Jobs in Canada - Internships, Part-Time Jobs & Post-study Work

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Apr 8, 2020 13:44 IST

Earn While You Learn in Canada: The country offers a high standard of living and has good job prospects for potential migrants. Which means many jobs opportunities are available for students on and off-campus. The people are friendly, the remuneration is excellent and there exists a healthy work/life balance. If you're studying in Canada, it is advised that you have enough funds in your bank to sustain your stay there without the need to work because there is no guarantee you will get work while studying.

Job Prospects

There is a difference between getting hired for a full-time dream job after completing your studies and working part-time to support your living while you are studying. When it comes to looking for a full-time job while you have completed your international programme, you would definitely want to experience the foreign industry. To be eligible for working after your graduation, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. It issues a work permit to students to foreign post-secondary students who wish to remain temporarily in Canada after graduation to work in their field of study.

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Before you start searching options for the most popular and highest paying job sectors in Canada, you might want to refer whether working while studying in Canada is easy or difficult.

Part-Time Jobs

An interesting fact about studying abroad is that international students can support their daily expenses with the help of part-time jobs.

  • On-Campus Work

You can work on-campus at the university from where you are obtaining higher studies. You are allowed to work based on your eligibility conditions and you can work 20 hours a week during your studies and full time during vacations. "On-campus" employment is defined as employment in facilities owned, leased, or rented by the educational institution.

  • Off-Campus Work

In order to work off-campus while studying, international students should have a valid off-campus work-permit. To be eligible for off-campus, you should be a full-time student at a publicly-funded post-secondary institution or a private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees.

Co-op and Internships

Finding an internship in your domain is an essential step toward accomplishing your career goals. It is always a good idea to experience the industry while you are pursuing a dedicated course that too on the international front. Gaining industrial exposure helps you get an insight into the industry and understand the scope of the chosen course.

While studying in Canada, there are some courses in which employment is an essential part of the course. There are few courses offered that require professional experience to graduate and they will be given their degree only after showing the relevant work experience, either on-campus or off-campus. The internship or co-op work cannot form more than 50% of the total program of study.

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For this one has to apply for a work permit. In order to apply for a work permit, you will need a letter from your Faculty as a proof that the employment or job you have is an essential part of your course of study and is a requirement of your degree. On your work permit, the University will be listed as your employer and the expiry date will match that of your study permit. You must obtain a work permit prior to starting your employment.

Types of Work Permit Applications

Send your application to:

Student work permit extensions

(includes Co-op, Off-Campus Work Permits and Internships)

Citizenship and Immigration - Work Permit
CPC -Vegreville
6212 - 55th Avenue, Unit 202
Vegreville AB T9C 1X6

New Student work permits

(includes Co-op, Off-Campus Work Permits, Internships, and Post-Graduation Work Permits)

Citizenship and Immigration - Work Permit
CPC -Vegreville
6212 - 55th Avenue, Unit 555
Vegreville AB T9C 1X6

About the Author
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert

With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio



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