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Working in Canada

Working on Campus

You may work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit if: You are a full-time student at a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university You have a valid study permit. The work permit authorizes you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break).

Working off Campus

The Off-Campus Work Permit Program allows certain foreign students to work off campus while completing their studies. To qualify, you must be a full-time student enrolled at a participating publicly funded post-secondary educational institution The work permit authorizes you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break).

Co-op and internship programs

For some academic programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. Foreign students who wish to participate in a co-op or internship program must apply for a work permit as well as a study permit.

Working after graduation

If you want to work in Canada after you graduate from your studies, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.

Work available to your spouse or common-law partner

Your spouse or common-law partner may apply for a work permit if: You are a full-time student at: a public post-secondary institution You have a valid study permit or valid work permit. Work permits for your spouse or common-law partner are valid for the same period of time as your study or work permit.