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Working in Canada

International students must  arrive in Canada with enough money to pay for their living expenses while studying. However, job opportunities still exist for international students who wish to work in order to gain experience or additional funds. International students in Canada are able to work on-campus or off-campus if they meet certain conditions. 
 
Students MUST NOT work without being authorized by the CIC to do so. If you work without authorization, you may be asked to leave Canada. For more information, check Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Working ON & OFF Campus

Working ON Campus

International students may work on campus at the institution where they study, if:

  • they are full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at their University or College (English Language Programs such as ELIP are excluded)
  • they have a valid Study Permit
  • their Study Permit states that they are eligible to work on campus
  • they have a valid SIN number
Working OFF Campus

International students may work off campus, if:

  • they are full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at their University or College (English Language Programs such as ELIP are excluded)
  • they have a valid Study Permit
  • their Study Permit states that they are eligible to work off campus
  • they have a valid SIN number
  • CLICK HERE to check if you are able to work off-campus in Canada.
Additional Information
  • International students are allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks (example: summer break)
  • A Study Permit is acceptable only when it indicates that the permit holder “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada.
  • If your Study Permit states that you are "prohibited from engaging in employment in Canada", make an appointment through mysuccess to meet with the International Student Advisor, Deena Wang.

  1. Working Off-Campus
  2. Working After Graduation
  3. Applying for a Coop Work Permit
  4. Work Permit for Spouses
  5. Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  6. Information for On-Campus Employers
  7. Career Services
    1. Resume & Cover Letter Help
    2. International Student Resume Clinic
    3. Careers in my major
    4. Job postings in mySuccess
    5. Volunteer Internship Program (VIP)