Work during your studies
International students have the option to work in Canada during their studies. A part-time position or co-op work term can help you get job experience and build new skills.
You should not plan to use the money you earn while in Canada to pay for your studies. When you apply for a study permit , you will have to show that you have the funds to support yourself while you live here, whether you have a job or not.
Working as an international student
If you work in Canada without permission, you could be violating the Immigration Act. That could result in you having to return to your home country.
If you are planning to work during your studies, whether as part of your program or in a job on or off campus, make sure you understand the requirements and restrictions.
If work experience is a required part of your program of study, you need to apply for a co-op work permit in addition to a study permit. If you are not sure whether you need a co-op work permit, check with your institution.
Find out more about international student permits and visas.
You can work on campus without a work permit if you meet certain requirements. You can work for up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session and full time during scheduled breaks in the academic calendar.
You can work off campus without a work permit if you meet certain requirements. You can work for up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session and full time during scheduled breaks in the academic calendar.
Working after your studies
You may be eligible to work in a study-related job for up to two years after graduation. Learn about working in Canada after your studies.
Helping your spouse or common-law partner work in Canada
In certain situations, your spouse or common-law partner is eligible for an open work permit. Learn more about eligibility requirements.