As an international student, you can work in Canada. Follow the four steps below to find out what you need to do to get a job on campus, off campus, or through the Co-op program.
Visit the UFV Centre for Experiential and Career Education and sign up with CareerLink
The UFV Centre for Experiential and Career Education has a job bank called CareerLink. Sign up for CareerLink to view job postings, get information about info sessions, or book an appointment with a career coach.
Make sure you meet the requirements
Requirements to work on Campus
To get an on-campus job, you need to:
be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits for the current semester (3 courses), except in summer if registered full-time in Fall or Winter
maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater (check your student record through myUFV to confirm your GPA)
You do not need a work permit to work on campus.
Requirements to work off campus
Since June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks without a work permit.
Everyone who works in Canada must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to be paid. Employers must provide your SIN to Revenue Canada for income tax purposes.
To apply for a SIN, international students must present either:
a study permit issued by Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) that indicates the permit holder “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada; or
a study permit and a “confirmation to work off campus” letter issued by CIC prior to February 6, 2015.
If your study permit does not have one of the above conditions, you must submit a request for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. There is no fee for this request.
If your study permit has: This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada, printed on it and you have changed your program of study, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit and pay the applicable fee.
Check out with CareerLink to view work-study positions available on campus. Work-study positions for the Fall term are posted as early as August 15. Positions that are available for the Winter term are posted in early December.
Jobs are available year-round in a variety of areas. Each work-study position provides for 120 hours of work per semester. The number of hours you work a week may vary depending on the position, but cannot exceed 40 hours. You will earn minimum wage plus an additional 10%.
Work off Campus
If your study permit allows, you may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year (September to April) and full-time during scheduled breaks (Summer, Winter and reading breaks).
You can find work opportunities advertised on online job boards, in local newspapers, or directly on local companies’ websites.
Find a job placement as part as the Co-op program
Once accepted in the Co-op program as described in Step 2, you will have the opportunity to attend a day-long pre-employment workshop at the Centre for Experiential and Career Education to learn how to find a job placement.
The Centre for Experiential and Career Education works with employers to find suitable work placements for Co-op students. These work opportunities are not listed outside the program and are reserved for Co-op students. You can apply for these opportunities through CareerLink.
If you are interested in a job that is not listed on the Co-op job board, talk to the Centre for Experiential and Career Education. They can approach an employer on your behalf to explore the possibility of setting up a work placement.