Working Off-Campus

Study permit holders in Canada may gain work experience by working off campus while completing their studies. As of June 1, 2014, students may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to:

  • work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and
  • work full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays and independent reading weeks.

To qualify, you must:

  • have a valid study permit;
  • be a full-time student at a designated learning institution (DLI);
  • have started studying;
  • are in a program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate and is at least six months long;
  • have a Social Insurance Number (SIN);
  • If you are no longer a full-time student, you may still work off-campus if you:
    • have been a full-time student since you started your program in Canada and are now studying part-time only because this is your last semester (and you don’t need a full course-load to complete your program);

You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the above eligibility requirements. Use the self-assessment tool to see if you are eligible to work off campus without a work permit. For more information please visit:

You cannot work off-campus if you are:

  • studying French or English as a second language (ESL/FSL);
  • taking general interest courses or courses to prepare for another study program;
  • a visiting or exchange student who won’t get a degree from your host school in Canada;


Please note: Immigration Regulations are Legislated by the Federal Government of Canada and are subject to Change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada. Fleming College staff are not authorized to provide advice or guidance on immigration-related matters. Applicants and students should consult the IRCC website at or contact the IRCC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to confirm or clarify immigration-related information and requirements.