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Work in Canada

Published on 18-May-2021

Work in Canada

International students have to follow certain regulations if they want to work in Canada, and they are in need of a work permit. In On - campus work, the employer can be one of the following below:

  • A student organization
  • A private contractor within the area of the campus, such as, a business in the university village.
  • The University

While studying, students can work in Canada if they are eligible by having a study permit, including a provision that working is permissible either on or off campus as soon as you start your course of studying in any respected university.


Students who are eligible to work in Canada may work for any employer in Canada, and the first thing to do is to find a job. Now, these are the most promising jobs that international students can look for:

  • Educational interpreter: 13 CAD/hour.
  • Customer service assistant: 11 CAD/hour.
  • Aquarium interpreter: 13 CAD/hour.
  • Sales assistant: 12 CAD/hour.
  • Cook: 13 CAD/hour.
  • Office assistant: 13 – 15 CAD/hour.
  • Human resources assistant: 13 CAD/hour


International students have to attain full credit hours in an academic, vocational or professional training program lasting for 8 months at a certified Designated Learning Institute-DLI List, in order to obtain a Post – Graduation Work Permit. The study program must, consequently, result in having an academic degree.


International students can work up to 20 hours a week, and it is illegal to work more than 20 hours a week, which, sometimes, leads to losing the student status, and might not be given a study or work permit for the coming days. Students might expose themselves to leaving the country, So they have to abide by the rules. They are supposed to work after university time up to 20 hours, and up to 40 hours a week if their cumulative average is good.

Some Tips for International Students

To facilitate obtaining work permits, contacting the Canadian embassy at your mother country is helpful to know definite information about obtaining work permits.

EU and U.S citizens may stay in Canada for 3 months without having to have a visa. A residence permit may be in need of a personal interview, health test and going over a student's application form.

 Teaching: hospitality in hotels, in medical clinics, in research institutes, where these jobs can be located out of campus, but still they have a close relation or connection with UBC, is still called on - campus work, because this is a university - related work at these facilities.


Students can't work on - campus as soon as:

  • They stop studying full - time
  • When the study permit expires
  • During on -authorized leaves studies

Students can return to work when they are back to studying and meet all requirements concerning work on - campus.


The application method in Canada

Checking the regional news looking for work is a good way to find a job, as Canada is a very large country, and you have to know how to marketting yourself, because the application process in Canada is commercial.


The application form in the English – speaking areas of Canada is much advisable to be in the American language , and it is very important to master different language skills because having a conversation in a social setting is different from having it in a business setting.


Resume is used instead of CV in Canada, and you should convince the employer to have him make an interview with you via your resume. Resume is your marketing tool.

Using precise sentences filled with action verbs is something good to write a short profile of yourself; the profile should be practical describing your qualities which are necessary for the respected job.

The application letter has to be short and in a professional form, and make sure you find out to whom the letter is to be addressed, and not to forget to make your industry experience  clear. At last,  write your telephone number in the end of your application letter.


Experienced workers in Canada are paid up to 69,000 Dollars a year; while the average student salary in Canada is up to almost 39,000 Dollars a year, or 20 Dollars each hour.