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Working during your studies

Studying must be your main activity. However, you can work during your studies under certain conditions.

Working on campus

You can hold a job in an office or room located on the campus of your educational institution. For example, this includes: 

  • A library; 
  • A research establishment associated with your educational institution; 
  • A cafeteria. 

For conditions, see the Government of Canada’s Work on campus This hyperlink will open in a new window. page.

Working off campus as an intern

You can work outside your educational institution as part of a paid or unpaid internship. This internship must be compulsory as part of your Québec study program. 

You usually need to obtain a cooperative work permit from the Government of Canada. 

For conditions, see the Government of Canada’s Work as a co-op student or intern This hyperlink will open in a new window. page.

Working off campus

Under certain conditions, you can work outside your campus for the duration of your studies without a work permit:   

  • Up to 20 hours during study sessions; 
  • Full-time during the holidays stipulated in the school calendar. 

For conditions, see the Government of Canada’s Work off campus as an international student This hyperlink will open in a new window. page. 

Last update: October 13, 2021

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