International Students: On-campus work without a Work Permit in Canada

International Students: On-campus work without a Work Permit in Canada

Working while studying in Canada is one of the major advantages of choosing Canada as your study destination. International students who are starting their program in a DLI, allowed to work on and off-campus. This article will show you how to work on campus as a student in Canada.


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1. Who can work on campus without a work permit?

Full-time, post-secondary students may work without a work permit on the campus of the school at which they study. The work permit exemption is valid as long as the student continues to hold a valid study permit and continues to study at the school.

The exemption also applies to students who are working as teaching assistants or research assistants.

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).


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2. Who can not 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.

3. Where you can work on-campus and who can you work for?

“On-campus” means you can work at all the buildings on your school campus. If a school has more than one campus, the student can work at locations on those campuses as long as the campuses are within the same city. If an institution has campuses in different cities, the student can only work on the campus where he/she is registered as a full-time student.

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.

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


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4. How to work in Canada after Graduated?

To work in Canada after you graduate, you should apply for a PGWP. You can apply if:

  • your study permit is still valid
  • you have a valid visitor record
  • you submitted an application to extend your study permit before it expired and no decision has been made on your application
  • you submitted an application to change your status to visitor before your study permit expired and no decision has been made on your application

Applicants can receive only 1 post-graduation work permit in their lifetime. To obtain a post-graduation work permit, the applicant must currently hold valid temporary status or have left Canada. They must have graduated from an eligible designated learning institution (DLI).

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Admission Hub is one of the largest International Student Immigration Firm based in Toronto & Vancouver. Currently, it operates in the following markets: Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Europe, Vietnam, and India.

Our parent company CVH Immigration Ltd. Admission Hub is helping and supporting International Students around the world to Study, Work, and Immigrate to Canada. We are proud to partner with over +150 Canadian Institutions.

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