You can only start working in Canada when you start your study program. You can’t work before your studies begin.

You can work as an international student in Canada if your study permit lists a condition that says you’re allowed to work on or off campus.

Eligibility Requirements

You can work on your school campus without a work permit if you:

  • Are a full-time student
  • Have a valid study permit
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Once you no longer meet these eligibility criteria (e.g. if you transition to part-time enrolment or your study permit expires), you must cease on-campus employment. For additional details, please refer to the Work on Campus page on the IRCC website.

Should you have any additional inquiries and would like to be connected with an International Student Advisor, please feel free to reach out to You can also visit them in person on campus or book an online consultation via the MyFCT Portal.

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