Can International Students work in Canada?

Meridean Overseas
Meridean Overseas

Updated On 31 January 2023 & Read Time 6 minutes


We understand that leaving your home and moving to a different country can be a challenging and overwhelming journey. But don’t worry, the warm and welcoming nature of Canadians will keep you from feeling homesick. For the 300,000 lakh internationals that have chosen Canada, the country presents a plethora of opportunities to grow professionally and explore oneself.

International students don’t only hold Canada to high standards of education, but also to the high standards of work opportunities. Whatever your reasons may have been for choosing Canada we know that the experience will be extremely rewarding. Did we say rewarding? Yes, we did! You can make some pocket-money to keep you going while you study!

The Canadian student visa will allow you to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week during regular semesters, and up to 40 hours per week during breaks. And let us assure you that you’ll be blessed with job dignity too! Unlike in India, no job holds taboo and students can be seen as baristas, tutors, cashiers, and pet sitters.


So Why Work While You Study?

In India students are only expected to focus on their studies. Working is not encouraged. However, the story is completely the contrary in foreign countries like Canada. Studying abroad is comparatively an expensive affair. Having a little extra cash while you make new friends is always a good thing, wouldn’t you agree? It can help ease the burden of your parents and helps with Spring Break expenses!

But on a serious note, a part-time job as a student is an amazing way for you to earn a side income and gain industrial and cultural experience along with your studies.

We’ve Narrowed Down Some of the Most Popular Part-time Jobs in Canada for International Students

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistance is an on-campus job option. If you have any prior knowledge of any subject, then you can assist professors at your universities. The teaching assistants in Canada can earn up to 15.50 CAD per hour. And a job like this looks really good on the resume.



Students can easily grab a cashier’s job in Canada’s supermarket without any extra skills or knowledge. Some of the top supermarkets in Canada include Metro, Sobeys, Safeway, and Walmart. The average income you can earn by becoming a cashier is 20 CAD per hour. Also, it is among the highest-paying part-time jobs in Canada.  So start planning that spring break trip to Niagara Falls!


Personal Tutor

If students have expertise in certain subjects, becoming a personal tutor is an amazing option. In Canada, a personal tutor can earn up to 15-20 CAD per hour. We know of students who are  teaching English to students from the subcontinent and also from Asia. And if you are good writing research papers, there will be many takers of your tutoring services.


Pet sitter

If you love animals, nothing like sitting cats and dogs for working families! That entails walking their dog/s, feeding their pets, and scooping cat litter! Not at all a problem for those of you who have the heart for the four-legged! And in addition to all the fluff, you also earn some dinero of about 15 CAD per hour.


Baby Sitter

Yes we have seen them in the movies, but the job can be equally fun in real. Imagine taking kids to the park and watching cartoons with them! But working this profile will entail passing a background check. Once you do and you manage to win over the parents, you can bag about 15 CAD per hour.


Delivery Boy/ Girl

No it isn’t a taboo to deliver pizza! Delivery boys and girls earn extremely well. The only two skills you need is people’s skill and driving. In Canada, you can earn up to 12-18 CAD per hour delivering for a food chain.



In Canada, students can easily find plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes to work as a bartenders/ waiters/servers/ chefs/ baristas, depending upon the your experience, interest and skills. Through part-time job at bars and eateries, students can earn up to 11 CAD per hour. And did we mention the hefty tips you’d be making?

Excited? Well you should be! You are off to have some fun as an international student in Canada!

How and Where Do You Get Started?

International students have the option to work either on-campus or off-campus. You must apply for a work permit and get your SIN number before finding a job.

And how can you find a job? Canadian educational institutes are willingly ready to help you find the perfect part-time job. However, you can also do the scouting. Most eateries and bars will post their vacancies in the college campus and in their premises. Most schools also have a career center. And the key is to socialise and become likeable! Just go around departments and ask for help!

Busting Myths About Working in Canada

Undoubtedly moving abroad is a completely new journey for you. You might be thinking about how you will manage all the things on your own. But don’t worry, we’re here to aid in your journey.
We agree to German Philosopher and writer Hannah Arendt that Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you, and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time. This sums up everything we want you to believe about the journey you are set to embark on.


# Myth No. 1: Taboo here is an opportunity there

In Canada, as an international student, you get plenty of work options, such as waiting tables, bartending, babysitting, dog walking, supermarket stockist and handling cash registers. None of them is your ideal job here. These are not professions but a way for you to learn more about yourself. Do them with pride because in Canada, no matter what kind of job you are doing, you’ll always be respected for your work.


# Myth No. 2: Not a needle in the haystack

You might think that as an international student it will be a little difficult for you to find a part-time job. We say a big no! Since Canada is an immigration-friendly English-speaking county, you will not face difficulties in finding part-time work. You just have to step out of your comfort zone and apply for the job!


# Myth No. 3: You are protected

You have rights and you will not be exploited by your employer. Your rights will be equally respected as a non-resident just as a resident’s would. The Canadian laws are encouraging of international students.

If you are planning to study in Canada and have questions about employment, our expert counsellors at Meridean Overseas Education Consultant (MOEC) will provide you the best guidance and support for your process.. You can also opt for our free online counselling through our website. Mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011

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