Work Off Campus
Who can work off-campus?
- have a valid study permit
- are a full-time student at a designated learning institution (DLI)
- have started studying
- are in a program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate and is at least six months long, and
- have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- have been a full-time student since you started your program in Canada, and
- are now studying part-time only because this is your last semester (and you don’t need a full course-load to complete your program).
If your situation changes and you no longer meet all the requirements, you must stop working off-campus.
Who can’t work off-campus?
- studying English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or
- taking general interest courses or courses to prepare for another study program, or
- a visiting or exchange student who won’t get a degree from your host school in Canada.
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
You need a SIN to work in Canada and to get benefits and services from government programs. You can apply for a SIN through Service Canada.
- May work 20 hrs. per week off-campus, or full-time during regular breaks, if meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v)of IRPR
- May accept employment on or off-campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w) and must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.
If you meet the above criteria and these conditions aren’t listed on your study permit, you must request a change to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.
- your study permit has “This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off-campus employment in Canada,”, printed on it and
- you have changed your program of study.
How many hours can you work?
- during regular school sessions, or while you are studying if you are enrolled in an intensive program that doesn’t have scheduled breaks
- if you are studying part-time because you are completing the last session of your program
- if you are a graduate student who has completed the required courses for your degree.
- during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break, and
- after you finish your studies if you have applied for any other work permit.