It is possible to work in Canada, while you are here as a student, under any Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) work programs for students. In most cases, you will need to apply for a student work permit.
Work on campus
Find information about working at the school where you study.
Work off campus
Find information about working off campus while you study in Canada.
Work as a co-op or intern
Discover how you can work as a co-op or intern as part of your academic program.
Stay in Canada after graduation
Learn how you can stay in Canada as a permanent resident or find work after you graduate from school.
Help your spouse or common-law partner find work
Find information about how your spouse or common-law partner can apply to work while you study in Canada.
Who can apply for a post-graduation work permit?
To get a post-graduation work permit, you must:
- be 18 or older when you apply
- have continuously studied full-time in Canada in a study program at least eight months long
- have a document from your school (transcript, official letter, certificate, etc.) that confirms you completed and passed all your program requirements
- have graduated from a:
- public post-secondary school, such as a college, trade/technical school or university, or CEGEP in Quebec or
- private post-secondary school that operates under the same rules as public schools (currently applies only to certain private post-secondary institutions in Quebec) or
- private secondary or post-secondary school (in Quebec) that offers qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer, leading to a diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP) or an attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP) or
- Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law (for example, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree) but only if you are enrolled in a study programs leading to a degree as authorized by the province
- apply for a work permit within 90 days of when it was confirmed that you completed your program and
- have a valid study permit when you apply for the work permit.
You aren’t eligible to apply for a PGWP if you:
- studied in a program that was less than eight months long
- studied for more than eight months but not continuously (for example, you took a semester off)
- took part in a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- took part in a Government of Canada Awards Program funded by GAC
- had funding from GAC
- took part in the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile
- took part in the Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program
- took part in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program
- completed a study program by distance learning either from abroad or from within Canada or
- already had a post-graduation work permit following any other program of study.