Generally, the Canadian study permit allows only for academic purposes. However, foreign students can carry out work activities, under clearly stipulated conditions, as long as they obtain a work permit. Therefore, working while studying in Canada is very much possible.
Here are 3 Ways You Can Legally Work While Studying in Canada:
- Work as an intern
In some academic programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. Foreign students who hold a study permit can carry out paid work internships, for which they must apply for a work permit.
But, to obtain work authorization, the student must demonstrate that the internship is an essential part of the study program and does not constitute more than 50% of the total academic program.
In addition, the employer must be certified by the educational institution to participate in the study program. A letter issued by the academic tutor is sufficient to authorize the employer to receive an international student as an intern.
- Working in Canada after graduation
An International student holding a study permit can work in Canada after earning a post-secondary diploma. However, to do this, they must apply for a work permit with in the framework of the “Post-Graduation Work Permit Program” (PGWPP). This authorization allows the recently graduated student to gain work experience in Canada in their area of study.
This type of work permit is issued for a duration equivalent to the study program carried out, up to a maximum of three years. For example, if the applicant graduated from a four-year program of study, they may be eligible to obtain a three- year work permit. The minimum study time required is 8 months, in which case the work permit will be extended for a maximum of 8 months.
This type of work permit is a safe way for the student to apply for a permanent residence visa through the Canadian Experience Program!
- Working on the university campus
Foreign students who hold a study permit can do part-time work on the university campus where they are studying. The interested party will only be required to study full time at a university or college.
You can either choose to work outside the University or College in Canada or choose to work in the Campus. Well, either case, here are some things you need to know.
You can also work while studying in Canada by choosing from the following 3 alternatives:
- The first alternative is to work part-time while pursuing higher studies at one of the public institutions of higher education such as George Brown, Douglas College, Seneca and others.
- The second alternative is to study at a private university that operate under the same regulations as a public one and can issue degrees endorsed by the province.
- The third alternative is to opt for a CO- OP program which in corporate work as part of the study program. Co-op education, or co-operative education, is a program where students get the chance to work in an industry related to their field.
Several colleges or institutes of higher education offer CO- OP programs so you can study and work in Canada at the same time.
You can either choose to study in the campus of the University or College in Canada or Outside the University or Campus. If you choose the latter, here is what you have to know about working outside the University or College in Canada:
WORKING OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE IN CANADA
Foreign nationals who hold a study permit and wish to work outside the university or college must apply for a work permit once they are in Canadian territory. It is prohibited to start working outside the university without having obtained the necessary authorization.
The work permit allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full time during vacations (such as winter, summer, and spring break). However, having a work permit is not a guarantee that the student will have a job occupation.
On the other hand, the Canadian authorities insist on emphasizing that, even if he is allowed to work, the completion of studies must remain the main reason for a foreign student to stay in Canada.
To obtain a work permit, the international student must be enrolled full-time in a Canadian state-funded institution of higher education or in an eligible private educational institution.
Eligible private institutions are those that have signed agreements with provincial or territorial governments or with the Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship to authorize their students to work off campus.
Also, those governed by the same rules and regulations as public institutions or those whose activities are funded at least 50% by government grants (currently, only private Quebec university institutions qualify for this definition).
When a student stops studying full time or when he loses a satisfactory academic position (poor academic performance), he runs the risk of having his work permit withdrawn.
Does having a work permit guarantee you of getting a job?
Having a work permit is not a guarantee of having a job. The student is responsible for the search for her work. The opportunities depend on your ability and perseverance.
However here is a tip on how you can get a job while studying in Canada:
To get an idea of the jobs available, you can visit the job pages on the Internet and the main newspapers of the cities where Canadian universities are located.