Work Permit Updates in Canada


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 11 October 2022 & Read Time 6 minutes



Canada is one of those study-abroad destinations where most Indians reside. Canada's warm and welcoming culture has resulted in it becoming one of the favourite study-abroad destinations. Studying in Canada is cost-effective and opens the door to various opportunities for international students.

Students who wish to study in Canada go there with many dreams to fulfil. These dreams can only be fulfilled with academic excellence and practical knowledge. Canada is one of those countries that emphasises practical knowledge and prepares students to exploit opportunities in the corporate world. Its research-oriented institutes help in gaining in-depth knowledge of every subject and help the student learn beyond the books.

When one chooses to study abroad, they do not only choose to study in universities; they choose to study in every step of their journey. Students are exposed to new things at every step and learn something from them. Working while studying is one of those major parts of the study abroad journey. Students get the knowledge of finances, get corporate experiences and learn how to bring an entrepreneurial mindset while working abroad.

Earlier, international students in Canada were allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Due to the labour shortage in Canada, the Canadian Government has temporarily lifted this rule.

Work Permit Canada Updates

Canada has been ruling the education sector for the past two decades. There are a lot of factors that have helped the country to be the most chosen study-abroad destination. Canada is home to various renowned firms that proudly support fresh talent. Students are given abundant opportunities to work in the sector they are studying or work according to their needs.

International students in Canada are now allowed to work more than 20 hours per week. It is a great opportunity for students seeking relevant work experience while studying and making their CV strong. Canada is currently facing a huge labour shortage, and this work permit limit has been lifted to solve this.

The unemployment rate in Canada is falling with each passing day and is currently lower than historical standards. Students must have study permits to avail the benefits of new work permit Canada policies. The Canadian Government representatives said in an interview that they are working hard to process study permit applications. This change will allow students to work post-20 hours both on campus and off campus.

Since this is a temporary upliftment of policies, students are advised to submit a study permit application as soon as possible. This is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience while studying and earn a decent amount of money.

Post-covid, Canada has faced a huge labour shortage; this decision is to overcome that labour shortage. Thousands of employers are currently looking to increase their staff by hiring talented individuals. Hence, this is a great time to study in Canada. It will enable students to understand Canada's working culture and ease their PR process

Off-Campus Working in Canada

Indian students in Canada are allowed to work off-campus in Canada. This type of work is where students can work with employees or organisations that are not on their university campus. Students were earlier allowed to work with more than 2 employers also but under a certain time limit. But after the work permit updates in Canada, students can work with a different organisation in their free time without any hourly restrictions.

Off-Campus Work Rules

  1. The student should have a valid study permit and should be studying at DLI (Designated Learning Institute). A valid Student Visa Canada is required to get a study permit.

  2. The student should be enrolled in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training programme.

  3. The programme in which the student is enrolled should be at least six months long. 

  4. The international student must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada.

  5. If the student is allowed to switch universities or authorized to leave universities, they are not allowed to work off-campus.

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On-Campus Working in Canada

Indian students in Canada are allowed to work at Canadian Universities. In this, student works only in the buildings or organisations directly owned by the educational institute they are enrolled in. There are certain cases where the university has more than one campus; in this case, the student is allowed to work on the campus where they are studying. On-campus employers are:

  1. University

  2. Faculty members

  3. Student organisation

  4. The private contractor that provides on-campus services to the university

On-Campus Work Rules

  • Indian students should have a valid study permit. A valid Student Visa Canada is required to get a study permit. 

  • Students should have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to become eligible for working on campus in Canada

  • The student must be enrolled full-time at a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, university, trade or technical school, or CEGEP in Quebec, a private post-secondary institution that follows the same regulations as public schools in Quebec. Additionally, they may participate in secondary or post-secondary programmes at private or public institutions in Quebec that offer qualifying courses lasting at least 900 hours and leading to a diploma in vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of occupational specialisation (AVS).

Post-Graduation Work Permit

A post-graduation work permit is a permit that international students in Canada get after completing their graduate programme. This allows the student to work temporarily in Canada, or when they get a permanent job offer from a reputed firm in Canada, they can apply for PR also.

Eligibility Criteria for PGWP

  • International students in Canada should have completed their graduation from a Canadian university.

  • The study program must have awarded them a certificate, diploma or degree.

  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time course to become eligible for PGWP.

These are the certain rules that students need to follow after the new work permit update. Students cannot easily work more than 20 hours per week during their term. Previously students were allowed to work post 20 hours/week only in term or semester breaks.

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