WORKING WHILE STUDYING
- You have a valid study permit.
- Your study permit states that you 'may accept employment' or 'may work' in Canada.
- You have full-time student status (Undergraduate students must be registered in a minimum of 1.5 credits in each of the fall and winter terms. Graduate students must be enrolled in a full-time Master's program).
- Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).
You must stop working if you are no longer studying full-time or when your study permit expires.
Work on campus (Campus Employment Program for International Students)
There are a limited number of on-campus jobs available for international students through the Campus Employment Program for International Students (CEPIS). CEPIS is a work/study program designed to provide students with financial assistance through part-time paid employment on campus at OCAD U. The program provides students with a valuable opportunity a gain and enhance skills and obtain work experience in Canadian context.
To be considered for CEPIS, you must:
- be an international degree-seeking student (undergraduate or graduate level)
- have a valid study permit
- be registered in full-time studies in both fall and winter terms
- complete the CEPIS online eligibility check
After confirming your eligibility, you may apply to CEPIS jobs posted on the OCAD U Talent Network.
Work off campus
You may work off-campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled school breaks and holidays.
If you are a graduate student, you may only work off campus up to 20 hours per week at any time as a graduate programs require continuous enrollment. The only exception is if you are required to do a full-time internship for your program of study. In this case, you will need to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a co-op work permit.
WORKING IN CANADA AFTER GRADUATION
Once you have completed your studies, you may be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to work in Canada for up to 3 years after graduation.
The PGWP is an "open" work permit. This means that there are no restrictions on the type of employment and you do not need to have a job offer at the time you apply.
You must apply for the post-graduation work permit within 180 days of receiving official notification from OCAD U that you have completed your degree requirements and have been approved to graduate.
SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER
If you are going to work in Canada, either on or off campus, you will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN). Your employer cannot pay you until you have this number.
You can apply for a SIN card at a Service Canada office. The closest Service Canada office to OCAD U is at City Hall at 100 Queen St. West. You will need to bring the following documents with you:
- Your passport.
- Your valid study permit (must state you 'may accept employment' or 'may work' in Canada.
- Your post-graduation work permit (for those who have graduated)