Part Time Jobs in Canada for International Students in 2023

Part Time Jobs in Canada for International Students in 2023

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Aprant Agarwal
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 14:20 IST
Part Time Jobs in Canada for International Students: If you're working while studying in Canada, you obtain great job experience especially if your ultimate plan is to apply for PR (permanent residence). Not only this but getting into part-time employment will also help you meet new people and build professional ties which could help you in the future when you start looking up for a full-time opportunity. Overseas students searching for part-time jobs do not need to necessarily possess high skills. There are plenty of jobs that require you to only be diligent, hardworking and have a knack for learning new things. In this article, we will discuss about the part time jobs in Canada for international students.
Part Time Jobs in Canada for International Students

On the Canadian student visa, you have permission of working for 20 hours/week at a paid job. However, this is the maximum number of hours that you are allowed to work for. Students who are enrolled in difficult or intensive courses are recommended by the universities to work for a maximum of 12 hours a week. This is because working for more than this number can affect a student's performance in studies. So you can reduce the number of working hours if you feel you are unable to maintain a work-study-life balance. Check out: Job Opportunities in Canada

So, is it worth going to Canada in 2023 as a student? The answer is a YES!

Monetary Pay in Canada for Part Time Work

Usually, for part-time jobs, students are paid by hours. The rate of pay is around $10 an hour, on average. If your aim is only to gain work experience, like helping your professor with research work, then you don’t need a work permit. Make sure that you network well with your professors if you wish to work with them. It will help you enter academia if your chosen career path is research. This kind of work has to be on-campus and will be paid less; you can work beyond the stipulated number of hours. So with just the student visa, you can still engage in academic work on campus.

If an international student wishes to work off-campus, he can apply for an off-campus work permit after completing six months of study. That permit will allow the student to work for a maximum of 20 hours/week off-campus.

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Part Time Work for Students in Canada Eligibility

In order to work part-time in Canada as an international student, you need to fulfil certain eligibility criteria. Let us look at the eligibility criteria for part-time work in Canada for international students.

Off-Campus Work

In order to work part time in Canada as an international student, in off-campus jobs, you need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A 9-digit Social Insurance Number provided by the Government of Canada.
  • Full-time course in a DLI.
  • Post-secondary academic, vocational, or professional training programme. Students in Quebec may be enrolled in a secondary-level vocational training programme.
  • The academic programme must be of at least 6 months in duration and must fetch you a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • Your programme must have started (you cannot work before the start of your academic programme).

On-Campus Work

International students are allowed to work on campus (even without a permit) if they fulfil the following conditions:

  • Enrollment in a full-time post-secondary course.
  • Possessing a valid study visa.
  • Have a Social Insurance Number.

How to Find a Part-time Job in Canada for Indian Students

All colleges and universities have bulletin boards where on-campus job openings are advertised. There will also be websites carrying information about similar job openings.

You can work in cafes, restaurants and coffee shops; retail stores like clothing or sports goods stores; as a lifeguard or swimming instructor at a college swimming pool or beach; bookstores, libraries etc. If you are multilingual, you can work as a translator. As Canada is a multicultural society, the services of a translator are widely required.

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Canada Student Visa and Part-time Work

Students must understand the difference between S-1 and SW-1 Visas.

  • S-1 Visa is Study Only Visa
  • SW-1 Visa is a Study and Work Visa (given to those who have compulsory work, internship, or co-op program that requires Credits Of Work)
  • You can work with S-1 Visa also, for a maximum of 20 hours per week (part-time) during semesters. During the vacation period, full-time work is allowed. Besides, once you find a co-op, you can get your S-1 Visa upgraded to SW-1 Visa without any additional cost

Top Part-time Jobs in Canada for Indian Students

Salary for part-time jobs can vary according to the work they get. The average salary for a part-time job can be CAD 22 per hour, however, students are paid by hours for part-time work which is around CAD 10/hour. Also, wages for part-time work can differ from city to city.

Part-time Work

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Even though part-time work is a good way to reduce the cost of studying and the cost of living in Canada for Indian students, it is advisable that students apply for scholarships. If the scholarship amount is sufficient, they may not be required to work part-time in Canada and students can focus solely on their academics. For help with university applications, students seeking to study abroad can contact our Shiksha Study Abroad Counsellors. The comments section below allows candidates to contact us as well.

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Part Time Jobs in Canada for International Students FAQs

Q. Which are high paid part time jobs in Canada for international students?

A. Finding part-time work might be crucial for international students in Canada in order to pay for living expenses and other expenditures related to studying abroad. Even while part-time employment rates are not usually high, some jobs could pay more than average. Generally speaking, library attendant, sales executive, server/bartender, sales assistant, barista, dog walker, teacher, freelancer, and fitness instructor are some of the well-paying part-time professions available to international students in Canada. In Canada, working as a freelancer is also growing in popularity, particularly in the digital industry. Web developers, programmers, writers of articles, and designers of graphics, for instance, can make $30 to $100 or more per hour.

Q. How much can an international student earn in Canada through part-time jobs?

A. The amount that an international student in Canada can make through part-time employment varies based on the province, city, and type of job. The hourly pay for foreign students in Canada typically varies from $13 to $25. However, depending on their work type and expertise, international students may make as much as $30 to $75 per hour in Canada, with the minimum wage ranging from $11.45 to $22.50 per hour.

Q. Can I work for more than 20 hours per week as an international student in Canada?

A. From 15 November 2022 to December 2023, the 20-hour work limit for overseas students will be lifted. This is good news for those who want to immigrate to Canada since it means that foreign individuals who have previously filed for a study visa will also be subject to this temporary restriction. However, if this lifting of restriction is not taken into account, an international student on a Canada student visa cannot work for more than 20 hours per week while his/her classes are in session. During vacations, he/she can work full-time.

Q. How do I find a part-time job in Canada as an international student?

A. As an international student looking for part-time work in Canada, consider the following advice:

  • University’s centre: There are several career centres in Canadian universities and colleges that offer information and assistance to students looking for work. For your benefit, they could contain job listings and other resources.
  • Websites: Many people use,,, and to find jobs in Canada. You may narrow down your search on these websites by geography, job type, and other factors.
  • Networking: Your chances of obtaining a job might be increased by telling your lecturers and peers that you are looking. Your lecturers might be able to refer you to companies or other connections in your field of study, or they could be aware of employment vacancies.

Q. Can I offset the need of working part-time with a scholarship?

A. Depending on the precise terms and circumstances of the scholarship, it may be feasible to counterbalance the necessity of working part-time. Some scholarships include stipends, which are payments that may be used to pay for living costs and other charges. These payments may be adequate to meet living expenses without the need for part-time employment. Furthermore, some scholarships include fee offsets, which can lower or even remove the need for students to pay tuition. Additionally, this may lessen the student's financial load. In order to completely grasp the amount of cash available, it is crucial to study and apply for scholarships that match your interests and credentials. You should also thoroughly analyse the terms and conditions of any scholarship offered.

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May Mol

4 months ago

Hello, I had completed Bcom computer application in India, Kerala and I would like to study in Canada my PG course, please help me to choose right college as I need to work part time also

Reply to May Mol


Aprant AgarwalStudy Abroad Expert

3 months ago

Hello. Please refer to the following article:

Hello i want to pursue master in computer science from canada although my gpa is 6.7 so it is possible to me to get addmission please help me to let me know

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Aprant AgarwalStudy Abroad Expert

7 months ago

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10 months ago

Hello i just applied for my Canada student visa and i want to study IT/Networking can you please tell me list of universities i can apply too Thanks

Reply to Boluwatife


Aprant AgarwalStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hello. Without getting accepted into a Canadian university, you cannot apply for a Canada Student Visa. You may refer to this link and use appropriate filters:


Neha Ghagre

a year ago

Hello i am currently studying bms finance from Mumbai University and further willing to study in Canada can get to know related courses and what is the procedure

Reply to Neha Ghagre

I have received study permit with S1 catogory in canada ,Can i do Parttime Job on this category of Visa as Student?

Reply to Sanjay Brahmbhatt


Aprant AgarwalStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hi. S1 Visa is Study Only Visa, while SW1 Visa is Study and Work Visa (given to those who have compulsory work, internship, or Co-op program that requires Credits Of Work). With S1 Visa also you can work for 20 hours (part-time) during semesters. During the vacation period, full time work is allowed


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