Finance your Stay and Gain Work Experience While Studying

 

If you want to work during your studies to finance your stay or gain experience, our licensed recruitment agency, Workvantage, can share your profile with employers to enhance your job search.

Workvantage’s expert team can connect you with businesses interested in hiring staff for seasonal jobs. This can fit perfectly into your scheduled study breaks.

Gaining work experience while you study can also translate into better options to apply for Permanent Residency in the future.

It’s also important to consider the benefits that a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) can provide. Depending on the academic institute of your choice, you’ll be able to apply for job opportunities Off-Campus and/or On-Campus. For more detailed information see below:

Work Off-Campus

Full-time students can work off-campus only if their study permit details they can do so. If that is your case, you don’t need a work permit to apply for a job, but you can only work in Canada under the following conditions:

  • During semester periods, you’ll only be able to work 20 hours per week (which should be detailed in the study permit).
  • During scheduled breaks (like summer and winter holidays or spring break), you’ll be able to work full-time and even extra time.

To be able to work off-campus while studying, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a valid Study Permit that details that you can work during your study program.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a Designated Learning Institution.
  • Be enrolled in a study program longer than a six-month period.
  • Be enrolled in a study program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate.
  • Have already begun your study program.
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Note: Only if you’re in the final semester of your study program (and therefore don’t require a complete course load to complete your studies), you’ll be able to work while studying half-time.

Other details:

  • As a full-time international student, you can only work in Canada once your study program has started.
  • You can’t work in Canada if you no longer meet one or various of the eligibility criteria. 
  • If your eligible to work off-campus and your Study Permit doesn’t have work conditions detailed, you can ask for them to be added (no government fee required).
  • If your program doesn’t have scheduled breaks, you can only work 20 hours per week.
  • Exceeding the permitted work time as a student can lead to losing your student status (generating a negative record) and might stop you from being granted a new study or work permit in the future.
Work On-Campus

On-Campus work is valid for full-time international students enrolled in public post-secondary education institutions (college, university) or in private institutions that can legally award degrees under provincial law.

If that is your case, you don’t need a work permit to apply for a job, but you can only work in Canada under the following conditions:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a post-secondary school or a private school that legally awards degrees under provincial law.
  • Have a valid Study Permit that specifies you can work On-Campus during your studies.
  • Have a Social Insurance Number.

To be able to work off-campus while studying, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Work only in the buildings of your school and on your campus. If the Institution has more than one campus, you can only have a job in the one you study.
  • Only if you’re working as a teaching or research assistant or your work is strictly related to a research grant, you’ll be able to work in other places like a research facility, hospital or library associated with your school, even if it’s outside campus.

What qualifies as On-Campus employment:

  • A job from your school.
  • A job from a Faculty Member.
  • A job from a student organization.
  • A job from a business located on-campus (either if it’s yours or owned by someone else).
  • A job from a private contractor that provides on-campus services to the school.

When can you no longer work On-Campus:

  • If you stop studying full-time (except if it’s your last semester).
  • If your work permit expires.
  • If you have an authorized leave from your studies.
  • If you’re not currently studying due to a school change.
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