How to Work and Study in Canada

Canada is a popular destination for international students pursuing higher education while gaining work experience.

If you’re considering this path, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process of working and studying in Canada.

This information is correct as at the time of publishing this article.

Step 1: Apply for a Study Permit

Before studying in Canada, you need to obtain a study permit. This document allows you to study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. To apply, you’ll need:

  • Proof of acceptance from a DLI.
  • Proof of identity, such as a valid passport.
  • Proof of financial support to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation.

Step 2: Understand Your Work Eligibility

As an international student with a study permit, you can work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as winter and summer holidays or spring break. Starting Fall 2024, you can work up to 24 hours per week.

Step 3: Find a Job

You can start looking for jobs once you’re in Canada. Use job search websites, university career centers, and networking to find employment opportunities. Remember, you can work for any employer in Canada, not just on campus.

Step 4: Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

To work in Canada, you need a SIN. Apply for one through Service Canada as soon as you arrive. You’ll need your study permit and passport to complete the application.

Step 5: Balance Work and Studies

Working while studying can be challenging, so managing your time effectively is important. Create a schedule that allows you to focus on your studies while gaining valuable work experience.

Step 6: Explore Post-Graduation Work Opportunities

After graduating, you may want to stay in Canada to work. The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have completed their studies to obtain an open work permit and gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Step 7: Consider Permanent Residency

If you wish to stay in Canada permanently after your studies, explore immigration programs like the Canadian Experience Class, which considers your Canadian education and work experience as factors for permanent residency.


Studying and working in Canada can open many doors for your future. By following these steps and understanding the requirements, you can maximize your Canadian education and work experience. Good luck on your journey!

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