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Working off campus

Determine if you are eligible to work off-campus by using the self-assessment tool on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Understand all the conditions of admissibility as well as your obligations on the Work off-campus page of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to:

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

You will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) if you would like to work. 

If you receive a salary, you will need to declare it at the provincial and federal level. Be aware of your fiscal obligations!

If you are a part-time student in the last session of the end of your program, you are authorized to work 20 hours per week.

+  study permit that does not give authorization to work off-campus

The following information is from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

NEW PROCEDURE - amendment to the conditions regarding authorization to work off-campus (only for those in an eligible program of study)


For students who have a study permit granted prior to June 1st, 2014


For students who have a study permit granted after June 1st, 2014, but whose study permit does not have a remark granting authorization to work such as: 

  • May accept employment on the campus of the institution at which registered in full-time studies

  • May work 20 hrs off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section 186(v) of IRPR

  • 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

Note: If the following remark is printed on your study permit: This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada, and you have become eligible to work on or off campus without a work permit (e.g., you have transferred to an eligible program of study), you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit and pay the applicable fee.




Request to Amend the Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Valid Temporary Resident Documents IMM 5218

This application is available in paper format only.

Urgent Applications: Requests relating to inclusion of references to on and off campus work authorization on a study permit do not qualify for urgent processing.

Processing times for the Amendment of valid temporary resident documents:

Once you have the authorization to work on your study permit, follow the directions in the link below to apply for a Social Insurance Number.

Even if you work off-campus, your studies must remain your principal activity in Canada.

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*This information has no official value and is only a synthesis of the required procedures to the best of our knowledge at the date of publication. Changes to laws can occur at any time without further notice. The laws and rules of Quebec and Canada, as well as the information provided on the websites of the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI) as well as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), take precedence over the information contained herein.

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