Working in Canada

There are numerous opportunities for international students to work in Canada while studying and after graduation.

Hospitality and Tourism Students

Working On Campus

Students must be studying full-time at Olds College, and do not need a work permit to work on campus.  

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Working Off-Campus

Full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution are:

  • eligible to work off campus without a work permit
  • allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled breaks
  • able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting six months.

To be able to work in Canada, you must be registered and enroled at your designated learning institution, and you must get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada. You must continue to meet the conditions of your study permit in order to remain eligible for off-campus work.

If you are studying English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL), or participating in general interest or preparatory courses, you will not be eligible to work during your studies unless you become eligible to apply for a work permit with a positive Labour Market Opinion from Employment and Social Development Canada. 

It is your responsibility and your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to work off campus without a work permit before you begin working. If you begin working off campus without meeting the eligibility requirements, you may be subject to enforcement action under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Working After Graduation

Recent graduates can apply for a Post-Graduate work permit. Students must apply for this permit within 90 days of graduation and can apply for this permit only once. This permit will allow students to work in Canada for up to 3 years after graduation.

Social Insurance Number

After receiving a work permit, students are required to apply for a Social Insurance Number if they do not already have one. Please inquire at the International Department office for more information and to obtain an application form.

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