Working in Canada
International students are allowed to work on campus and off campus. Read the following for information on:
- On-Campus Work
- Off-Campus Work
- Post-Graduation Work Permit
- Obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
To work on campus, international students must be registered full-time in a regular academic program and their study permit must be valid.
On-campus job search is available through the Human Resources Office website, under Work–Study Program. The Work–Study Program helps international students find a part-time job on campus during the academic year and a full-time job during the spring/summer session.
Study permits also allow you to take jobs that are off campus. Conditions apply. See new regulations: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp
The Post-Graduation Employment Program was created for international students who have completed a program of study of eight months or more and have been granted an undergraduate or graduate degree in Canada.
Practical work experience can be gained by obtaining a three-year Work Permit (or less) valid anywhere in Canada. In order to obtain a three-year Work Permit, students must have completed at least a three-year program in a Canadian institution. Because Saint Paul University is federated with the University of Ottawa, our students can access services offered by the University of Ottawa. Only properly completed applications will be reviewed by the advisor. Incomplete applications will not be verified.
Requirements for a post-graduation work permit
- Applicants must have studied full-time for at least eight months preceding the completion of their program of study;
- Applicants have 90 days following the date at which final grades become official (under Grade Report in the student Intranet) to apply for the Work Permit. The faculty can provide a written confirmation concerning the fulfillment of all the requirements for completion of the degree (transcript, official letter, etc.);
- Applicants must have a valid Study Permit when applying for the Work Permit.
- Download and complete an application kit (Form IMM 1249 and Document checklist IMM 5583) from: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/work-students.asp;
- Make clear photocopies of your passport showing your passport photo, passport number, dates of issue and expiry, name, date of birth, stamp of Canadian authorities for all entries in Canada and any other marked pages;
- Make a photocopy of your current Study Permit and your Entry Visa (if applicable);
- Include proof of completion of your degree (a Statement of degree granted by the Registrar’s Office, Guigue Hall room 165);
- Obtain a final official transcript from the Registrar’s Office, Guigue Hall Room 165;
- Pay the CDN$150 application fee (pick up an IMM 5401 fee receipt at the International Office and pay at a bank). Please note that the fee can also be paid online at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. This method of payment requires a credit card. Do not forget to print a receipt;
- Send the complete application and all required documents to:
Citizenship and Immigration – Work Permit
6212-55th Avenue, Unit 555
Vegreville AB, T9C 1X6
How to apply for a post-graduation work permit
We recommend that you send all documentation by priority courier (Canada Post) and get a receipt with a tracking number (for your reference).
Students who find a job on campus must apply for a social insurance number (SIN) before starting work. Apply for a social insurance number at City Hall:
Ottawa Government Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West
A passport, study permit and contract of employment must be submitted when you apply.