Hiring Students

Payments for students range from term positions, where they are paid employment income to scholarship monies.
There are a number of different venues for student hiring dependent on the type of employment.

UNB Student Employment Service - Fredericton
UNB Student Employment Service - Saint John

Part-time Employment or Full-Time Summer Employment Student Positions

All payments to students other than scholarships is normally considered employment income and must be submitted on a Staff Change Form. This would cover most part-time student employment positions or full-time student employment during summer break or holidays.

Up to 28 hours, a week designates a part-time position
29 hours per week or more designates a full-time position


Policy Statement and Guidelines Concerning the Employment and Payment of Undergraduate Students as Markers, Readers and Demonstrators

Recommended rates of pay for undergraduate student positions

GRA, RA, GAA and GTA

Payments processed through the School of Graduate Studies include:

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
Research Assistant (RA)
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)
Graduate Academic Assistantship (GAA)

GRA and GAA (thesis-related) are treated as scholarship monies while GTA monies are considered employment income.

The above payments must be submitted on the School of Graduate Studies Authorization for Payment GRA/GAA form.  GTA payments may be made using the GTA/RA- Staff Change Form. Click here for all forms.  Graduate students receiving funding in the form of GRA or RA monies should contact the School of Graduate Studies prior to taking on other non-thesis related employment to ensure they comply with UNB and funding agency guidelines.

Information on the GAU Collective Agreement:

Article 13 and Article 14 - Appointments of GTA and RA
Info for GAU re: Collective Agreement with UGSW

Hiring Foreign Workers

 If you plan to hire a foreign worker in Canada you must follow specific guidelines from regarding Temporary Foreign Worker Program from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Contact UNB Human Resources with any questions prior to any hires in order to facilitate the process and ensure compliance with federal policies.

Important Notice from Service Canada

Some recent changes imposed by the social insurance program when issuing social insurance numbers to international students.  In the past a simple contract of employment was sufficient along with the Study Permit of the student as long as it was signed by both parties. 

New changes have taken effect over the last couple of months requiring that additional information be included in the contract of employment presented to Service Canada when requesting a social insurance number with a study permit.  The information requested can be found at Service Canada.


Since there is a lot of information required, a template has been created to help employers insure that all requested information is included when the student requests a social insurance number.  Click here for a sample of this contract of employment.