Working in Canada
Working in CANADA during studies:
Many Universities and Colleges encourage you and connect you with companies with who you can work during your holidays. Keep in touch with the career service unit at the University/College early on!
a) Work On Campus in Canada: Students may work up to 20 hours per week for the University/College they are attending. Typical on-campus jobs might include working in a cafeteria or working in the Athletic Centre. These jobs are, however, scarce and usually on a first come, first served basis. There are jobs available for only a few students each semester and you shouldn’t count on getting an on-campus job during your first semester. Usually, all the jobs are filled by students who apply during the previous semester. You don’t need a work permit to work on campus.
b) Work Off Campus in Canada: You may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to work for a total of 20 hours per week and during vacations a maximum of 40 hours per week.
c) Spouse Work permit: Your spouse may apply for an open work permit (which means they need not have a job offer or a labour market opinion from service Canada) if you are a full time student and have a valid study permit. Work permits of Spouse are valid for the same period of time as your study permit.
d) Internship (Co-op) Work in Canada: Many Colleges and Universities at the undergraduate and graduate level have a Co-op option within their course curriculum which allows students to gain valuable work experience in line of their studies. You must apply for a co-operative education work permit for the same after you have got a study permit while you are studying at the college. The International student centres/advisors at the University / College where you are studying help you in this case.
Work after your studies:
To work in Canada you must apply for Post Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). A student is allowed to stay back in the country for the length of your program upto a maximum of 3 years to look for a job and work full-time Over 90% of Canada’s college graduates are employed in their field of study within six months after graduation and 93% of employers are satisfied with graduates.
Contact us in case you need admission counseling to study and plan for working in Canada.