more than 50 per cent of the total program of study
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How do I apply?

Apply online

  1. Determine if you are eligible for a work permit.
  2. Follow the steps to complete your application online.

Apply on paper

  1. Download the application package .
  2. Complete the application and provide the required documentation.
  3. Mail the application form and documents to the address included in the application.

Student Work Permit


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Last updated: Jun 01, 2017