Working in Canada
Working while studying has many benefits for students. Here are the options for International Students who wish to work while in Canada.
International Students do not need a work permit to work on campus if they possess a valid study permit and are enrolled as full-time students. There are several work opportunities for full-time International Students at The King’s University. Students wishing to work on campus will need to first review the information regarding on-campus employment here, and then complete the on-campus job application form here.
International Students may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. Qualified students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week:
- during regular academic sessions and
- full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
To see if you fit the requirements, see here.
Working under co-op and internships
For some academic programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. Foreign students who wish to participate in a co-op or internship program must apply for a work permit.
Things to Do in the Application Process
- Check your eligibility to apply for a work permit here
- Go through the document checklist for the documents you need
- You can apply for your work permit online or on paper
Note: You do not need to pay for an application-processing fee for this work permit.
Applying for a Social Insurance Number
In order to work anywhere in Canada, a social insurance number (SIN) is required. It is a a nine-digit number that you need to work and to have access to government programs and benefits. You can read more on how to apply for a SIN here. It is recommended that you apply in person. The most convenient Service Canada Center to get to from King's is located at
148 Millbourne Market Mall
38 Avenue & Millwoods Road
Students who had their study permits issued before June 1, 2014 might require a Confirmation to work off-campus in order to apply for a SIN. You can get this letter of Confirmation by completing the Case Specific Enquiry form on the CIC website.
Note: As an International Student you will receive a temporary SIN card that begins with the number "9". Your SIN card expires on the date indicated on the front of the card. The SIN card also expires on the date your study permit expires.