Learn more about working while you study

Working while studying can be a good way to gain Canada work experience and help support you while you’re studying abroad.


Gaining experience of a Canada workplace also helps you develop skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping, interpersonal skills and workplace-relevant English language.

Manage your working hours with your study permit, so your academic performance isn’t compromised, and keep in mind that the scholarships set limits on the number of hours you can work. This may help you in future for your PR application filling.

Canada has a wide range of industries that offer part-time and full time work.


Some educational institutes also offer students part-time work like teaching, tutoring or carrying out administration duties. Also multiple universities and colleges provide with CO-OP programs in which the student can work on campus like cafeterias, library etc.

Paid internships are a good way of acquiring industry experience and networking with people in your field of study. Carrying out voluntary work in Canada can also be a great addition to your CV, giving you useful experience of the Canadian workplace.

Many students use job searching portals and various career events on campus in order to find part time work. Many others find part time jobs by directly walking into various shops, cafes or restaurants along with their CV's and searching out for jobs if available. If you have worked in your home country, it may be helpful to ask your employer for a written reference that you could show to a potential Canadian employer.

International students have legal rights and entitlements as anyone else working in Canada.


The rights include your right to be paid at least the minimum wages, public holidays and rest breaks. If you have a Student Visa you may be able to work:

If you are a Masters by research or PhD student, you may work full-time.


To check whether you’re able to work while studying, visit Immigration Canada's website.

Your work rights while studying

Student visas


If you have a Student Visa you may be able to work:

Up to 20 hours a week during term time
Full-time during scheduled holidays

Masters and PhD


If you are a Masters by research or PhD student, you may work:

Up to 20 hours a week during term time
Full-time during scheduled holidays

Learn more about working while you study

Most of the overseas students can work up to 20 hours per week in Canada and can work up to 40 hours during the term breaks without any work permit. Working during the study in Canada can help you make relations, help you gather work experience in Canada and In future could help you in searching a job.

Students enrolled in DLI (designated leaning institutes) can work off the campus without any work permit during the time of their studies. As a student you have an option of working on the campus or off the campus , by working off campus means that your organization or the employer would be outside the college of the university and by saying on campus it means that the student may work for the college or university for example :-, gym or restaurant which is on campus, or in liabrary as a pert time job