Work while you study, help your spouse or common-law partner get a work permit while you study, work temporarily or stay permanently in Canada after you graduate as an international student.

You can only start working in Canada when you start your study program. You can’t work before your studies begin.

You can work as an international student in Canada if your study permit lists a condition that says you’re allowed to work on- or off-campus.

You can work on your school campus, without a work permit, if you:

  • Are a full-time post-secondary student at a:
    • public post-secondary school, such as a college or university, or CEGEP in Quebec
    • private college-level school in Quebec that operates under the same rules as public schools, and is at least 50% funded by government grants, or
    • Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law
  • Have a valid study permit, and
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Who can’t work on campus

You must stop working on-campus:

on the day you stop studying full-time
when your study permit expires
if you’re on an authorized leave from your studies
if you’re switching schools and aren’t currently studying
You can return to work only once you’re back to studying and you meet all the requirements to work on-campus.

Who can work on-campus

An “on-campus” employer can be:

  • The school
  • A faculty member
  • A student organization
  • Yourself, if:
    • You run a business that is physically located on-campus (for example: you own a coffee shop that is located on campus)
  • A private business
  • A private contractor that provides on-campus services to the school

Where you can work

“On-campus” means you can work at all the buildings on your school campus. If your school has more than one campus, you may only work at the campus where you’re studying in most cases.

You can work at other locations if

  • you’re working as a teaching or research assistant and
  • your work is strictly related to a research grant

In this case, you may work at a library, hospital or research facility associated with your school, even if they’re outside the campus.