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Working in Canada

Working part-time while you’re studying at Laurier helps you to earn extra income and gain transferable work skills that may assist you in gaining full-time employment after graduation.

As you decide whether you will work part-time, think about the time you need to focus on your courses and complete your homework; your studies must remain your primary purpose for being in Canada.

Note: All information is subject to change and students should refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada, or CIC) website for current information.

Dictated Study Permit

If you decide to work part-time while studying, you do not need to apply for a separate work permit. Your study permit will indicate whether you are allowed to work in Canada. Degree-seeking students are permitted to work on campus during their studies.

During regular academic sessions, you can work up to 20 hours per week and during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break, you can work full-time off campus.

Study permits must say at least one of the following:

  • May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies.
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.