You may work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit if you meet the eligibility requirements.
For some Canadian academic programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. Foreign students enrolled in a school in Canada who wish to participate in a co-op or internship program need both a study permit and a work permit.
Determine your eligibility and find out how to apply.
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:
Find out if you qualify to work off campus.
If you wish to do a work term, internship or on-the-job training in Canada, without being enrolled in a Canadian educational institution, you will need to apply for a work permit (and not a study permit). The requirements and instructions are listed in our Working in Canada section.
If you are enrolled in an educational institution outside Canada that has a formal exchange agreement with a Canadian educational institution to provide Canadian citizens with reciprocal opportunities to work abroad, then you may be exempt from the requirement to obtain a labour market impact assessment. Include a copy of the agreement in your work permit application.
If you are a foreign healthcare student (medical, nursing, physiotherapy, etc.) not enrolled in a university or other educational establishment in Canada, you may do a clinical clerkship or medical elective at a Canadian medical teaching institution. You do not require a work permit or a study permit if the main purpose of the work is to acquire training. A normal training practicum should not exceed four months.
Foreign students in residency, extern or fellowship positions in Canadian clinical settings must apply for a work permit.
All healthcare students wishing to study or work temporarily in Canada must undergo a Medical examination.
If you do not need a work permit, follow the steps below. Do not use the work permit application kit and document checklist as these are not designed for you and may delay processing.
Determine whether you need a temporary resident (visitor) visa: Countries and territories whose citizens require a temporary resident visa to enter Canada.
If you require a temporary resident visa, please find out how to apply in our Visiting Canada section. In addition to the requirements listed there, please submit:
If you do not require a temporary resident visa, please submit:
Note: Processing times are the same as for study permit applications where medical examinations are required.