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Study permits: Working on campus

Canada is a famous country for international students. Many of these students come to Canada for language training, elementary or secondary schools, short-term programs, and more. In previous articles, we have talked about international students working in Canada. However, today we’ll focus on full-time post-secondary students who can only work on campus.

What is on-campus work?

Some full-time students can only work on the campus of the educational institution at which they are registered. This means they can work at employment facilities within the boundaries of the campus.

According to IRCC, if an institution has more than one campus, the student can work at different locations on those campuses (within the same municipality). However, if the institution has campuses in different cities, the student is restricted to working on the institution’s campus where they are registered.

Examples of on-campus work

Some examples of working on the campus include:

  • Teaching assistant (TA),
  • Administrative assistant – office duties,
  • Research assistant,
  • Social media assistant,
  • Library attendant,
  • Mailroom attendant,
  • The campus tour guide,

Of course, you can also work as a barista (working at the school café), fitness or personal trainer at the school gym, lifeguard, among others.

In terms of the employer, they can be any of the following: the institution, a faculty, a student organization, the students themselves (self-employment taking place on campus), a private business, a private contractor providing services to the institution on the campus, and more.

It is important to note that some universities and colleges are located in city centres. On-campus employers include those whose businesses serve the general public, as long as the place of business is located on the institution’s campus.

Working on campus without a work permit

Full-time post-secondary students may work without a work permit on the campus of the university or college.  Section 186 of IRPR [R186(f)] lists all potential options for working in Canada without a work permit. Two of the main requirements are to hold a study permit and be a full-time student. For more information, please click here.

<<Also Read: Work after studies in Canada>>

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