Working in Canada
International students can find many opportunities to work in Canada while they study or after they graduate – if you follow the correct guidelines. Throughout the year, the ISO regularly holds information sessions about proper work-related immigration documentation.
Working while you are a student
International Students are eligible to work on the campus of their educational institution as long as they hold a valid Study Permit and are registered full-time during a regular academic semester (fall/winter). Jobs are available in many different departments on campus such as in labs, cafeterias, gyms, etc.
If you are interested in working on campus please visit the jobs on campus page, which includes a list of departments that employ students.
Graduate students are encouraged to check with their department concerning employment possibilities. They could be hired as a teaching assistant, or a research assistant. They can also apply to work as exam invigilators.
Undergraduate and graduate students may be eligible for the Work Study Program offered by the Financial Aid and Awards Office. The Work Study Program is designed to assist full-time Concordia University students, who are in financial need, to pursue their academic goals by providing part-time employment on campus (maximum 200 hours per term). Visit the Work Study website for more details and to find out if you are eligible to apply.
A Study Permit may allow you to work off campus as well. Your Study Permit must be valid. You must be registered as a full-time student and be studying in an academic program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration at a Designated Learning Instituation (Concordia University is a Designated Learning Institution). You will be allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during the academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit.
Your study permit MUST state:
"Student may accept employment on or off-campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186 (f)"
It your study permit doe snot mention the above information, please come by the ISO and meet with an advisor who will be happy to explain how to ask for an amendment.
If you are in a program which requires you to complete an internship and if it is an essential part of obtaining your degree, you may be eligible to apply for a co-op work permit through Citizenship & Immigration Canada.
To be eligible for a Co-op work permit
- You must be participating in a co-op or internship program offered by a DLI (Designated Learning Institution) in Canada where work experience is an essential part of your academic curriculum.
- You must have a valid Study Permit.
- You must have a letter from the co-op institute/department - the letter must indicate that your intended employment is an essential part of your program of study.
- Work cannot form more than 50% of the total program of study.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Institute for Co-operative Education.
Prepare for the Canadian workforce by visiting signature Montreal-based companies!
Integrating the job market is often challenging for students, particularly international students. To help prepare for this transition, the International students Office and the Student Success Centre have partenered to offer an inside view of the Canadian workplace culture, all while developing networking skills for the future.
Find out more here!
For further information on work while studying, see Canada Immigration website.
International Students who are graduating are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to allow you to work in Canada. You can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and be eligible to work for up to three (3) years in Canada. You must apply for a PGWP within 90 days of receiving your final marks, while still holding a valid Study Permit.
You can watch the ISO's post-graduation work permit webinar here.
Please note: If your Study Permit will not be valid at the time you plan to submit your PGWP application please come to the ISO and meet with an advisor.
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