Working Rights for students in Canada

Career / Jobs in Canada

Many students will want to know if they can work while they study in Canada (or after they finish their studies). A student may be able to work in Canada during the course of study:

• Part time  work  20 hours /week
• In Co-op and Internship Programs, where work experience is part of the curriculum, .
• In addition, spouses/common-law partners of international students are eligible to work in Canada while their partners study.

Upon graduation, international students are encouraged to obtain Canadian work experience. The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows international graduates to obtain a three-year open work permit so that they can stay and contribute to the Canadian work force.

Work for Spouses: There may be work for the spouses of international students while they study in Canada. A student’s spouse or common-law partner may apply for a work permit if the student is a full- time student with a valid study permit at:

• A public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university or collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (Cégep) in Quebec
• A private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50% of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify)
• A Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees

Some international students who have graduated in Canada will be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class, which allows them to move in a streamlined fashion from temporary to permanent residence. They will have to meet certain language requirements; have completed at least 12 months of skilled work in Canada that falls under certain classifications (managerial, professional, or technical/skilled); and be planning to live in provinces other than Quebec.

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