Requirements for work in Canada

Off-Campus Work Permit Program

As of June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off-campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break. To qualify you must:

  • have a valid study permit
  • be a full-time student
  • be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
  • be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate that is at least six months in duration.

This permission is noted on the bottom of your study permit—if it is not there, see your ISA.

On-Campus Work

You may work on-campus at the institution where you study without a work permit if:

  • you are a full-time student at:
  • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, or a college d’enseignement general et professionnel (CEGEP) 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 institutions in Quebec qualify) or
  • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees
  • you have a valid study permit

Co-Op Work Permit Program

To be eligible for a work permit, you must meet the following requirements:

  • you have a valid study permit
  • your intended employment must be an essential part of your program of study in Canada
  • your employment must be part of your academic, vocational, or professional training program offered by a designated learning institution, certified by a letter from a responsible academic official of the institution
  • your co-op or internship employment cannot form more than 50% of the total program of study
  • you will not be eligible to work during your studies if:
    • you study English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or
    • you participate in general interest or preparatory courses

Post-Graduate Work Permit

To be eligible for a post-graduate work permit:

  • you must have studied full-time in Canada and you must have completed a program of study that lasted at least eight months
  • you must have graduated from:
    • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, trade/technical school, university or CEGEP (in Quebec), or
    • a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions, or
    • a private secondary or post-secondary institution (in Quebec) offering qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer leading to a diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP) or an attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP), or
    • a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees but only if you are not in all programs of study leading to a degree as authorized by the province and not in all programs of study offered by the private institution
  • you must apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation (for example, a transcript or official letter) from your institution indicating that you have met the requirements for completing your academic program
  • you must have completed and passed the program of study and received a notification that you are eligible to obtain your degree, diploma, or certificate
  • you must have a valid study permit when you apply for the work permit

Volunteer opportunities & co-curricular record

The Get Involved program at Niagara College allows students to find volunteer opportunities in one location, as well as add their volunteer experiences to their Co-Curricular Records (CCR).

The CCR is used to enhance your résumé and career or academic portfolios. You can use the CCR to showcase your co-curricular involvement to future employers, graduate schools, and for grants and bursaries.

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Graduating?

Email getinvolved@niagaracollege.ca to request a copy of your co-curricular record.

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