One of the good things about studying in Canada is that you can work while you are there. This is good news for many students who want to go to school in Canada. This could be a good way for them to make money while they are in school.
There is more to learn about working and going to school in Canada. The point of this is to give you a detailed guide that tells you everything you need to know about studying and working in Canada.
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How to Study and Work in Canada: Everything You Need to Know
So, I’ll answer a few questions that will help you understand what it means to work in Canada while you study there.
You should know that you must be accepted into one of the designated learning institutions before you can work and study in Canada.
All provincial and territorial governments have given these institutions permission to accept international students. There is a number for each designated learning institution.
You might be able to get a work permit after you finish school. This is one of the good things about it. Not all institutions make you eligible, though. You have to be able to find information about the institution you want to go to. You can look at the Canada designated learning institution list page to see if they are on the list.
Canada’s Designated Learning Institutions and How to Find Them
Here’s how to find Canada’s designated learning institutions right now:
- On the Canada immigration site, you can choose the territory or province where you want to study in Canada.
- Then, look for keywords like the name of the school you want to go to or the name of the city where it is.
- Find the number of the designated learning institution and put it under “Details of the studies you want to do in Canada” when you apply for a study permit.
Note that if you are 18 or older, you don’t need to have been vaccinated to come to Canada. If you don’t have a covid-19 vaccine, you should choose an approved covid-19 readiness plan at a designated learning institution.
Can I work?
Once you’ve been accepted into a school, you’ll need a letter of acceptance or admission to process your study visa. If your application is accepted, you can work up to 20 hours per week. You should be aware that you can’t work more than that many hours, but you can work less.
There is a catch, though. As soon as school is over, you can work full-time. All day, you can work. That’s a great one for people who need to pay for school and living costs.
I should make it clear that with your study permit, you can work on or off campus.
When you get to Canada, you’ll get your study permit, which shows your status in the country and the rules for working, like being able to work 20 hours a week, etc. You will use the study permit to fill out an application for a Social Insurance Number. It’s like a number you need to prove your identity when you apply for jobs or fill out forms.
As soon as you get to the country, you should do it. Note that you can’t start working if you haven’t started your study program yet.
What if I need to do an internship?
If your studies require you to do a practical placement that is more like an internship, you will need to apply for a co-op work permit.
You need to apply as soon as possible so that you can get your application in before the time you need. If you wait too long to apply, you might miss out on the internship.
What if I finish school?
You will need a post-graduate work permit if you want to work after you graduate. It lets you get a job after you graduate.
Can my job pay for college?
Most of the jobs don’t pay much, so you won’t have enough money to pay for school. It can help pay for some of your costs, but not all of your tuition. You shouldn’t be expecting so much.
International students in Canada can find jobs that pay well.
There aren’t many high-paying jobs for international students, but you can still get them. First, you need to know how much Canada’s minimum wage is. The province you live in determines the minimum wage.
The minimum wage in Ontario is $14.37/hour. In British Columbia, the hourly wage is $15.20. In Quebec, it costs $13.50 per hour. Let’s say the average minimum wage is $14 per hour.
You must know that if you work in a restaurant, you will get paid less. And it is not illegal. People who work in restaurants often get tips from the people who eat there.
Here are some jobs that students can do that can pay well:
1. Uber/Lyft driver
Working for Uber, you can make up to $19 per hour, and working for Lyft, you can make up to $22 per hour. Some cities don’t have Lyft, so make sure to check which cities have Lyft and which cities have Uber.
Now, you need certain things to drive for Uber and Lyft. You’ll need a license to drive. If you have a driver’s license from your home country, you can trade it for a Canadian one when you get there. If you want to work for Lyft or Uber, it would be best if you had a Canadian driver’s license.
You must be able to speak either English or French very well. This doesn’t mean that you have to pass the IETLS test to do this. Just enough to be able to talk to customers well.
2. Delivery driver
It has a lot to do with the first job I told you about. It can work with FedEx, Uber hits, and so on. You will also need a driver’s license, since many deliveries are made with cars.
Some, like Uber Hits, deliver on foot or by bike. If you don’t have a driver’s license, this is another way to get around. Just make sure you have everything you need to work for this company in your city.
3. Call center representative
If you are great at talking to people and getting along with them, this will be perfect for you.
Don’t try this if you can’t talk to people very well in English. It’s not your job to work on your speaking skills. Do this job well enough.
Most businesses, organizations, and even malls need people who work in a call center. This means that more people can get this job.
It’s understandable that you think your accent might be annoying, but I’m here to tell you that you’re fine even with it. As long as you can hear what people are saying and talk to customers well.
Depending on where you work, you can get a job as a call center rep for about $15 to $20 per hour.
4. Be a tutor
If you are a good student, you can help a classmate on or off campus by tutoring them. You can help out a teacher. Some institutions offer these kinds of chances.
You will be on campus if you are a teacher’s assistant, which is a big plus for you. You can make $15 an hour as a tutor on or off campus.
If you teach your native language or something else that is pretty hard, you might be able to make more money.
5. Work at a front desk.
Most small businesses need someone to answer the phone. So, if you want to be a receptionist, you can try to get a job at a small business.
If you like talking to people, this will be good for you. It’s more like working in a call center, but you might also have to make reservations for people. You can get about $20 per week.
6. Hotel jobs.
This is also a good choice for you. In a hotel, you can choose from many different jobs. Front desk agent is a job that would be great for international students. You will need to be good with people and know how to talk well in English.
If you can speak more than one language, this is a big plus for you. Most of the time, people from other parts of the world stay in hotels when they travel. It will be great if people can talk to each other in their own language.
7. Any other campus job
This means working in places like the school library, cafeteria, etc. It’s a plus that it’s on your campus because it means you won’t have to move around as much. When you’re not in class or studying, you can just work.
One Last Thing
Getting a job as a student in Canada makes your life easier. Some jobs in Canada can even help you gain work experience that could come in handy in the future. I hope this guide gives you all the information you need about how to study and work in Canada at the same time.