Students – Work: COVID-19 program delivery

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

From March 18, 2020 to August 31, 2020, students were allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during an academic session in an essential service.

The corresponding public policy remains in place to prevent students who worked more than 20 hours per week during an academic session in an essential service from being penalized on future immigration applications (for example, a study permit extension or the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program).

On and off-campus work

As of September 1, 2020, students must be full-time, enrolled at a DLI and meet all on-campus and off-campus work eligibility requirements in order to work in Canada.

Students who are eligible for on-campus work can continue to work remotely for the employers located within the boundaries of the educational institution at which they are registered. It is recommended that employers provide a teleworking work agreement to the students as confirmation.

Co-op work permit

Applicants under exemption code C32 (post-secondary co-op) or C33 (secondary school co-op) are exempt from the work permit processing fee.

Outside Canada

Students who are outside of Canada can work while their study permit and co-op work permit are being processed. If their school and employer agree, they can either

Inside Canada

Students who are already in Canada and have applied for a co-op work permit may begin their co-op placement using their on-campus and off-campus work authorization, provided they meet all the eligibility requirements.

There is no limit on work hours for on-campus work. Students may accept employment on the campus of the university or college at which they are a full-time student under paragraph 186(f) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). For off-campus work authorization as per paragraph R186(v), students can work a total of 20 hours per week during an academic term/semester, including both the hours for co-op and the hours for their regular paid job (if they have one), while they are waiting for their co-op work permit. They can work full-time during the regularly scheduled breaks.

However, if the co-op work permit application is refused, they must stop their co-op work immediately.

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