Types of work permits
When you have been studying in Canada as an academic student for 6 months, you may be eligible for an Off-Campus Work Permit. This permit will allow you to work off-campus a maximum of 20 hours a week during the school year and full-time during school holidays.
If a work semester is part of your studies, you will need a Co-op Work Permit. With this permit you can work full-time as part of your degree program, usually in a co-op Program.
Once you graduate from the university, you may be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. This document will allow you to stay working full-time in Canada for up to three years after you graduate.
Students are able to apply online for most of these permits. To apply, please go to the CIC website.
Information session for work permits
The International Student Advisors will help you with the work permit application each Wednesday morning at 8am. Please bring the application form and document checklist to the session. Before attending the session, please read about the off-campus work permit here.
Please bring the application form and document checklist to the session. You can find the documents here:
- off-campus work permit application
- document checklist for the off-campus work permit
- Post-graduate work permit checklist
Social Insurance card
In order to be able to work in Canada under any of the previous programs you will need a Social Insurance Number or SIN. You can apply for your SIN Card at the Service Canada Office at 1 Agar Place, Saint John. You will need to take your Study Permit and passport if you are working on campus and if you are working off campus you will need your work permit (Off-Campus, Co-op or Post-Graduate) and passport.
Your SIN Card will expire when your permission to stay in Canada does. If you renew your Study or Work Permit you will need to renew your SIN Card as well.
For more information on the SIN Card visit Service Canada.