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Are You Considering Working While Studying in Canada?

Confirm that your study permit is valid* for postsecondary studies and verify that your study permit allows you to work on or off campus. For more information, see the Government of Canada website:

You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the above eligibility requirements (e.g., if you are no longer a full-time student during an academic session.)

Apply for a Co-op Work Permit

A co-op work permit is required if your program has a mandatory co-op, internship, or work placement component. See the Government of Canada website and find more information here.

A co-op work permit only allows students to perform worked required for their program of study. It is not valid for other off-campus work. 

How Do I Get a Social Insurance Number? (SIN)

You need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs. You must have one of the following conditions or remarks printed on your study permit in order to apply for a SIN for off-campus work:

  • “May work 20 hours/week off-campus or fulltime during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v) or IPRP.”
  • “May accept employment on or off campus if meeting criteria eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w).”
  • “Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.”

If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions or remarks, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.

If 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, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit and pay the applicable fee.

Visit the Government of Canada website for more information.

*View the eligibility and requirements for applying for a Study Permit here.

Find a Job in Canada

International students can visit the Humber Career Centre to see job postings and for help with resumé writing, cover letter reviews, and mock job interviews.


If you have further questions: attend a study permit workshop or contact an International Student Advisor.