Working in Canada
Working While Studying: On or Off-Campus Eligibility
On-Campus work: no work permit required
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada permits students to work on campus if:
- they are registered as a full-time student on this campus
- they hold a valid study permit
On-campus work refers to any employment happens within the campus geographic boundary including university and non-university jobs.
Finding a Job
Queen’s Career Services offers a comprehensive range of accessible services to support undergraduate, professional and graduate students, and to recent alumni from all disciplines in making informed decisions around their career development and goals. Career Services staff members can support you in identifying and developing career skills, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing strategies, networking, applying for further education, and more. There are various supports to meet your needs – please visit their website to learn more and login to MyCareer to book appointments.
Career Services is located on the 3rd floor of Gordon Hall, and open Mondays to Fridays between 8:30am and 4:30pm, in person, by phone at 613 533 2992, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Off-Campus work: no work permit required
Off-campus work with a Study Permit
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s new rules allow eligible students to work off-campus without a work permit:
- For up to 20 hours per week during study periods, and full-time during scheduled breaks (ie. summer);
- from the first day of their program of study.
Students will be permitted to work off-campus if:
- they hold a valid study permit
- they are registered as a full-time student
Students who are studying at the Queen’s School of English will not be eligible for off-campus work through this program. They can still work on-campus if they meet the on-campus work eligibility requirements.
Co-Op Work Permit
If a work placement is a required part of your Canadian academic program, then you may qualify for a Co-op work permit at no charge.
This work permit is a kind of supplemental to the exiting work authorization for Study Permit holders. The off-campus work policy will only allow Study Permit holders to work up to 20 hours per week. But the students in an internship program will be required to work full time during the internship term as part of the degree requirements. This co-op work permit is just to facilitate this situation.
There are few programs at Queen’s that qualify their students for a co-op work permit. They include (but may not be limited to):
Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
Students who complete an academic degree, diploma or certificate program that is at least 8 months in length may be eligible for a work permit through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
This program is available after the completion of one program. It is a “once-in-a-lifetime” program which means that even if you complete three degrees in Canada, you can only participate in the program once.
The work permit that is issued is “open”. This means that it will not name an employer (a job offer is not required). This allows for movement between employers.
More information is available from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
Work Permit Validity Period
|Length of academic program||Length of work permit|
|8 months to 2 (academic) years||One month of work for every month of study|
|2 (academic) years or longer||3-year work permit|
|2 one-year programs where completions dates fall in within 2 years||3-year work permit|
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
SIN is managed by Service Canada. It is not part of immigration Canada legal system.
Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) are used for payroll and tax systems. As long as you are still eligible to work in Canada, following related IRCC regulations, your SIN can still be used even after it expires before you are able to extend it. As long as you applied to extend your study permit or work permit before the expiry date, you maintain the same eligibility of work in Canada under what is known as Implied Status. You will be able to extend your SIN after you have received your new study permit or work permit. Employers are encouraged to contact Service Canada if they have questions about the expiry date of your SIN and your eligibility to continue using it.
You can use your SIN to file your tax return at any time despite the expiry date.
Your SIN should never change until you become permanent resident of Canada.