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Working in Canada

Working during your studies

 

Interested in working in Canada during your studies? Students might be permitted to work on- and off-campus. You must have a social insurance number (SIN) in order to get paid. For more information, see the Social Insurance Number section.

Important!
The rules that apply to working off-campus are different than those that apply to on-campus employment, so pay special attention to the information below.

Please note you must be registered full-time during the fall and winter semesters to be eligible to work under your study permit (the only exception is a partial required course load in the final semester of your degree). If, after withdrawing one or more courses, you become a part-time student, you lose the right to work during the current semester and subsequent scheduled break that follow.

On-campus employment

 Full-time students holding a study permit can work on campus during the fall and winter semesters. Students are allowed to work during the summer if they were registered full-time in the previous winter semester.

Off-campus employment

As study permit holders, students who are registered full-time during fall and winter semesters in a program that is at least six months in duration and that leads to a Université Laval degree are eligible to work off campus:

  • up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and
  • full-time during scheduled breaks, such as winter and summer holidays or fall and spring breaks.

New students registered at Université Laval may start working on the first day of classes of their first semester. If you arrive a few weeks early, you will not be able to start working until your program of study begins.

Students not authorized to work off-campus

You may not work off-campus, even if you have a study permit, if you are registered:

  • In non-degree studies
  • In pre-university training
  • In a French language learning program (FLE, FLS)
  • In an exchange program
  • Part-time
  • In a research or training internship
  • In postdoctoral training

You and your employer must determine if you are authorized to work before starting a job. The act of workingwithout authorization may result in enforcement action. It may also negatively affect future applications made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the IRPR. For example, a subsequent study permit or work permit may notbe issued.

The information presented in this table1 is for international students with a valid study permit or implied status2 .   Students must be registered full time at Université Laval to have the right to work.

 

Basic rules for On-Campus Work and Off-Campus Work

On-Campus Work

Off-Campus Work

Number of hours

No limit on number of hours

Maximum 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, no limit during holidays

Applies to

Regular students (Université Laval degree program)

Exchange students with a valid study permit

Students registered in non-degree studies or pre-university training or a French language learning program

Regular students only (Université Laval degree program longer than 6 months)

Fall & Winter semesters

On-Campus Work

Off-Campus Work

Registered full-time

Allowed
Unlimited hours

Allowed
Up to 20 hours per week; unlimited during reading week

Registered part time or not registered

Not allowed

Not allowed

Christmas & New Years' break

On-Campus Work

Off-Campus Work

Registered full time for the previous fall semester and intends to register full time for the coming winter semester

Allowed
Unlimited hours

Allowed
Unlimited hours

Other situations

Not allowed

Not allowed

Summer semester 3

On-Campus Works

Off-Campus Work

Regardless of your course load (full-time, part-time or not registered)

Allowed if registered full time for the previous winter semester.
Unlimited hours

Allowed if registered full time for the previous winter semester and intends to register full time for the coming fall semester.
Unlimited hours

 

 

There are no legal restrictions to combine work both on and off campus.

1. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations, as well as the relevant Ministry directives, take precedence over this summary. 

2. A student who requests an extension of their study permit before it has expired and who has not received a decision before the permit expires has implied status. This gives the student the right to continue studying (and working) according to the conditions of the expired permit until the application to extend the permit is granted or denied, for as long as the student remains in Canada. 

3. The summer semester will not be considered a scheduled break if registration during the summer is mandatory in your program of study (i.e. intensive or co-op program). In this case, students must be registered full-time during the summer semester in order to have the right to work on campus (unlimited hours) and off campus (up to 20 hours a week).

 
 
 

Important note: This website is intended to provide general information on current procedures, which may change at any time without notice. Quebec and Canadian laws and regulations in effect as well as the websites of Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) take precedence over this website.
This page was last updated on: 13-03-2018

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